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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Eight (Jan. 8th)

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WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our men’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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Jehyve Floyd averaged 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds last week in a 1-1 week for Holy Cross men’s basketball. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Week: Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd averaged 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds last week in a pair of games, while hitting 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts. The senior forward led the team with a season-high 20 points and a career-best 15 rebound during the Crusaders’ 80-73 win at Loyola. Against Navy, Floyd, who got into foul trouble in the first half, scored 10 points in the second half against the Midshipmen, including two free throws with 25.7 seconds left to tie the game at 48-48.

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Assumption College first-year Michael Speight netted a career-high 20 points during his team’s lone contest last week against Saint Anselm. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Michael Speight (Assumption College| Fr.|Morningside, Md.): Speight went off for a career-high 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot in the team’s lone game last week, which was a 78-70 loss to No. 4 Saint Anselm.


Erik Bjorn (Worcester State| Soph.| Holden, Mass.): In an exciting MASCAC clash with Salem State last Saturday, Bjorn concluded the contest with 18 points, nine rebounds (six defensive caroms) and one block. Bjorn connected on 9 of 11 field goals for a season-best 81.8 shooting percentage.

Kareem Davis (Becker College| Sr.|Lowell, Mass.): Davis had a superb effort on Saturday to lead Becker’s upset bid at Eastern Nazarene College. The senior team captain scored 28 points and shot 41 percent from behind the three-point line, all while dishing out eight assists with two steals before the Hawks fell short, 77-67. For the week, Davis averaged 16.5 points and 5.0 assists per game. Becker is back on the court on Tuesday night when they host Mitchell College at 6:00 p.m.

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College| So.| North Potomac, Md.): In Assumption’s only contest last week, Kelly was dynamic against No. Saint Anselm. He finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists in an eight-point loss to the Hawks.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists, 1.5 steals and two blocks per contest over two games for the Green and Gold last week. He netted a team best 21 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a 90-82 win over Regis College last Wednesday before adding a team-leading 22 points, six caroms, three assists, one steal and two blocks in a 73-71 setback to Framingham State on Saturday.

Reid Walker (WPI | So.|Lithia, Fla.): Walker averaged 13.5 points in a pair of tough tests to open NEWMAC play. The sophomore netted 10 points at MIT before scoring a game-high 17 at Babson College.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Eight (Jan. 8th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our women’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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Lauren Manis was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week after a pair of solid performances last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis had back-to-back double-doubles — her 10th and 11th of the year in 13 games — to open Patriot League play. Against Colgate on Thursday, she recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds; at Lafayette on Sunday, she recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds, including four offensive boards. She has recorded double-digit points in every contest this year

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Avery LaBarbera continues to be a first-year player to watch as she turned in two impressive performances at the end of last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera reached double figures in both contests this past week, recording 17 points, four rebounds and four assists against Colgate on Thursday before posting 10 points, six rebounds and three assists at Lafayette on Sunday. She has been in double figures nine times this year.


Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Sr. | Waterford, Conn.): Just days after netting 1,000th point in her team’s 60-56 win over UC Santa Cruz, Berkel posted 12 rebounds, four points, two blocks, one steal and one assist in her team’s 54-44 win over Salem State.

Caitlin Boermeester (WPI | So. | Billerica, Mass.): The sophomore notched a game and career-best five steals to go with six points on 3-4 shooting inside the arc, two assists and two rebounds in Saturday’s 49-26 win over Mount Holyoke. The team leader with 1.3 swipes per game played a game-high 33 minutes, the most for an Engineer since her 37 minutes versus UMass Boston during the WPI Holiday Tournament.

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption | So. | Washington Township, N.J. ): Capacchione came up clutch for the Hounds last weekend in helping them taking down AIC 75-65. The junior scored a team-high 16 points, with six rebounds, four assists and one block in a complete performance.

Sierra Johnson (Anna Maria| Jr. | Brockton, Mass.): Against Northern Vermont-Johnson this past weekend, Johnson netted 20 points on 10 of 20 shooting, while adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Johnson has netted 20 points or more four times this season.

Ciara McKissick (Becker College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick continued to fill up the stat line with seven points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals against Regis on Saturday in a 49-37 loss. The Hawks will be back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Eastern Nazarene College for a 5:30 p.m. game in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play.


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Clark’s Paul Phillips To Retire After 2018-19 Season

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By Matt Nooonan | @MattNoonan11

Clark University men’s basketball coach Paul Phillips announced late Wednesday evening that he will be retiring at the conclusion of his team’s 2018-19 season.

Phillips, who is in his 21st season with the Cougars, enters his team’s current holiday break with a career record of 438-360, which includes wins from his previous stop at Anna Maria College.

The Cougars’ long-time bench boss has guided the Red and White to 273 wins since arriving on campus prior to the start of the 1996-97 campaign, which is the most wins by any coach in the Clark men’s basketball program history. Additionally, Phillips has led the Cougars to four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and conference tournament championships, along with five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Clark last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

As of Thursday morning, Phillips has guided his current squad to four wins, including a pair of recent victories earlier this month against Framingham State and Regis College.

Clark, which sits at 4-5 overall, is off until Saturday, December 29th when they host Curry College on the opening day of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic.

In a statement last night to the media, which was also seen through the Clark athletic website, Phillips said he has been “contemplating” his retirement for “for quite a while,” but feels its best to walk away after his team’s current season concludes.

“I truly appreciate everything that Clark has done for me and everything that the institution has allowed me to do,” Phillips said in last night’s press release. “I will miss the student-athletes the most, but will also miss the action and camaraderie that is developed on and off the court.”

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Paul Phillips is currently the all-time winningest coach in Clark University men’s basketball program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Phillips was tabbed the 1999-2000 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while earning the Paul N. Johnson Memorial Award from Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) in 2016.

Prior to his arrival at Clark, Phillips enjoyed a successful 10-year stint (1986-96) with the Anna Maria men’s basketball program, which included six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crowns, along an appearance in the 1995-96 NCAA Division III Tournament’s ‘Sweet Sixteen.’

Phillips’ 1995-96 AMCATs squad set the program’s current record for most wins (25) in a singles-season, which was almost matched by the 2012-13 squad that finished its season with 21 victories.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Five (Dec. 11th)

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WORCESTER  Another busy week of Worcester area basketball has been recorded, which means it is time to unveil our fifth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Women’sPlayer of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis registered a pair of double-doubles – her seventh and eighth of the season – in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. She led Holy Cross to an overtime victory over Hofstra University last Wednesday, posting 26 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks, including the go-ahead basket in overtime. She additionally had a 22-point, 10-rebound performance against the University of New Hampshire on Sunday to lead the Crusaders in both categories. She is tied for the Division 1 lead with eight double-doubles this year.

LaBarbera WACBA WEB NS WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera was a factor all over the floor last week in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In an overtime win against Hofstra University last Wednesday, she posted a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds to become one of three Holy Cross players to post a double-doubles in that particular outing. Against the University of New Hampshire on Sunday, she recorded six points and four assists.

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Jordan Hawkins (Assumption | Sr. | Glen Burnie, Md.): Hawkins was an influential player in Assumption’s 55-49 victory over No. 19 Stonehill College last week. Hawkins recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards, in her first career double-double, while also earning one block and one steal in her 34 minutes of play. Hawkins shot 55.6 percent from the floor and scored five points of the team’s last nine points with one steal in the final 3:00 of the game to help Assumption hold off the Skyhawks.

Ciara McKissick (Becker College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick had a great all-around week for the Hawks, averaging 17.5 points per game on 68.4 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. The senior captain scored 20 points to lead Becker to a 62-56 win at Newbury on Friday night in a rematch of last season’s NECC Finals.

Catherine Coppinger (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Dorchester, Mass): Averaged a double-double of 16 points and 17.5 rebounds per contest as well as 1.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game in two contests for the Falcons last week. She poosted a double-double of 22 points and 19 boards to go along with one assist and three steals in a 74-71 setback to Suffolk University on Thursday before adding a double-double of ten points and 16 caroms as well as two assists and four steals in a 64-47 victory against Southern Vermont on Saturday.

Bailey Savage (WPI | Fr.| Charlton, Mass.): Savage averaged 14 points and 4.5 rebounds, and totaled four assists and two steals in the Engineers 1-1 week. After tying her career-high of 11 points at the half versus Clark, the freshman went on to share game-high honors with 15 on the day.

WACBA Milestone/Highlight: Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison became the seventh Hawk in the history of the program to reach 1000 career points on Monday night in Becker’s at the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.). Harrison led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. She hit a three-point jumper with 2:17 to go in the game to give her 1,001 points for her career. Harrison becomes the first Hawk to make the list since former Becker great Haley Ooms did it on February 4th, 2014.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Dec. 4th)

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WORCESTER  Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means its time to unveil our fourth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Men’s Player of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Soph. | Leicester, Mass.):Morrow averaged a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 74 percent from the floor in a pair of conference wins for the Bison last week. He dropped in 18 points and pulled down seven boards in a win over Salve Regina on Wednesday, then posted 18 points and pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds in a win over arch rival Endicott. Morrow is averaging 14.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in six games this season.

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Kareem Davis (Becker College | Sr.| Lowell, Mass.): Davis averaged 24.3 points per game over three games this past week, with 5.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals. The senior team captain shot 45 percent from the floor and 32 percent from behind the arc. Unquestionably the highlight of his season so far came on Tuesday as the Hawks hosted Springfield College, who had been ranked #7 in the country the week before. Davis scored a career-high 34 points to lead Becker to the upset victory, their first of the season.

Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Soph.|Oakland, Calif.): Led the team with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals at Harvard. He also made all five of his three-point attempts at Harvard, to tie the school single-game record for three-point percentage. He then totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. For the week, Grandison averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals on the week, while hitting 54.5 percent from three-point range.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Jr.|West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski narrowly missed a double-double with 9.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as the 6-0 Engineers went 2-0 last week. He began with 11 points and a game-best 10 rebounds at Tufts on Tuesday. The local product then scored eight points and hauled in 11 boards in a WACBA showdown Saturday at Fitchburg State.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Jr.|Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy averaged 15 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as the Lancers went 2-0 on the week. McCarthy opened the week with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double in a win over Lasell College on Thursday, before putting up 14 points in a win over Connecticut College on Saturday. McCarthy currently ranks second on the Lancers with 13.1 points per game.


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