WACBA HONOR ROLL: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Tuesday, Dec. 12th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the fourth week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week:
 
Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped the Bison win three-straight games last week, while averaging 26.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. He scored 25 points, including 7-of-14 three-pointers, to go with five rebounds and five assists and a block in a 91-79 win at Roger Williams. He followed that up with 28 points, with 6-of-10 triples, four rebounds and five assists in a 90-77 win over Becker. He wrapped up the week with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 106-76 win at Anna Maria. For the week, Echevarria shot 46.7% (25-of-55) from the field, 50% (18-of-36) from beyond the arc, and 84.6% (11-of-13) from the free throw line.


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Rookie of the Week
: Biko Gayman (Clark University | Fr. | Port Pierce, Fla.): Clark rookie, Biko Gayman has an impressive week for the Cougars boasting 23.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game as they split their two games on the week. In a tough set back to Fitchburg State the Port Pierce native scored 11 points to go with his four assists and two steals before lifting Clark to victory over Newbury with 36 points, seven steals and six assists adding six boards.


Honorable Mentions

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday against Nichols, while tallying 10 points against Amherst College and 17 against Nichols College.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola stepped up this week for the Hawks of Becker College, averaging 21.7 points, 9.3 rebounds 2.7 assists and one block per game. After standout performances against Worcester State and regional powerhouse Nichols, Durodola had a monster performance against Gordon on Saturday, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds as the Hawks outlasted the Scots in overtime, 79-75. For the season, the junior ranks top six in the NECC in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 17.7 points, six rebounds, 0.3 assists and one steal per contest over three games for the Falcons. He notched a game-best 28 points, eight boards, one assist and one steal in a 90-70 triumph over Clark on Tuesday before adding ten points, five caroms and two steals in a setback to Williams on Thursday. Perez concluded the week with 15 points and five boards in an 85-63 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a block in an 0-3 week for Worcester State. He was one rebound short of a double-double in the setback to Becker as he posted 20 points, shooting 53.3% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range, collected nine boards and two blocks. In the loss to Mount Ida he recorded 16 points and seven rebounds, and put up 12 points with six rebounds and two assists in the loss to Salve Regina. Overall this week, he shot 45.2% from the field.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers averaged 20.5 points, on 17 of 29 shooting (58.6%) and five rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. He began with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes as the Engineers avenged their opening weekend loss in the Coghlin tournament final, and handed No. 20 Eastern Connecticut its first loss, with a 75-70 victory in Willimantic. The local product then pumped in a career and game-high 31 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in an OT setback to Salem State.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Three (Tuesday, Dec. 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the third week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. poured in 37 points, seemingly unable to miss from 3-point land where he finished 10-of-14 from behind the arc and 13-of-18 from the field in the Lancers’ first win of the season over Norwich on Sunday. Watkins Jr. broke a Worcester State single-game record with the 10 three-pointers in contest. For the week, Watkins averaged 21 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game. He posted 11 points with three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the setback to No. 20 Skidmore. Watkins then put up 13 points and 16 rebounds in the fallback to Lasell. He was named to the Ed Hockenbury Classic All-Tournament team this weekend where he put up 23 points against Wheaton in the opening round of the tournament before netting 37 points against Norwich.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Fr. |Jamaica Plain, Mass.): The freshman guard averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and one steal in a 1-3 week for the Blue and Gold. Cardoso scored double-digits in 3-of-4 games played this week, putting up 16 points in the setback to No. 20 Skidmore, 14 points in the loss to Wheaton, and 15 points in the Lancers’ first win of the season against Norwich. Overall this week, he shot 44.2% (19-43) from the field and 41.7% (5-12) from 3-point range. At the Ed Hockenbury Tournament alone, he averaged 14.5 points and eight assists per game.


Honorable Mentions

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fourth double-double of the season against Regis with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He connected on five-of-nine attempts from the floor and was six-of-10 from the free throw line. Against Bowdoin, Rapoza scored 13 and grabbed eight rebounds.

Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption College | Soph. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic continued his strong solid season, averaging 19.0 points on 50 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in an 0-2 week. The sophomore posted 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a two-point loss to St. Michael’s but rebound with a career-high 24 points, seven rebounds and one steal against undefeated Southern N.H.

Kareem Davis (Becker College | Jr. Lowell, Mass.): Davis continued to demonstrate why he’s one of the best players in the region, averaging 27 points, five rebounds three assists and 2.5 steals per game. The junior shot 47 percent from the floor, 47 percent from behind the arc and 92 percent from the free throw line. This included a 28 point, five rebound performance in the Hawks’ 92-73 win over Clark. As of press time, Davis was ranked second in the NECC with 21.8 points per game.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Junior | Lowell, Mass.): Averaged 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. Netted a game-best 28 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in an 86-68 win over Elms on Tuesday before adding 17 points, seven boards and seven assists in a 73-71 triumph against Rhode Island College on Thursday. Concluded the week with seven points, five rebounds and two steals in a 77-45 setback to WPI on Saturday.

Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Posted eight points and three rebounds against Manhattan, while leading the team with a career-high 15 points and six rebounds against La Salle. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on the week, while hitting 66.7 percent of his field goal attempts. Floyd was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.

Daequon Antoine (Nichols | Sr. | Fort Mill, S.C.): Daequon Antoine helped the Bison post a 2-0 mark this week, averaging 21.5 points on 59.3% shooting and 60% shooting from beyond the arc to go with 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. In a 105-82 win over Endicott, Antoine knocked down 8-of-14 shots, including 5-of-8 three-pointers, to go with seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. He followed that up with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting with 4-of-7 triples, five rebounds, two assists and three steals in a 100-86 win over Gordon.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Three (Tuesday, Dec. 5th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the third week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): Averaged a double-double of 11.0 points and ten rebounds per contest as well as one block per game in three games for the Green and Gold. Collected 14 points, eight rebounds, one steal and three blocks in an 86-77 victory over Elms on Tuesday before adding six points, eight caroms and one steal in an 81-67 setback to UMass Boston on Thursday. Concluded the week with a double-double of 13 points and 14 boards to go along with two assists in a 77-76 setback to Dean on Saturday.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Mikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Averaged 15.3 points, seven rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals per game over three contests for the Falcons. Netted 16 points, seven boards, three assists and one steal in an 86-77 win over Elms on Tuesday before adding eight points, six caroms, one assist and one steal in an 81-67 setback to UMass Boston on Thursday. Polished off the week with a game-best 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 77-76 setback to Dean on Saturday.


Honorable Mentions

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis recorded her third double-double of the season – 11th of her career – against Albany, while netting 20 points against Brown. Against the Bears, she connected on seven of 11 attempts, including both three-pointers, while recording six rebounds and two assists. On Sunday against Albany, she tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds, including 10 defensive caroms. For the week, she was 12 of 22 from the field, a perfect three-from-three beyond the arc and 11 of 15 from the charity stripe.

Amy Assad (Nichols | Jr. | Millis, Mass.): Amy Assad helped lead the Bison to a 2-1 mark this week, averaging 14.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. In a non-conference 78-44 win over Anna Maria, Assad scored 12 points and pulled in five rebounds to go with three assists and two steals in only 16 minutes of action. She followed that up with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 66-54 setback to Endicott. She wrapped up the week with her second-straight double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in a 59-51 win over Gordon.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): The junior center averaged 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and one assist per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She put up a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds with three blocks in the Lancers’ setback to Connecticut College earlier in the week. On Sunday, Herring recorded 11 points with nine rebounds and four blocks in the road win over Gallaudet. Overall this week, she went 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field.

D3 Hoops Roundup: Salem State Captures First New England Big 4 Challenge

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Shaquan Murray recorded a game-high 26 points, Drew Healy added a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds as the Salem State University men’s basketball team defeated Babson College, 75-70, on Sunday afternoon in the New England Big 4 Challenge Championship at Tufts University.

The win – the Vikings’ sixth of the season – was the program’s first-event tournament championship.Babson and Brandeis have captured the tournament crown three times, respectively, while host Tufts has won the championship twice.

The New England Big 4 Challenge officially began in 2009 with Brandies defeating Tufts in the initial title game, 54-41.

Babson and Salem State entered the break tied at 43-43, but a jumper early in the second session by Alex Santos helped the Vikings establish a small lead – 55-49, to be exact – which would eventually balloon into a 63-53 advantage with 8:59 remaining.

The Beavers would trim the deficit with a triple from Julian Alexis, which brought the Green and White within eight points (64-56), but the Vikings would respond with back-to-back trifecta’s from Murray and Rayshaw Matthews, which provided Salem State with a 70-56 lead with 5:38 remaining.

Babson would close the gap, pulling within two points (72-70), thanks to a late lay-up by Andrew Jaworski before the Vikings countered with three more points, including a pair of free throws by Sean Bryan to secure the win.

Matthew was tabbed the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), while Healy was named to the All-Tournament Team. Nick Comenale and Bradley Jacks represented Babson on the All-Tournament Team, while Vincent Pace (Tufts) and Semih Say (Brandeis) secured the final two spots.

Pace sank the game-winning three-pointer in the consolation game against Brandeis (1-5), which provided the host Jumbos (4-3) with an exciting fourth victory of the season (Tufts defeated Brandeis, 76-74). Pace concluded the contest with a game-high 21 points, while Smith tallied 16 points on five of eight attempts from the field.

The Wheaton College men’s basketball team improved to 6-2 overall with an 80-63 win this afternoon over Lesley University. Liam Bruno netted 27 points in the wine, while Ryan Fogarty registered 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Chris Cardoso netted 15 points, including a pair of freebies late in the second session, as Worcester State claimed its first win of the season against Norwich University. Worcester State’s Will Watkins Jr. led all scorers with 37 points, while Shaun McCarthy recorded a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jesse Davis paced the Cadets with 20 points off the bench.

The Coast Guard Academy men’s basketball team improved to 4-1 overall this afternoon as the Bears defeated Connecticut College, 84-69. Coast Guard’s Packy Witkowski led all scorers with 27 points, while Justin Kane concluded the contest with 20 points and 14 rebounds. David Labossiere led the Camels with 26 points.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Two (Tuesday, Nov. 28th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER With the second week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): As Biney became the 18th WPI women’s basketball player to reach the 1,000-point milestone on Saturday, the local product tallied her third career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, to go with two blocks and a swipe as the Engineers defeated Bates 60-42. On Tuesday, Biney scored a game-best 22 points for the second consecutive game against Central Mass. opponents as WPI defeated Nichols, 60-33. She also racked up nine boards, six steals and four assists in Dudley.


CUTTING ROW 1128Rookie of the Week: Colleen Cutting (Worcester State | Fr. | Auburn, Mass.): The rookie averaged seven points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She recorded four points and three rebounds in the setback to Western New England earlier in the week. On Sunday, she went a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor with two triples, totaling 10 points with four rebounds and two assists in the win over Wellesley.


Honorable Mention: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): The junior center averaged 11 points and 11.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She posted eight points and seven rebounds with an assist and block in the Lancers’ 67-54 setback to Western New England on Tuesday. She then marked a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds, going 7-for-8 from the field with four assists and four blocks in the Lancers’ 64-47 win over Wellesley.

Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will once again be the home to WACBA this winter, and will post the weekly awards every Tuesday morning. Selections will also be published in the Telegram & Gazette each Wednesday as part of Jen Toland’s Campus Notes.
Make sure to keep up with WACBA (@WACBAHoops) for up-to-date news, notes, scores and more, while also following Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11).

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Two (Tuesday, Nov. 28th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the second week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola demonstrated his inside dominance this past week in strong performances against both 7th ranked Babson and Western New England. First, against the Beavers, Durodola posted 22 points with nine rebounds with two blocks. Then, in a 72-68 win over Western New England, the senior posted 23 points and eight rebounds. For the week, Durodola shot 46.7 percent from the floor. As of press time, Durodola ranks second in the NECC in scoring at 21.3 points per game through four games.


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Rookie of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.)Kelly averaged 15.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in a 1-1 week. The freshman led the Hounds to a 79-70 victory with a career-high 21 points, including 13 in the second half while missing just a single shot as Assumption outscored Molloy by 12 in the period. He also dished off four assists in the game. In Kelly’s first action of the week he scored nine points with three steals and two assists in a loss to Bentley.


Honorable Mentions

Karl Charles (Holy Cross | Jr. | Roselle, N.J.): Totaled 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in the Fairleigh Dickinson game. Charles led the team with 16 points and two assists against Albany. He connected on 50.0 percent of his three-pointers and 80.0 percent of his free throws on the week.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Soph. | Maynard, Mass.): The sophomore guard recorded 19 points in the Lancers’ 88-72 setback to WPI on Tuesday. He also collected three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will once again be the home to WACBA this winter, and will post the weekly awards every Tuesday morning. Selections will also be published in the Telegram & Gazette each Wednesday as part of Jen Toland’s Campus Notes. Make sure to keep up with WACBA (@WACBAHoops) for up-to-date news, notes, scores and more, while also following Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11). 

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week One (Tuesday, Nov. 21st)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

With the first week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 2-1 week for the Cougars, Ezemma averaged a double-double of 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds, while connecting on 71.4 percent of her free throws. She opened the season with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in her team’s 79-62 win over Fitchburg State before recording her second double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds on the second day of the Worcester City Tournament against Becker. She netted a season-high 21 points by connecting on 10 of 12 shots from the field during her team’s 82-75 setback to Worcester State last Friday. Additionally, she recorded two blocks, one steal and one assist against the Lancers, too.


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Women’s Rookie of the WeekSam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): Maglione averaged 10.3 points and one steal per game in a 2-1 opening week for the Blue and Gold. Overall, she shot 45.5% from the field, 41.2% from 3-point range, and a perfect 100% from the charity stripe. In the season opener, she posted 11 points on three triples and a bucket along with three swipes. In the Worcester City Tournament’s first round against Clark, Maglione logged 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists to help the Lancers secure their second win of the season. In the Championship game against WPI, she notched six points with a rebound and a steal.


Women’s Honor Roll

Maritza Gustave (Anna Maria | Sr. | Fall River, Mass.): Gustave averaged 10 points and 9.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week. She grabbed herself a double-double against Becker of 14 points and 13 caroms, while concluding the week with six points, six caroms and one steal against Ave Maria.

Idalis Miranda (Clark | Fr. | Naugatuck, Conn.): In a 2-1 week for the Cougars, Miranda averaged 14.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while connecting on 70 percent of her free throws. In her initial collegiate contest, she recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, which helped Clark top Fitchburg State. She would net double-figures twice more in the week, tallying 15 against Worcester State before netting 11 against Becker. She converted her first trifecta of her college career in an 82-75 setback to Worcester State on the opening night of the Worcester City Tournament.

Kate Surprenant (Worcester State | Jr. |Pelham, N.H.): The junior guard averaged 12 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a 2-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She logged six points, six rebounds and two assists in the Lancers’ opening night win at Mount Holyoke. She then recorded a career-high 20 points, going 8-for-13 from the field, in the Lancers’ 82-75 win over Clark with two rebounds, two assists and one steal. In the Worcester City Tournament Championship game against WPI, she tallied 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Overall this week, she shot 66.7% from the field, and 75% from the free throw line.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 15 points to go with eight rebounds, four steals and two assists en route to repeat Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors and the program’s fourth consecutive title at the annual Worcester City Tournament. In Saturday’s title game versus Worcester State, Biney scored 22 points, six rebounds and three steals. The fourth quarter saw the local product personally tie the Lancers with eight points.