WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week 13

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Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria was tabbed this week’s WACBA Co-Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 23 points, 6.3 assist, 5 rebounds, and two steals to backstop the Bison to their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship in program history last Saturday. In the championship contest against Endicott, Echevarria scored eight points in the final 40 seconds of the contest as the Bison rallied from a seven-point deficit to stun the Gulls. The CCC Player of the Year netted 25 points and dished out eight dimes in the first round against University of New England, then collected 21 points, seven assists, and six boards in the semifinals against Wentworth.

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): In a 1-1 week for the Crusaders, Champion averaged 20 points, five rebounds and 1.5 steals. He began the week with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist as Holy Cross edged Loyola, 63-62. Against Boston University, the senior guard netted 27 points – one point shy of his career-high. He finished the contest against the Terriers with five triples, five rebounds and one assist. For the week, he tallied 40 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, while registering a trio of steals and pair of assists, while sinking 8 of 11 free throws.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jerome Cunningham (Nichols | Fr. | Westbury, N.Y.): Cunningham averaged a double-double with 10.3 points and 14.0 rebounds to help the Bison secure their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship in program history. The 6-8 freshman posted 10 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks against University of New England in the quarterfinals, then went for 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks in the semifinals against Wentworth. In the championship contest against Endicott, Cunningham filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. Cunningham shot 52 percent from the field.

Men’s Honor Roll

Kareem Davis (Becker | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis scored 31 points, making six three-pointers and going 11 of 11 from the free throw line to lead Becker to an exciting 79-70 upset victory at Southern Vermont College in the New England Collegiate Conference Championship (NECC) final. Davis was tabbed the Most Valuable Player of the NECC Tournament the same week he was named to the All-Conference team. For the week, the sophomore averaged 21.5 points with 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting a perfect 100 percent on his free throws to lead the Hawks into the NCAA Tournament.

Ryan DiBernardo (Worcester State | Sr. | Springfield, Mass.): DiBernardo led the Lancers in a 2-1 week as he averaged 14 points, four assists, and 3.7 rebounds. He tallied 10 points and seven rebounds in the win over Westfield State, and then picked up 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds in the win over Fitchburg State, helping the team to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) championship game. Against Salem State in the final round, he totaled 15 points, three assists and one rebound.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): The rookie averaged 10.3 points in a 2-1 week for the Lancers. He picked up 12 points, a rebound and a steal in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal win over Westfield State, and then helped the Blue and Gold with seven points, three rebounds and an assist in the semifinal win over Fitchburg. In the MASCAC Championship game, Howes registered 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse went off for 23 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinal versus eventual champion MIT. The senior shot 50 percent from inside the arc and was 3-for-4 at the free throw line in what proved to be his final game with the Crimson and Gray.

 

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week 10

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Nichols’ Jerome Cunningham was tabbed this week’s WACBA Rookie of the Week! (PHOTO CREDIT: Nichols College Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Kyle Credle (Becker | Sr. | Queens, N.Y.): Credle had a great week as he averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game in three victories this past week, while shooting 51 percent from the floor and 40 percent from behind the arc. First, in Becker’s 78-64 win at Regis, Credle scored 20 points on just 14 shots while dishing out five assists. Then against Elms, Credle posted a double-double with 22 points, ten rebounds and six assists in a 77-60 victory. Finally on Saturday, with the Hawks down by two at home to Lesley, Credle buried a game-winning three-pointer with seven seconds left to lift his team to the victory. Credle finished with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the superb effort. For the season, the senior team captain leads Becker in scoring, assists and steals.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jerome Cunningham (Nichols | Fr.| Westbury, N.Y.): Cunningham averaged a double-double with 15.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg in a pair of Nichols wins. He collected 17 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks against Western New England on Wednesday, then put up 14 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in a road win against Curry on Saturday. The 6-8 freshman is averaging 8.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg on the season, as well as two blocks.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Lamar Berk (Clark University | Sr. | Saint Augustine, Fla.): The senior forward was stellar in a pair of games last week as the Cougars went 1-1. In an 82-64 win on the road against Coast Guard, Berk finished with game and career-highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Then in a last second loss to Emerson on Saturday, he registered another double-double, ending with game bests of 16 points and 12 rebounds. For the week, he averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds while connecting on 61 percent of his shots (14-for-23) and all nine of his free throw attempts.

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 20.5 points, nine rebounds, 1.5 assists, one steal and one block per game in two contests for the Falcons. He posted a game-best 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a 68-64 setback to Williams College on Monday before adding a double-double of 19 points and ten caroms as well as one assist, one steal and one block in an 81-78 victory against Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): Champion netted a team-high17 points, while recording six rebounds and four assists in the Crusaders’ 56-50 win over Colgate. His six rebounds and four assists were the most recorded by a student-athlete in purple and white, too.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Soph. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 22.0 points (10-of-21 three-pointers), 3.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for the Bison last week. He opened the week with a 27-point effort (six three-pointers) against the Golden Bears, against which he also notched five rebounds, four assists, and one steal. On Saturday, Echevarria scored 17 points in 26 minutes in a win at Curry. On the season, he is averaging 24.3 points per game and making 43 percent of his three-pointers.

Aaron Anniballi (Worcester State | Sr. | Milford, Mass.): The senior guard led the Lancers with a career-high 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Lancers’ 91-84 setback to Salem State. Anniballi shot 53.3% (8-15) from the field and 50% on 5-of-10 triples in the loss.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr. | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse averaged 15.5 points and four rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. He began with 14 points in a road win at Emerson Wednesday before scoring 13 of his 17 points in the second half against No. 1 Babson on Saturday.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Fr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski averaged 10 points per game in 19.5 minutes per contest in a 1-1 week. He totaled 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the field, while netting three-of-four free throw attempts in a road win at Emerson. He was tabbed to start Saturday against No. 1 Babson; however, he was relatively quiet with three points and three offensive rebounds.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Eight

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

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Worcester State’s Paul Brooks netted his 1,000th point last weekend as the Lancers defeated Framingham State on the road. (PHOTO CREDIT: Worcester State University Athletics)

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 26.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. He netted 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 101-66 win over MCLA on Wednesday before adding a game-best 37 points, 11 caroms, two assists, two steals and one block in an 87-83 triumph against Salem State on Saturday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals for the Bison last week. Bruton scored 14 points to go with eight boards and five assists in a home win over Salve Regina on Wednesday before netting a team-high 22 points (50.0 pct. shooting) at Wentworth on Saturday.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Paul Brooks (Worcester St. | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): Not only did the senior center average a double-double of 13.5 points and 11 rebounds this past week, but he also reached his 1,000th career point in the Lancers’ 59-55 win over Framingham State on Saturday. Brooks netted a team-high 18 points, going 8-for-13 from the floor, in his team’s setback to Bridgewater State earlier in the week, and then a game-high 15 rebounds and five blocks in the Framingham win.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola recorded a pair of impressive performances last week, averaging 22.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks with 1.5 assists, while shooting 60 percent from the parquet. Against Daniel Webster last Thursday – a 67-62 win for the Hawks – the Rosedale, New York native posted a double-double of 18 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Then on Saturday, Durodola finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as the Hawks topped Mitchell, 80-67. Durodola, the NECC’s leading rebounder, has Becker in first place in the standings.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers had a career week for the Engineers, beginning with a career-best 21 points and a team-best seven rebounds to go with two assists, one steal and one block at Clark last Wednesday. On Saturday, Rodgers added 16 more points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block against Wheaton. In all, the junior averaged 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds to go with seven helpers, two blocks and two assists on the week.

 

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Two

WPI's Connor Willgress  was tabbed this week's WACBA Men's Player of the Week after an impressive performance last week against Worcester State. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics/Frank Poulin)
WPI’s Connor Willgress was tabbed this week’s WACBA Men’s Player of the Week after an impressive performance last week against Worcester State. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics/Frank Poulin)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

Men’s Player of the Week: Connor Willgress (WPI, | Jr. | Mill Creek, Wash.): Willgress stuffed the stat sheet with career-best of 15 points and six rebounds, along with a pair of steals and an assist to help the Engineers knock off city rival Worcester State last Tuesday. In addition to scoring eight of the game’s first 10 points, he was five-of-eight from the field, including three-of-four from beyond the arc to go with a pair of free throws in 27 minutes.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton scored a career-high 30 points in just 28 minutes as the Bison defeated Westfield State last Tuesday. He canned 8-of-12 from the field – including four-of-seven from downtown to go along with three steals, three rebounds, and three assists.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Collected 23 points, nine rebounds, one assist and two steals for the Falcons in a 90-78 setback to Albertus Magnus on Tuesday evening.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Fr. | Maynard, Mass.): The first-year guard led the Lancers with a team-high 11 points on three trifectas and two good free throws in a 91-54 setback to WPI. He also registered a rebound and a steal in 23 minutes played.

Mass. College Hoops: Catching Up With Chris Bartley (WPI Basketball)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s been an exciting season for the WPI men’s basketball team, which is currently ranked fourth in the country, according to the latest D3Hoops.com poll.

Chris Bartley, who is in his 13th season with the Engineers, has guided the Crimson and Gray to a 17-1 overall mark, including a 7-0 record in NEWMAC play. Bartley’s crew, which hasn’t lost a regular season contest since falling to Castleton State in November, will look to continue its momentum on Saturday when they host Springfield College for a 3 p.m. tip.

We caught up with Coach Bartley earlier this afternoon to chat about his team’s next contest, but also the Engineers’ resiliency and defense, too.

On the team’s foundation: “I think we’ve always had tough kids. One of the things that’s been really important for us is trying to recruit tough kids and help them with their mental toughness, so we just approach everything by doing the best we can with what we have (each) year. The names change sometimes and the faces changed, but hopefully the foundation and the pillars of the program as far as the work ethic and guys that care about each other and hold each other accountable and play hard every night out.”

On identifying the team’s identity: “If you look at us statistically, we’re pretty good on defense. We kind of hold our own on the boards and when we’re playing well we’re playing a pretty good team defense and the guys play hard. Offensively, I think the biggest thing is that we’re a team that has to share the ball and we have to help each other score. When we struggled earlier against Wheaton and last night against Coast Guard and in the second half against Clark (because of ball movement), but for us to be successful we need to pass it to each other and we need to cut and screen. We’re not the type of team that has guys that’ll create their own shots because we really have to create shots for each other, but when we play the right way we’re pretty good.”

On the importance of team defense: “It always starts with our defense. Every single day starts with our defense and so does every meeting and film session, so it always starts there. (Against Wheaton), Agyei Gregory made some ridiculous shots. He made NBA type shots, but I thought Wheaton came out with a lot more enthusiasm than we did and typically when guys from the other team (knows they’re playing us), I find that (our opponent’s) kids shoot the ball better because they’re more focused. So, if you don’t bring equal intensity level and energy level and enthusiasm, which I didn’t think we did (from the start) that can happen. I think it is important to play through adversity, so I don’t take a lot of quick timeouts, but I think our guys are mature enough to play through stuff like that and I thought we did a good job in the second half of the first half of that game of getting back to our identity and making it a little more difficult for them. I thought we started sharing the ball (toward the end of the first half) and we started to play WPI basketball, which is what it’s all about for us.”

On the play of Ryan Kolb: “He plays exceptionally hard, he really plays hard. I was texting him this morning and was like, ‘Dude, you played really hard last night.’ And when your seniors and best players play really hard, it’s kind of filters down to everybody else. He’s got a lot of versatility in his game, but the biggest thing is he’s a really tough kid. He’s tough mentally, he’s tough physically, he’s a hard shell to crack emotionally because he doesn’t show a ton of emotion, but he’s playing like a senior should and a senior usually does.”

On Domenick Mastascusa and Ryan Kolb working together, as well as the impact of Sam Longwell: “(Kolb and Domenick have) been together now for three years, so they know when one is low (on defense) the other is usually coming high. They know where they’re going to be, too. We pretty much run motion offense, so having those guys in sync and working well together is huge. Some games, it is better for Ryan to be on the perimeter, while other games he needs to be down on the post, so it just depends on the matchup. I think Dom knows when he has a good matchup and goes to the spots where he can score and he’s been terrific for us.

“I think one of the keys to the whole thing has been Sam Longwell. He’s just (exhibits) consistency on both ends of the floor for every single practice and every single game, and he’s just been a rock for us and just has brought it from a leadership standpoint, talent standpoint and toughness standpoint. He often covers (our opponent’s) best player, too. He’s doing it on both ends of the court and he’s really had a special season so far.”

On the play of first-year guard Marcus Middleton: “What I have found with Marcus is he’s a really a good all around player, he’s got a really good understanding of what we’re trying to do and he’s got a lot of confidence in himself, both mental and physical toughness. I think our guys are pretty good when they get an opportunity because they try to take advantage of it and he’s one of those kids where we put him in there in some tough positions and he seems to come through every single time.”

On facing Springfield College on Saturday: “They’re a very mentally tough team. I think Sean Martin is one of the best point guards and one of the toughest kids in the region from what I’ve seen and I think Robbie Burke is the same. Tim Swenson gives them a dimension where he compliments those guys really, really well and he’s a beast in there. They also have a bunch of guys that can make shots from (beyond the arc), so they really have a nice balance and statistically they’re terrific, they do a nice job on defense by holding teams to a low field goal percentage and rebounding the ball well. They also take good care of the ball with Martin as their point guard because Charlie Brock’s teams always execute well. They’re a very, very formidable team, they do everything well, so you really have to be on top of your game to battle and we’ll have to be on Saturday in order to be a position to be successful.”

Mass. College Hoops: WPI Assistant Coaches Reflect On The First Half Of The Engineers’ Season (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WPI’s men’s basketball team finished off the first half of their 2013-14 season with an 88-69 win over Keene State this afternoon.

The Engineers, who’re 9-1 overall and ranked 14th in the latest D3Hoops.com poll, have now scored 88 points or more in 10 games this season. Today’s contest marks the seventh time they have eclipsed 80 point mark, too.

After their contest with the Owls concluded, assistant coaches Mike Byrnes, Ryan Flynn, Bill Gibbons and Ryan Cain discussed the team’s performance, as well as the first half of the season in a video interview (courtesy of the WPI), which we’ve provided below.

Mass. College Hoops: WPI Men’s & Women’s Basketball Discuss The Upcoming Season (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The WPI men’s and women’s basketball teams held their media day earlier this week and below are video interviews with both teams from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute YouTube channel.

Men’s Basketball: Seniors Ryan Kolb and Chad LaBove, and junior Sam Longwell talk about the Engineers past season and look ahead to this season.

 

Women’s Basketball:  Seniors Siena MamayekIsabel Pagliaccio and Kelly Morgan talk about last year and look ahead to this season.