WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Awards (Tuesday, March 24th, 2020)

 

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our end of season Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball awards for our coach, player, and rookie of the year.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season WACBA honors for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the college basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.


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DeAnte Bruton capped an impressive career with the Bison by placing first in program history in field goals made (863). (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Year: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton capped an impressive career with the Bison by securing the top spot in the program’s history for field goals made (863) while securing the second position in multiple categories, including scoring (2,334 points), three-pointers (226) and steals (226). He currently ranks fourth all-time in free throw (382) while placing sixth in the record book in scoring average (20.6 points per game) and seventh in free throw percentage. Bruton, who became the fourth student-athlete in program history to net 2,000th points, secured multiple first-team honorees at the conclusion of the regular and postseason from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), D3Hoops.com, National Association of Basketball Coaches, and NoontimeSports.com.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Crusaders this past season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr.|Winchendon, Mass.): Named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Pridgen concluded an impressive first season with the Crusaders that culminated in spots on the league’s all-rookie team and third-team. The Winchendon, Massachusetts native averaged 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while hitting 55.8 percent of his field-goal attempts. He led the team in both scoring and rebounding while finishing fourth in the conference in scoring, sixth in field goal percentage, and seventh in rebounding. His 521 total points scored on the year were the second-most in both Holy Cross and Patriot League history.


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WPI men’s basketball coach Chris Bartley guided the Engineers to a 20-8 overall record this season, along with an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year: Chris Bartley (WPI): Bartley guided the Engineers to a 20-win season, the program’s third-straight appearance in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament championship, and a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in his 19-years coaching the WPI men’s basketball team. With a 20-8 overall record, Bartley has now guided the Engineers to 20 wins or more in 14 of 19 seasons.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Nov. 16th, 2019)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Hello, Friday – how are you?

Forgive me for fighting back tears as this is my final ’10 Games to Watch’ post of the New England D-III Football season. But like most weekends, we should be in for some exciting football.

Last Week: I selected eight of ten contests correctly to bump my overall record to 68-32. Let’s see if I can continue that momentum once more! 

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB.

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Have a great weekend, everyone!


New England D-III Football Week 11 Predictions | Saturday, Nov. 16th, 2019

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Top 20 Poll 

No. 3 Endicott College at No. 14 Nichols College (12 p.m.): This is an enticing match-up – I could make the case for both teams winning this contest, but in the end, I am expecting the Gulls to cap their regular-season slate with a victory in Dudley. PREDICTION: Endicott 35, Nichols 24

Curry College at Salve Regina (12 p.m.): The Seahawks lost a heartbreaker last week against the Eagles of Husson, but should be motivated to cap their campaign with a win to provide the Seahawks with some momentum heading into the 2020 season. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 30, Curry 20 

No. 11 Bridgewater State at No. 18 Mass. Maritime Academy (12 p.m.): The Buccaneers scored an exciting win last week against UMass Dartmouth and should be able to use that momentum to beat the Bears in the 41st Annual Cranberry Bowl. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 31, Bridgewater State 20 

No. 4 Framingham State at Worcester State (12 p.m.): The Rams are headed back to the postseason, but will look to wrap-up their conference slate with a win against the Lancers. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Worcester State 10 

Merchant Marine at No. 17 Coast Guard Academy (12 p.m.): This is the final game for coach Bill George, who announced his retirement earlier this week. Look for the Bears to deliver their longtime sideline boss a win, along with the Secretaries Cup. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 22, USMMA 21 

No. 2 WPI at No. 16 Norwich University (12 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Engineers of Worcester. WPI can clinch its conference crown with a win over the Cadets and MIT loss to Springfield. PREDICTION: WPI 30, Norwich 17 

No. 7 MIT at No. 6 Springfield College (12p.m.): This is a hard match-up to predict – I keep going back and forth – but I am going to take the Pride in this one to beat the Engineers of Cambridge. Springfield needs to beat MIT and have WPI lose to Norwich to secure the conference crown. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, MIT 20 

No. 12 UMass Dartmouth at Westfield State (12 p.m.): Look for the Corsairs to bounce back from last week’s setback to the Buccaneers with an end of season win against the Owls. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 27, Westfield State 13 

Becker College at University of New England (12 p.m.): The Nor’easters will be motivated to end their season with a victory after falling to Endicott last weekend. PREDICTION: UNE 28, Becker 10 

No. 19 Husson University at No. 1 Western New England (1 p.m.): The Golden Bears are playoff-bound, but can gain some additional momentum heading into the postseason with a season-ending win over the Eagles. PREDICTION: WNE 34, Husson 24

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.