Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Six)

By NoontimeSports.com

WORCESTER, Mass. – With the holidays officially in the book, we return to our weekly Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, which includes highlights from the past few weeks.

Men’s Player of the Week: Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 11.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in a 1-2 week for Worcester State, which included 12 points and 18 boards in a 70-62 setback against Hood, 12 points, 14 caroms and four blocks in a 64-52 victory over Otterbein before finishing week with 11 points, five rebounds and five blocks in a 67-55 loss against Gordon. He also earned a spot on the Christopher Newport Captains Shootout Tournament team for grabbing 32 boards (a record) over two contests.

Zach Karalis (WPI, Jr.): Karalis was tabbed Most Valuable Player as the Engineers won a pair of contests at the Salem State Classic. The junior drained a three-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining in the second half to provide WPI with a dramatic 73-71 triumph over the 2014 NCAA Tournament finalist Williams College Ephs in the tournament’s opening game. Karalis finished with a team-best 21 points, including 5-of-9 shooting (triples) versus the Ephs, while pitching in with four points and four rebounds in limited action in the Crimson and Gray’s second game victory against FDU-Florham.

Women’s Player of the Week: Kelly Carey (Assumption, So.): In a 3-0 stretch for the No. 22 ranked Greyhounds, Carey averaged 16.7 points while shooting 64 percent from the field and a blistering 70 percent from three-point land (14-for-20). Adding 3.7 rebounds per game and shooting 1.000 from the free throw line, Carey’s performance was highlighted by a career-high 27 points in a road win at Bloomfield.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney – the Tournament MVP – scored 11 of her 17 points in a decisive second half to lead WPI to a 72-48 win over host Westfield State in the championship game Tuesday.  The rookie finished 6-10 from the floor, 3-3 from three point range, and garnered two steals and an assist without a turnover in just 18 minutes of play.  Later in the week, Biney netted nine points in just 11 minutes of action in WPI’s 82-40 home victory over Simmons.

Honor Roll:

Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr.): In a 1-2 stretch for the Hounds, Ziegler averaged 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while also shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the free throw line.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton averaged 13.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 5.0 steals per game in a 1-2 week for the AMCATS. She had her best performance, a 16-point, 10-rebound, eight-steal game in Anna Maria’s 43-42 win against Regis on Dec. 31, and followed that up with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven steals in the AMCATS’ overtime defeat to Middlebury on Saturday. She opened the week with nine points and 10 boards against Keene State. The senior forward shot 34.1 percent from the floor on the week.

Rachel Pineda (WPI, Sr.): Pineda was a model of consistency as the Engineers went a perfect 3-0 over the break, including taking home the Westfield State Holiday Tournament. The senior point guard netted nine points each in victories over Southern Maine and host Westfield State in the tourney and then registered 10 points as the Crimson and Gray opened 2015 with a home triumph over Simmons. Pineda stuffed the stat sheets by pitching in with team highs of seven assists and six steals in the three games to go along with seven rebounds.

Bianca Langford (Worcester State, Jr.): Langford netted a season-best 25 points to go with 16 rebounds and three blocks in a 70-65 victory over Salem College.

Mass. College Hoops: Ryan Kolb & Domenick Mastascusa Discuss WPI’s Win Over Wheaton (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan 

NORTON, Mass. – The No. 5 WPI Engineers rallied from a slow first half start to defeat Wheaton College, 83-69.

With the win, the Engineers improve to 16-1 overall and 6-0 in NEWMAC play, while Wheaton falls to 7-8 and 2-4.

WPI’s Ryan Kolb and Domenick Mastascusa each chipped in 25 points, which was a team-high, while Sam Longwell recorded 17 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Wheaton was led by first-year guard Agyei Gregory, who tallied a team-high 25 points, while Will Bayliss added 19 points.

The Lyons raced out to an 11-0 lead before the Engineers rallied to close the gap to 44-41 at intermission. In the second half, the Engineers secured their first and only lead on a jumper by Kolb at 17:42.

Wheaton did rally down the stretch, but WPI secured their 16th win with a triple from Zach Karalis during the final minute.

Both the Lyons and Engineers will reappear on the hardwood next Wednesday, January 29, as Wheaton travels to MIT, while WPI visits Coast Guard.

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are scores and highlight from some of today’s men’s and women’s basketball contests.

Men’s Basketball:

UNC 82, Boston College 71: The Tar Heels ballooned a four-point lead at intermission into an 11-point victory, their 11th overall win of the season. Ryan Anderson registered a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Olivier Hanlan led the Eagles with 16 points.

Holy Cross 61, Lehigh 42: Malcolm Miller registered 14 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes as the Crusaders defeated Lehigh and improved to 3-3 in Patriot League play. David Dudzinski netted 10 points, while Justin Burrell added 11 points and two assists.

Bentley 78, AIC 64: Tyler McFarland was a perfect 12-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc as the sophomore forward netted 32 points in the Falcons’ 13th win of the season.

No. 5 WPI 64, Emerson 50: Sam Longwell netted a game-best 17 points, while Zach Karalis and Sean Doncaster scored nine points, respectively, as the Engineers defeated the Lions and earned their 11th straight win. Michael Thorpe led Emerson with 15 points.

No. 6 Amherst 82, Bates 71: David Kalema paced the Lord Jeffs with 20 points, while Aaron Toomey netted 19 points as Amherst defeated the Bobcats and improved to 4-0 in NESCAC play.

No. 10 Williams 69, Colby 62: Duncan Robinson scored a game-best 27 points, while Michael Mayer added 15 points and nine boards as the Ephs defeated the Mules and improved to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC play.

Nichols 75, Wentworth 63: Ryan Sheehan recorded 18 points and eight rebound, while Sam Horning registered 11 points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist as the Bison extended their current winning streak to six games. Jherson Colon led Wentworth with 16 points.

Endicott 82, WNE 76: Lachlan Magee and John Henault combined for 35 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Gulls soared past the Golden Bears. Dennis Rinaldi led WNE with 19 points.

Bridgewater State 78, Worcester State 65: Michael Lofton stuffed the stat sheet for the Bears with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, which lifted the Bears over the Lancers. Brendan Rios led Worcester State with 18 points.

Salem State 80, Westfield State 75: Jon Perez recorded 20 points and six boards off the bench, which helped the Vikings edge the Owls in Salem. Grant Cooper led Westfield State with a double-double of 36 points and 14 rebounds.

UMass Dartmouth 103, Keene State 90: Ryan Walsh converted on 12-of-17 shots from the field, including three from beyond the arc as the first-year guard scored a game-best 29 points for the Corsairs.

MIT 55, Springfield 51: Justin Pedley scored a game-best 27 points, while Dakota Pierce netted 12 points as the Engineers defeated the Pride in Cambridge. Nick McKenna led Springfield with 14 points off the bench.

Babson 80, Wheaton 59: John Wickey and Joe Flannery combined for 40 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block as the Beavers defeated the Lyons in Norton. Agyei Gregory led the Lyons with a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards.

Women’s Basketball:

Lehigh 87, Holy Cross 82: Raquel Scott registered a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds (11 on defense), but that wasn’t enough to lift the Crusaders past Lehigh in Pennsylvania. Alex Smith netted 19 points and recorded six boards, five assists and two steals in the setback.

No. 1 Bentley 84, AIC 46: Courtney Finn buried a school record eight triples and finished with a career-high 25 points as the Falcons defeated the Yellow Jackets in Springfield and improved to 16-0.

No. 21 Adelphi 95, Assumption 93: The Greyhounds’ 90+ point effort, which was the most they’ve scored since registering 92 points against Saint Michael’s on January 29, 2003, wasn’t enough to beat the Panthers, who registered 50 points in the second half. Shannon Ray led Assumption with 22 points, while Kelly Conley added 19 points, four boards, three assists and one steal.

No. 3 Amherst 88, Bates 54: Hannah Peterson scored a game-high 30 points, while Ali Doswell finished with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Bobcats in Maine.

No. 7 Tufts 68, Trinity 48: Hayley Kanner poured in 16 points, while Hannah Foley recorded nine points and seven rebounds as the Jumbos defeated the Bantams in Medford.

No. 18 Williams 71, Colby 54: Ellen Cook netted a team-high 15 points, which was also a game-high, while recording six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks, which lifted the Ephs past the Mules in Williamstown.

WNE 53, Endicott 49: Ali Pessolano recorded 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes, which helped the Golden Bears even their overall mark at 7-7. Samantha Crough led the Gulls with 16 points.

Bridgewater State 63, Worcester State 48: Jenna Williamson scored a game-best 29 points, while adding eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, which helped the Bears defeat the Lancers in Worcester. Meghan Burns led the hosts with 14 points.

Wellesley 72. Mount Holyoke 47: The Blue claimed their 10th consecutive victory, 12th of the season, thanks to 17 points from Leslie Leong and 11 points by Morgyne Weaver.

Babson 68, Clark 65: The Beavers won their sixth consecutive NEWMAC contest and improved to 7-7 overall. Linnett Graber scored a team-high and game-high 18 points, while Kristen Ferola stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, eight boards, six assists and two steals. Emily Reilly led Clark with 14 points.

Mass. College Hoops: Mastascusa, Karalis Lead No. 5 WPI Past Babson, 66-62

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the WPI sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the No. 5 Engineers, who defeated Babson College:

Worcester, MA — Junior Domenick Mastascusa (North Reading, MA) and sophomore Zach Karalis (North Andover, MA) headlined one of WPI men’s basketball’s best bench performances of the season Wednesday night at Harrington Auditorium as the host Engineers held of Babson late to vanquish their NEWMAC rivals by a 66-62 final score.

Mastascusa led the fifth-ranked Engineers with 15 points, but it was Karalis who emerged down the stretch, icing the game on a pair of free throws with four seconds left to thwart a Beavers comeback bid. The sophomore swingman also came up with key late points in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal win over Babson in 2013.

Overall, 34 points came from the Engineers’ bench as stars Ryan Kolb (Southington, CT) and Sam Longwell (Acton, MA) were both limited by the Beavers (10-4, 1-2). Kolb contributed 11 points, while Longwell had eight points and eight rebounds.

WPI (13-1, 3-0) now sits alone atop the NEWMAC standings after running the gauntlet with consecutive games against Springfield, MIT and Babson, winning all three. It was the Engineers’ 10th straight victory overall and their 25th straight at Harrington, matching Florida for the fifth-best home arena streak in the country.

It’s the ninth time in program history WPI has had a double-digit winning streak, seven of them under coach Chris Bartley, including a 22-gamer last season.

Babson’s John Wickey (Manchester, NH) scored 15 of his game-high 21 points after the break, but it wasn’t enough as the hosts led the entire second half. The junior led all players with 11 boards, all on the defensive end. Guard Matt Palazini (Franklin, MA) chipped in 14 points, 12 in the first half as the Beavers enjoyed a 31-12 bulge in points in the paint.

WPI held standout freshman Joey Flannery (Acton, MA) to nine points.

Chad LaBove (Shrewsbury, MA) leveled the score at 17-17 just past the midway point of the first half, drawing a back-and-forth opening stretch to a conclusion.

The Beavers, who receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25, strung together seven straight points over the next 1:57 with the final five coming from Palazini on a 3-pointer and a layup. That gave the visitors a 24-17 lead with 7:30 left in the half, but it was all WPI over the final stretch.

The Engineers’ responded to Babson’s biggest lead with a 17-4 run over final 6:46, initiated by a Ryan Kolb jumper.

Freshman reserve Marcus Middleton (Stoughton, MA) sank a trey with 2:04 left in the half to give WPI its first lead in over 10 minutes, 28-26.

After a Palazini layup, Middleton and Mastascusa hit consecutive baskets from beyond the arc to deliver the hosts a 34-28 halftime lead.

The Engineers led by at least five over for nearly the entire second half, stretching the lead as high as nine on three different occasions.

Freshman Sean Doncaster (Medford, MA) made it 37-28 on a three-point play 18 seconds out of the intermission.

A Kolb jumper kept WPI ahead, 59-50, with 4:52 to go, while Mastascusa struck with a mid-range jump shot 32 seconds later, making it 61-52.

The Beavers closed it to a two-point game, 61-59, with 2:13 left after a Wickey 3-pointer, but Longwell hit both his free throws on WPI’s next trip down.

Wickey added three more points in the final 1:02, but LaBove made one of two from the line and Karalis followed to close out the win.

WPI leaves home to play Emerson at 1 PM Saturday, while Babson follows up with a second straight road game, playing Wheaton at 1 PM on Saturday as well.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week One)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Noontime Sports is proud to announce that for the second straight year we’ve partnered with the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) to produce the weekly Honor Roll.

Similar to last year, these weekly posts, which will appear every Monday, will feature Players of the Week and Rookies of the Week, as well as honorable mentions.

So, without further ado, here’s our first WACBA Honor Roll of the 2013-14 season.

Players of the Week

Dave Dudzinski (Holy Cross) – The senior forward posted his fifth career double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds against Sacred Heart. Dudzinski also recorded a trifecta in that particular game off an offensive rebound with three second remaining in regulation, which forced overtime. Against North Carolina, Dudzinski turned in 11 points and five rebounds.

Tatiana Mojica (Becker College) – The senior forward became the fifth women’s basketball player at Becker to reach the millennium mark by netting 19 points against Worcester State. Through two games this season, she’s averaging 16 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

Rookies of the Week

Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross) – The first-year forward led the Crusaders with 13 points against North Carolina on Friday, as well as registered his first double-double against Sacred Heart with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Tess Nogueira (WPI) – The first-year forward totaled 16 points and 11 rebounds in a pair of games at the 2013 Worcester City Tournament

Honor Roll

Brisje Malone (Holy Cross) – The senior guard recorded her third career double-double with 16 points and 12 boards (career-best) against UMass Lowell.

Jenn Dynis (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard/forward recorded career-bests in points (11) and minutes (28) against the River Hawks. Dynis finished 5-of-8 from the field with five rebounds and one assist.

Terrance Bobb-Jones (Assumption) – The junior guard led the Hounds in two contests by averaging 19.5 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Tafanie Roye (Assumption) – The senior guard averaged 14.7 points per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the field in a 3-0 week. She also earned a spot on the Assumption Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team.

Andrew Musler (Clark University) – The senior forward, who was named MVP of the Courtyard By Marriott Tip-Off Tournament, averaged 19 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two games, setting career-highs in nearly every statistical category. In the 65-62 win over Vassar, he came off the bench and totaled 14 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes of action. Then, in the championship game, Musler posted his first career double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. In the two games, he shot a sizzling 59 percent from the floor (13-for-22), including a 44 percent clip from behind the arc.

Ryan Sheehan (Nichols College) – The senior captain, who was named this week’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, tallied a game-high 37 points in the Bison’s 91-83 win over Lasell. Sheehan connected on 15-of-26 shots from the field, as well as recorded eight rebounds, three steals and one block.

Tyler Roberson (Becker College) – The senior guard scored 28 points in a 66-64 double-overtime victory against Worcester State. In Roberson’s first two games this season, he’s averaging 16 points and eight rebounds.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The senior averaged 23 points and 15.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for Worcester State, as well as all-tournament honors at the Eastern Connecticut Tip-Off Tournament. Jobst registered 19 points and 17 boards in a 90-79 setback against Eastern Connecticut before he poured in 27 points and 14 caroms in a 66-64 double overtime loss against Becker.

Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in a 1-1 week for Worcester State. Burns tallied a game-bests of 15 points and nine caroms in a 57-45 setback against WPI and 12 points, four boards and five helpers in a 75-55 victory over Becker to earn All-Tournament accolades at the Worcester City Tournament.

Zach Karalis (WPI) – The sophomore equaled his career-high with 25 points to lead the ninth-ranked Engineers to a 100-84 victory over host RPI in the season-opener for both squads. Karalis connected on 9-of-14 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point land. He also recorded six rebounds, all on the defensive glass, to three assists and a steal.

Sean Doncaster (WPI) – The first-year guard sparked nationally-ranked WPI with 14 points off the bench in the Engineers’ 100-84 season-opening road win at RPI.  Doncaster drained 4-of-5 shots, including both of his 3-pointers and all four of his free throws, while adding a pair of rebounds and an assist.

Rachel Pineda (WPI) – The juniorpoint guard averaged a team-best 10.5 points while earning All-Worcester City Tournament team accolades