Evans puts stamp on Rookie of Week award


January 28, 1996|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

For the fourth time in five weeks, Donta Evans (McDonogh) is the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Rookie of the Week after leading West Chester to three straight basketball wins.

In the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Holiday Inn Classic, the freshman point guard was named tournament MVP after scoring 17 points in the semifinal win over Central State and 24 in the upset of IUP, NCAA Division II's top-ranked team, in the final.

In West Chester's final game of the week, Evans had 15 points, nine assists and four rebounds in a blowout of Wheeling Jesuit. He is West Chester's No. 2 scorer (13.8).

* Lamont Branch (Edmondson), averaging 14.4 points, helped Lackawanna Junior College, the NJCAA's No. 3 team, extend its record to 14-0. He had 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots in a win over Burlington County (N.J.) CC.

* Shepherd junior Chris Wilson (Calvert Hall) leads the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in field-goal percentage (.671) and is fifth in rebounding. The 6-foot-7 center became the first Shepherd player since the 1992-93 season to record back-to-back games of 10 or more rebounds, with 11 against Slippery Rock and 10 against Columbia Union.

* Billy Simmons (C. Milton Wright), York's captain and second-leading scorer (12.9), ranks third in the Capital Athletic Conference in field-goal percentage (.550). Teammate Chad Barr

Oakland Mills) leads the CAC in free-throw percentage (.867). . . . Deb Dawson (Old Mill) had a team-high 11 rebounds in Shippensburg's victory over Edinboro. For the Shippensburg men, Rich Rhinehart (Towson Catholic) is averaging 17.2 after collecting 16 in a loss to Edinboro. . . . Senior sixth man Gene Pleyo (Northeast-AA) led Virginia Wesleyan with 16 points off the bench in a loss to Hampden-Sydney.


Timonium's Greg Knox (Peddie), a 126-pound junior at Franklin and Marshall, has a team-best 7-1 dual-match record and, with a 16-9 overall mark, is second in wins. Brendan James (Calvert Hall), a 150-pound junior, leads in wins with a 17-6 record.

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