Okay, one more time, for the people in the back:
So yesterday happened and somehow we were actually there to witness it.
We went to UAA @ WOU and we were having a good time but it was a blow-out at halftime and WOU is the best-of-the-best at halftime adjustments, and so in reality it was over, and at the last second before halftime ended we were like “We want to go to SFU/SMU,” and so we got in the car and went.
Don’t ask. We just love this year’s SFU team a lot and wanted another game with them, but as much as we love them… We never saw this coming. Still, they were the last game of the night, so scroll down if you want the deets, because first we’re going to talk about everyone else.
UAA 61 @ WOU 81
For a solid five minutes this was a game and then it wasn’t. WOU walked up before we even knew what was happening. They were amazing at forcing turnovers and irritating the ever loving heck out of the Seawolves. On the one hand it’s just one game, but on the other hand… We’re leaning toward WOU being the best team in the conference. It’s the combination of basketball IQ, athleticism, and coaching.
Seawolf highlights: Tyler Brimhall went 5-6 from the line and had eight boards; and Niko Bevens had 11 points. Off the bench Travis Adams had five points and four assists; Keenan Dowell had eight points nad five fouls; and Brian Pearson went 4-4 from the line.
Wolf highlights: Darius Luborn had an amazing game, scoring 30 points and being 6-6 from the line with a plethora of other field stats; Brandell Evans didn’t score much but was really productive in helping his teammates, picking up a full house; Dalven Brushier had yet another great game with 20 points on good shooting and going 5-6 from the line; Kaleb Warner had six boards; Riley Hawken had 12 points and eight boards; and off the bench O’landa Baker had four boards.
Congrats to the Wolves on bouncing back. Seawolves, we still believe in you -Tyler, Niko, and Brennan are cream of the GNAC crop- but this conference is wacky. And losing at WOU is par for the course, they’re a good team.
WWU 75 @ SPU 91
Ooookay then. We have no idea what to make of this WWU team. This SPU team, it’s complicated. They’re good and unselfish and full of high basketball IQ guys, but… They’re injured. They’re really injured. But they finally got their turnovers in check, and that may very well have made all the difference.
Viks highlights: Tyler Payne ha five assists; Jalen Green had 11 points, five boards, and five fouls; and Trevor Jasinsky played 40 full minutes and had 21 points and seven boards. Off the bench Tucker Eenigenburg had 12 points; KJ Bosco had seven points, five boards, and five fouls; and Elijah Cotton-Welch had five points.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 12 points and seven boards; Harry Cavell went 9-11 from the line and had nine boards among a flawless full house of stats; NIKHIL LIZOTTE had 20 points including going 8-8 from the line; and Gavin Long had 10 points and five boards. Off the bench Sam Simpson had eight points; Sam Boone had four boards; and Divant’e Moffitt had 13 points and eight boards.
On the one hand, we’re thrilled because that’s the Falcon basketball we know they’re capable of, but on the other hand: Really, WWU, really?? It’s irritating how dangerous they are and yet how they can also have games like this.
NNU 92 @ MSUB 89 in OT
Good teams find a way to win. Billings was blowing out NNU to the point that we were like “We just don’t know anything this year, do we?” and then… NNU clicked into gear. No alarmingly bad numbers, so whatever happened in the first half was remedied. Congrats Nighthawks.
Nighthawk highlights: Adonis Arms had 16 points among a full house of stats; Obi Megwa had 10 boards and went 4-4 from the line; SAM ROTH had 12 points; and Spider had eight boards. Off the bench Jayden Bezzant EXPLODED for 27 points and six boards while going 5-7 from three; Zac Furgerson also chipped in five points and clearly, those five points mattered.
Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 21 points and seven boards on good shooting; Melvin had a whopping 15 boards among a full house of stats; and Zack Rollins had 19 points including going 6-7 from the line. Off the bench Kobe Terashima had five points; and Brendan Howard had 12 points on good-to-great shooting.
Crazy game. We’re not getting to Alterowitz this year but games like this make us wish we were. We’re excited to have the Jackets when they come to SMU in a few weeks because while we’re not sure what to make of them… You can’t fault them for not being entertaining. Congrats to the Nighthawks on a good overtime win.
UAF 63 @ CU-PDX 61
We planned to be at this game and then… We felt the Call Of The Clan. That’s with a ‘C,’ there’s nothing nefarious about it. Anyway, we would have been treated to an incredibly good game had we went as intended because this game was tense the whole way through. They may be basement dwellers, but they’re OUR basement dwellers.
Nook highlights: Tymoryae Glover continues to impress with 21 points and five boards among a full house of stats including gong 7-7 from the line; Jalon McCullough had eight points; and Spencer Sweet had six boards and a full house. Off the bench Zach Hatch had five points; and Jaqua Morrow had four boards.
Cavs highlights: Jarrett Gray had 13 points; Dom Bradley had 10 boards among a full house of stats; Hunter Sweet 12 points and five boards; and off the bench CODY STARR FINALLY PLAYED LIKE WE KNOW HE CAN and had 18 points, five boards, and SIX assists. Goodness Cody, we’ve been waiting all year.
We finally looked it up: Hunter and Spencer are both very sweet but not related, ha! Cavs, how on earth did you stay in this game with numbers like these? That’s an achievement unto itself. Scrappy gon’ scrappy. Congrats to the Nooks on the win!
SFU 61 @ SMU 59
Holy whaaaat. We didn’t see this coming. Our best guess as for why it was able to happen is that both teams aren’t particularly high as it comes to collective basketball IQs and so in that respect it’s a good match-up, but… We believe in Alex Pribble and EJ Boyce way too much to think that this was possible, and yet… It happened, and we’re so happy because we love the Clan way too much this year.
Clan highlights: Wil Balata had six boards; Mike Provenzano had 15 points and five boards; Jasdeep Singh had nine points and five boards; Julian Roche had a whopping 23 points and 10 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Jordan MK had four boards.
Saints highlights: Rhett Baerlocher had five boards; EJ Boyce had 23 points; and off the bench BJ Standley had six points; while Tavian Henderson had eight points and four boards.
The big discrepancy is in the rebounds; SFU had 41 to SMU’s 28, but… Who knows. It was a two point game. Yes, Julian Roche is a more skilled 6’11 guy than we usually see on the D2 level, yes Mike Provenzano had a good night, but… Wil Balata had an oddly bad night. Othniel Spence had an oddly bad night. We have no idea how a full SMU team lost to a team that lost big to a depleted SPU team, but they did, and we were there to witness it, and goodness, two incredible games at SMU, what an amazing weekend. Win or lose, the Saints have proven to be 100% worth the nightmare drive.
Amazing day of basketball. Thank-you all so much. We had a blast.
Shout-out to @SFU_MBB on twitter; we woke up to a pile of notifications and it made our morning.
We may “just” be a blogger, but we take the writing and analysis aspect of what we do seriously. In person, we take the caring aspect of what we do seriously. It’s become a tradition for us to always root on the ‘away’ team -yes, even if the home team is SPU- and we love it. We love getting to give them a boost and the knowledge that while they may be outnumbered, the best fan in the conference is on their side.
This past week was chaotic; we were sick all week and so player-of-the-week for both this week and last is coming, the round-robin chart update is coming, as well as bracketology speculation and west region analysis, so look for that.
Amazing week of basketball. We love this conference so much and can’t wait for another great week.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!