Conference Game Day #2!

Hooooooly… What an absolutely positively insane night of games. The Alaskas vs. the Oregons went to OT, the Puget Sound schools vs. the East schools were threatening to, and Western Washington finally actually looked like the conference leaders they should be.

And so… Let’s talk about all of it.

SPU 77 @ NNU 68

This game seemed to take forever. There were three minutes left in the first half and it felt like it should already be the second half. Second half, same thing. The Nighthawks will wear you out. They have great post presence and are a great rebounding team and despite the Falcons coming away with the win, we’re sure that they are feeling the battle this morning and that is high praise to the Nighthawks.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 11 points and eight boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 10 points and five assists; and Gavin Long had 11 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 17 points on good-to-great shooting; Sharif Khan had 10 points and four steals; and Jacob Medjo had eight points.

Nighthawk highlights: Jaylen Fox had 14 points on great shooting; Sam Roth had 10 boards and seven assists; Beto Diaz had 16 points and five boards; George Reidy had 11 points among a full house of stats; and Spider had seven boards. Off the bench Zac Furgerson had seven points; and Zeke Alley had 10 points.

It’s funny how much the numbers can differ from impressions; we felt like George Reidy had an amazing game, and yet numbers-wise he didn’t. Same with Sam Roth; we never trust Sam Roth, while tonight he went 1-7 the Falcons were EVERYWHERE trying to defend him and it definitely took a lot of their energy. Really well fought battle by both teams; the Nighthawks were in it at the end, Spider made a huge jump shot and it got dicey, but the Falcons hit their free throws and pulled it out.

SMU 79 @ CWU 76

Heartbreak for the Wildcats two games in a row with just not being able to seal the deal. They led by 13 and one point, battled down the stretch, had the ball as they needed it in the waning seconds to get the final shot, and then Xavier Smith turned it over and that was the end of it. Ouch.

Saints highlights: Demonte Malloy had 12 points; CJ Jennings had 18 points, four boards, and four assists; LOGAN ROONEY started and had 13 points; John Moore had 13 points among a full house of stats; Marky Adams had a flawless full house with a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Alex Schumacher had four boards.

Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had five boards; and Tariq Woody had 12 points. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 13 points; KEVIN BAKER was on fire and had 19 points and eight boards; Amari Stafford had four assists; and Marqus Gilson had seven boards and six points.

The numbers confuse us. The minutes distribution by the Wildcats confuses us even more. How they were in this game at all is a miracle that we would attribute to Alex Schumacher playing wayyyy too selfishly. With the Wildcats, it’s looking like Rinta really wanted to get everyone involved (almost everyone saw 20 minutes) and yet… At what cost? There was no foul trouble, so why did Matt Poquette only see 18 minutes? Why did an on-fire Tariq Woody only see 20 minutes? Why did an on-fire Kevin Baker only see 22 minutes? Rarely do we have a desire for a post-game interview, but… The minutes distribution is a head scratcher at best and moronic at worst. Congrats to the Saints on pulling out the victory.

MSUB 62 @ WWU 86

This game was never a contest. Ever. WWU went up 13-0, and that was as close as MSUB got. The Viks led by 27 at halftime, the Jackets came back out ready to play, but… The contest ended just post tip-off.

Yellowjacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had five assists among a full house of stats; Tyler Green had a full house; BRENDAN HOWARD had 17 points and 13 boards for the double-double; and Seth Christaens had five boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had four boards; and Stevie James had nine points while going 6-7 from the line.

Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 15 points and four steals; SIAAN ROJAS started and had six assists; Logan Schilder had eight boards and 10 points in limited minutes; JALEN GREEN had 23 points and five boards among a full house of stats; and Trevor Jasinsky had a full house. Off the bench RJ Secrest had eight points; Luke Lovelady had 17 points and four boards; and Cameron Retherford had seven points.

We’re actually relatively pleased with the Yellowjackets play, despite the blow-out. The numbers say they were distributing and trying new things when the old things weren’t working, which is everything. Don’t do the same darn things expecting to get a different result. We’re surprised the Vikings weren’t able (or didn’t care) to shut down Brendan; and then Trevor Jasinsky despite having an off night from the field was still super effective. Congrats to both teams on a game well fought.

CU-PDX 111 @ UAF 116 in 2OT

Hooooly what. At one point the Cavs led by 10 in the first half, 13 in the second half, and yet couldn’t hang on. Ouch. This is a loss that’s likely to haunt them for a while, but hopefully they learn from it? The Nooks really only led in the final two minutes of regulation, the Cavs managed to tie it, it went to the first OT and the Cavs consistently led until the Nooks tied it at the end of that first OT, it was back and forth in the second OT, and then Shadeed Shabazz got a steal and the Cavs couldn’t recover. Free throws and the Nooks win. Nuts.

Cavs highlights: El-roi Butler had five fouls; Caleb Larsen had five fouls and went 6-6 from the line; HUNTER SWEET played a whopping 47 minutes and had a full house of stats among 26 points, five boards, seven assists, and four steals; and Dakota Ayala had 22 points, six boards, and five fouls. Off the bench David Wheeler had 18 points and seven boards; and Brendan Ritschard had 14 points and eight boards.

Nanook highlights: SHADEED SHABAZZ played a whopping 47 minutes and had a full house among a whopping 43 points with solid shooting from the field, good shooting from the line, four steals, and five fouls; SPENCER SWEET also played 47 minutes and 19 points and six boards on good shooting; and QUINN DAUGHARTY started and had five boards. Off the bench Zach Hatch had five boards and four assists; and MARKEL BANKS had a whopping 33 points and six boards among a full house of stats and absolutely elite shooting from both the field and the free throw line, going 11-14 from the field and 11-12 from the line. Insane.

The numbers from this game are crazy and this is what we would describe as good minutes distribution; some of the Nooks go-to guys weren’t playing as well as they could have, and so swaps were made and they were effective. Special note that while Quinn Daugharty and Zach Hatch didn’t put up remarkable numbers, they played 25+ minutes apiece and that says that their defense and propensity of being team players was high, so very quality minutes right there. Basketball IQ, basketball IQ, basketball IQ.

WOU 86 @ UAA 88 in OT

And this is why everyone always says playing in Alaska is hard. While we picked WOU to finish eighth, we didn’t expect them to get swept in Alaska; we picked them to finish eighth because never count transfers before you see them play in-conference games, and this is why. Anchorage worked their way up in the first half, before WOU was able to tie it going into halftime. Anchorage at one point led by 10 in the second half before WOU was able to get back in and tie it leading to OT, and in JACK MACDONALD made a three and the game was over.

Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 12 points and seven boards; Cameron Cranston had 21 points; Dalven Brushier played 41 minutes and had 21 points, 10 boards for the double-double, along with five assists; Darius Lubom played 40 minutes and had 17 points, five boards, and five assists; and John Morrill-Keeler had 14 points and eight boards. No notable bench play.

Seawolf highlights: DeAndre Osuigwe had 12 boards and six assists; and Tyler Brimhall had 11 points and five boards. Off the bench TYRUS HOSLEY had 16 points, four boards, and six assists; Jack Macdonald had seven points and seven boards; and our guy OGGIE PANTOVIC had 20 points and 13 boards.

The bench was the difference. It’s looking like WOU is going to continue having an insanely short rotation, which can be fine but in this game wasn’t. Anchorage went way deeper and it paid off; some of the UAA starters didn’t have the best nights, but their bench bailed them out and they got the ‘W.’ We still think individual guys at WOU have more talent, but UAA was able to utilize the collective talent more and procure the victory. Nicely done Seawolves.

Really great night of basketball. We’ll get into some non-con analysis this coming week, along with the first round of player-of-the week nominations and the POW winner tomorrow morning.

Congrats to all on some insanely hard battles (yes, including you MSUB) these games were all amazing.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

As you’re seeing this, we’re probably driving to Nampa because of course we are.

All times pacific.

MSUB @ WWU @ 3pm

Both teams are coming off losses to Simon Fraser, and so who’s going to win this match-up? Probably WWU because Brendan can’t do everything, and while neither can Trevor, Trevor does have a significantly better supporting cast.

Prediction: WWU wins.

CU-PDX @ UAF @ 4:15pm

UAF is coming off of a HUUUUGE win against WOU (is it huge? Maybe, but regardless for the Nooks it is) while CU-PDX is coming off of a near-miss at UAA. Concordia will want to right the ship while the Nooks will want to keep it rolling. It should be a good game. We’re starting to lean toward the Nooks, just because their guys truly are starting to put up some consistent numbers, and it’s not just one or two of them -it’s a solid four or five. Will it mean anything against the meat of the schedule? We’ll see. But for now they’re looking cautiously optimistically good.

Prediction: UAF wins.

WOU @ UAA @ 6:15pm

WOU is going to want to right the ship, and as much as Anchorage will want to keep it going… They’ll want to right the ship as well. Anchorage can play better than they did on Thursday; they know it, and we know it, so we’ll see if they do it. That said: the Wolves also know they can play better and we think WOU’s potential is ultimately higher than that of Anchorage, so… No telling what’s gonna happen. Either team could win a close one or blow the other one out.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SPU @ NNU @ 6:30pm

The Falcons survived a scare against CWU, but honestly… Young team things. They’re not going to be able to get away with that in Nampa, and we strongly suspect many of said young Falcons are writing off the Nighthawks after their blowout loss to SMU. This is the GNAC; where a score on any given night doesn’t matter. The Nighthawks could blow-out the Falcons just as easily as they got blown out by the Saints. Constant vigilance.

Prediction: NNU wins.

SMU @ CWU @ 7:15pm

We’re excited about this game. SMU just got a killer win against NNU, while CWU lost a heartbreaker to SPU. The Wildcats have nearly tasted success and so that’s what they’re going to want to focus on tonight. That said… As a general rule, it’s much easier to get up for SPU than it is SMU and the CWU players are going to need to be poppin’ from the get-go. While many of the CWU players will be remembering last year’s 2OT loss to SMU in the final game of the regular season, the fact is that literally zero of SMU’s current team played in that game -although Assistant Coach Luke Chavez did.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Should be a really good day of games. We’ll be keeping an eye on everything.

As noted above: We’re headed out to NNU, so come say ‘hi’ if you want.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #1!

Hoooo boy, what a first night of conference games.

Let’s jump right in to how we were immediately wrong (looking at you, UAF) because this is the GNAC.

WWU 74 @ SFU 77

Hoooooly cow. This game was crazy. SFU went up by a lot, WWU worked their way back in, finally took the lead briefly mid-way through the second half and the teams went back and forth until the buzzer sounded and SFU was barely on top, but… Barely is what counts.

Viking highlights: Logan Schilder had five boards; Jalen Green had 13 points, five boards, and four blocks; and Trevor Jasinsky had 22 points. Off the bench RJ Secrest had 14 points and five boards among a full house of stats; Siaan Rojas had six points and four assists; and Cameron Retherford had five points and five fouls.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had five steals; Wil Balata had 17 points; Mike Provenzano was back and had 13 points; JASDEEP SINGH had 21 points and eight boards; and Julian Roche won the battle of the bigs with 10 points and eight boards. Off the bench there were no notable numbers except the fact that Mike Hannan played 27 outstanding minutes of defensive team first basketball.

Good teams find a way to win and that’s exactly what the Clan did. We are SO proud of them. With the Vikings… Still waiting for Leif Anderson to click into gear. He had a lot of really good moments last year, so hopefully soon.

SPU 76 @ CWU 66

The Falcons were in control for most of the first half, before the Wildcats made some amazing adjustments in the second half. It seemed like the Falcons collectively got tired during halftime, while the Wildcats woke up. Thankfully the brutal non-con has seemingly prepared the young Falcons well, because they managed to get the win in a less-hostile-than-usual environment.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell finally found his shot and had 14 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Divant’e Moffitt had a whopping 20 points, five boards, and four assists; Filip Fullerton went 5-6 and had 12 points; Shaw Anderson had 12 points and six boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Sharif Khan had six boards.

Wildcat highlights: Matt Poquette had nine boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 14 points; Keven Baker was on fire and had 14 points while going 5-6 from the field along with four assists and four boards; and Micah Pollard had four boards.

The fact that Gavin Long isn’t mentioned above is huge in two ways: One is that the Wildcats managed to shut his shot down, but two is that he still played 30 minutes of quality defense and team first basketball and the Wildcats as a whole really had minimally highlightable stats. In person, we felt like the Wildcats played really well, but then we look at the numbers and almost no one could do anything. We were overall really impressed with CWU, so we’re curious to see what they do during the rest of conference play.

SMU 84 @ NNU 63

Not gonna lie, that result kind of came out of nowhere. It was close and every bit of the battle we expected in the first half, and then in the second half the Saints clicked into gear and ran the Nighthawks into the ground. Really critical and impressive performance for a young team. It is hard to play in Nampa, and literally no one on that team has done it before, so perhaps not surprising that it took a bit to find their bearings.

Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had five boards, five assists, and five steals; Demonte Malloy had 19 points and 11 boards for the double-double; CJ JENNINGS was absolutely on fire and had 27 points on 9-12 shooting from the field; John Moore had five boards; Marky Adams had 10 boards, 15 points, and a whopping seven blocks among a full house of stats; and Logan Rooney had 10 boards off the bench.

Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz had 15 points; George Reidy had 24 points and six boards; and Spider had five boards. Off the bench Zeke Alley had seven boards; and Felix White had four boards.

Congrats to the Saints on a win in a tough location.

MSUB 76 @ SFU 88

This game was close for a long time and then finally was put out of reach at the very end. Are we surprised? Not particularly, because we’ll be the first to tell you that SFU is a good team, but despite being a team full of returners they don’t have the history of playing lockdown, get it done basketball, so… Proud that they finally sealed it.

Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had seven assists in a whopping 39 minutes of play; Tyler Green had 22 points; BRENDAN HOWARD was Brendaning and had a whopping 27 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Jamie Stevens continues to contribute well off the bench and had nine points.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 20 points on great shooting; Wil Balata had 14 boards and six assists; Mike Provenzano had a quiet 10 points; and JASDEEP SINGH had another great night with 21 points. Off the bench Cory Nzigamasabo had five points and four boards in just six minutes; and Mike Hannan had eight points.

Congrats to the Clan on getting it done, and congrats to the Yellowjackets on a very quality battle.

CU-PDX 74 @ UAA 81

This was much closer than expected and we’re not sure whether or not we’re surprised. Probably yes, because while we like a number of the Cavs players, we generally think UAA’s key few players have proven more than said Cavs players, and… Perhaps that smidgen was the difference? Still a nice road effort for the Cavs.

Cavs highlights: El-roi Butler had seven boards; Caleb Larsen had 11 points and six assists; HUNTER SWEET had 18 points; and Dakota Ayala had 11 points and eight boards. Off the bench David Wheeler had six points; Brendan Ritschard had seven points and four boards; and Dom Bradley had five points.

Seawolf highlights: Deandre Osuigwe had six boards and six assists; Tyler Brimhall had six boards; Niko Bevens had 11 points; and David Riley had seven boards. Off the bench Amari Hale had six assists and six points; TYRUS HOSLEY had a whopping 22 points and seven boards while going 6-6 from the line; Jack Macdonald shot really well and had 13 points; and Oggie Pantovic had a quiet night with seven points.

The UAA bench bailed out their starters hardcore. Nicely done bench! It’s not who starts the game but who finishes it, eh? Hard fought victory and a win that will no doubt pay dividends down the road because every conference win is a quality win. Congrats to the Cavs on giving UAA everything they could handle.

WOU 66 @ UAF 72

To be fair, we have said that the Nanook players have been impressing us, we just didn’t expect them to get functional this quickly. Clearly non-con taught them a lot and then you mix that with home tundra advantage, as well as a brand new Wolves team, and… This is the result. Ridiculously proud, Nooks.

Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 13 points and seven boards among a full house of stats; Cameron Cranston had 15 points; Dalven Brushier continues to impress with 17 points; Darius Lubom had 12 points, seven boards, and five assists; and off the bench Jaquan Home had five fouls and five points.

Nanook highlights: SHADEED SHABAZZ had a whopping 27 points and four steals; and MAWICH KACHJAANI had a HUUUUGE bounce back game with 19 points and nine boards. Off the bench Spencer Sweet had four boards; Markel Banks had four points; and Ousman Basir Gomez Jr. had four points as well.

Oh gosh. What an ugly game. WOU has four amazing players and apparently no viable bench. UAF has a smattering of viable players, very few of whom could actually make something happen tonight, and yet… They did enough, and a victory was had. We have no idea what to say or think beyond: Wolves, this is normal for new teams; it’s hard to play at UAF. UAF, great job on seizing the opportunity for a nice win.

Great night of basketball, we’re so thrilled to finally be playing some actual CONFERENCE games. We loved non-con, but the meat of the GNAC schedule is always amazing.

Game previews will be up tomorrow morning.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing the First Day of Conference Play!!

Gooood morning and welcome to the first day of conference play.

Western Washington played at Simon Fraser on Tuesday, but we’re going to go ahead and save those highlights for tomorrow, just so everything is in one post.

With that said, let’s get into previewing tonight’s games!

All times pacific.

MSUB @ SFU @ 5:15pm

The good news is that MSUB is coming in hot off of a couple of wins against Adams State. The bad news is that we’re not exactly sure what those wins mean. Simon Fraser just got a killer win against Western Washington, so that’s exciting, and while their non-con still leaves a bit to be desired (we’ll discuss it more next week) they do have QualityLoss™ against UCSD. The reality is that with what Simon Fraser returns, this game should be an easy win; the problem is, we don’t think it will be.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SMU @ NNU @ 6:30pm

Ridiculously curious about this game. We really liked what we saw out of the Saints against East Bay on Wednesday and so we’re super stoked to see them progress throughout this year. We’re also thrilled with what NNU brings back; they don’t seem as confident in themselves as we are in them, so this game’ll be interesting. NNU definitely has a good nocturnal nest advantage (see what we did there, Nighthawks?) but depending on how things go we really do think the young Saints have a solid shot -despite the fact that they almost lost to Evergreen State on Sunday.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SPU @ CWU @ 7:30pm

Yes. Our favorite game of the year. Our favorite team + our favorite GNAC atmosphere. The Falcons are coming off of what looms as a big win against Point Loma; the Wildcats really haven’t done much but they do return more experience. Is that experience going to be relevant? Doubtful. Simply because while SPU is young, they’re insanely well tested; and while CWU hasn’t been tested, they do get home court advantage for this game and that’s never anything to underestimate. One question we have is: does this game still count as a rivalry? For several years it was craaaazy heated, but it seems like both teams are toning down and CWU has gone back to focusing on WWU, while who the heck knows who SPU’s rival is? Could rivalry magic still come into play? Hmmm.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX @ UAA @ 8:30pm

Finally a game that should be fairly easily predictable; UAA has looked solid throughout non-con, while the Cavs have had quite a few growing pains although also some good moments.

Prediction: UAA wins.

WOU @ UAF @ 8:30pm

Another game that should be fairly easily predictable. While there are a number of Nanook players that we really like and believe in, the fact is that this team is struggling majorly to get their poop in a group.

Prediction: WOU wins.

It should be a great night of basketball. We’re excited to follow along with all of it. As implied above: WE’LL FINALLY BE AT CENTRAL FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR!!!!!!! And so come say ‘hi’ if you want.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Non-Con Day 8!

Is the post ever going to be up again at 11am sharp like it used to be on Sundays? Maybe. Nutso November gonna Nutso, but it’s finally December.

And so… Let’s jump into discussing what happened yesterday.

Michigan Tech 65 @ Alaska-Fairbanks 57

Not a win, but not an awful blow-out either, so that’s good.

Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz went 9-9 from the line and had a full house among five boards, four assists, five steals, and two blocks; Koby Huerta had 15 points while going 5-7 from three; and Mawich Kachjaani had seven boards. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had six boards; and Quinn Daugharty had five boards.

Some really fun numbers, if not a victory. Nicely done Nooks!

Northern Michigan 75 @ Alaska-Anchorage 84

Get that ‘W’ Seawolves! Even if it doesn’t actually count.

Seawolf highlights: DeAndre Osuigwe had 10 points, six boards, and seven assists in just 23 minutes; Tyler Brimhall had 17 points and eight boards while going 6-7 from the line; and Niko Bevens had 16 points. Off the bench Tyrus Hosley had nine points; Jack Macdonald had 11 points; and Oggie Pantovic had 10 points.

Congrats to the Seawolves on some good numbers in a nice win.

Colorado Christian 80 @ Simon Fraser 89

Honestly, not the result we were hoping for, but it’s still a ‘W’ that technically counts toward SOS and that’s what matters.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 18 points; Wil Balata had 10 boards; Jas Singh played 40 full minutes and had 22 points and nine boards; Julian Roche had a double-double along with a full house among 21 points and 12 boards; and Mike Hannan had four steals off the bench.

No Mike Provenzano. That explains the close win and why Wil Balata took wayyy too many shots. Flashback to the conference tournament. Feel better soon, Mike!

Seattle Pacific 96 @ Point Loma 89

Woof, that score. But considering both teams had north of 20 fouls, we’re assuming it’s because the refs were calling it tight and thus no one wanted to risk playing good D. Unfortunately, but probably wise.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 16 points, seven boards, and five fouls; DIVANT’E MOFFITT had a whopping 29 points, seven boards, and eight assists while going 11-12 from the line and shooting well from the field; Filip Fullerton had eight points; Shaw Anderson had nine points and six boards among a full house of stats; and Gavin Long had 12 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had four boards; Sharif Khan had five points; Mehdi El-Mardi had five points; and Jacob Medjo had 10 points.

Full team effort from the Falcons. Literally 10 players including every guy that saw minutes recorded mentionable stats in a non-blowout. Crazy. The Sea Lions looked really solid and so this could ultimately end up being a good to really good win.

Adams State 81 @ MSU-Billings 95

Nicely done Yellowjackets! Improved from the day before, that’s what we like to see.

Jacket highlights: Clarence Daniels had five boards; Psalm Maduakor had five boards and six assists; TYLER GREEN had a full house including a whopping 27 points, five boards, and five assists; BRENDAN HOWARD had 27 points and 10 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Stevie James had a good shooting game and scored 12 points.

Really happy with a lot of these numbers, Jackets. Y’all are looking much improved. Excited to see what you do this week against the North schools.

CU-Portland 55 @ San Francisco State 91

Woof. Heal yourselves, Cavs; y’all are up to Alaska this coming week.

Cavs highlights: Hunter Sweet had nine points and six boards. Off the bench DAVID WHEELER had 17 points; Bryce Cheney continues to do work with nine points; Dane Agost grabbed four boards; and Barrett Keith had eight points.

No idea what’s up with the minutes distribution, so there is that. Contemplating that Bryce Cheney should be starting, but we’ll see. Better luck in the Great White North, Cavs.

Stanislaus 72 @ Western Oregon 75

WHAT THE HECK IS THIS WARRIORS TEAM?!?!?!?!? They’re the latest team we have a grudge against because when they played SPU, one of their players actually injured himself by flopping so hard (lol). The question is though: are they good or are they merely okay? It’ll be something to keep an eye on in conference play, because this win could ultimately look really good for the Wolves.

Wolf highlights: Cameron Cranston had 11 points; Dalven Brushier had 11 points; DARIUS LUBOM had a whopping 24 points, six boards, seven assists, shot well from the field, AND went 10-10 from the line; John Morrill-Keeler had nine points; and off the bench Collin Warmouth had six points.

Seems like the Wolves rotation is starting to solidify. Their match-up against Anchorage should be really interesting. Darious Lubom oh my my was absolutely out of his mind -although we suspect that this performance won’t be a crazy blip; he’s been looking really good this year, so that’s exciting. Congrats to the Wolves on what should be a really solid win.

We have non-con thoughts that we will theoretically put up before Thursday. It’ll be good. This weekend was a nice bookend to the key portion of non-con. Yes, there’s an additional block of non-con in December with a handful of GNAC schools in Hawaii and other dotted D2 non-con, but the big chunk is over and we get into conference play this week.

We’re not going to put up a preview for the WWU @ SFU game on Tuesday, but we’ll talk about it briefly here:

The big question with this first round of WWU/SFU is whether or not Mike Provenzano plays. If he plays, the Clan has a really good shot; if he doesn’t, we expect a blow-out. We are actually not going to this game, sadly, but we’ll be watching it and sending all of the good healthy vibes from afar.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Past Games + Previewing Today’s Games!

Yes, we didn’t do the previews yesterday. Boo us, we suck.

That said: We won Apple Cup and got high-fives from most of the men’s soccer team, Myles Bryant, AND UW President Ana Mari Cauce, so it was a big win all around.

And now let’s get into this week’s basketball.

From Tuesday & Wednesday:

Seattle Pacific 75 @ Sonoma State 55

The Sonoma State coach was stunned by the result, to the point that he publicly stormed over to the CCAA’s ref coordinator and blamed bad reffing. Uh, dude: SPU’s lost to four teams and every single one looks decent at the very minimum; their one win came against the team projected to win the Pac-West.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 10 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Divant’e Moffitt had 14 points on great shooting, along with a plethora of field stats; Shaw Anderson had 20 points on great shooting as well as a bordering on great free throw shooting; and Gavin Long had 10 points. No outstanding bench play, although some good relief minutes.

Overall the Falcons were in foul trouble and it is what it is; it’s funny, Shaw had a great game on paper but in person it felt very riddled with frosh mistakes. #JustShawThings

Northwest Nazarene 70 @ Cal State LA 74

While we picked the Nighthawks to win, the result really isn’t that surprising. Cal State LA has been very 50/50 and while we firmly believe in this year’s NNU team, it is an adjustment in not having Adonis Arms, and this was a road game.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had a whopping 16 boards; Beto Diaz had 10 points and five boards; and George Reidy had 14 points. Off the bench Cayden Wright had five points; and Ezekiel Alley had a whopping 16 points and six boards.

Overall, some really bad shooting numbers, but holy guacamole Sam Roth! This loss actually might not look atrocious come March, but because of how the Nighthawks scheduled non-con, we think regardless they’re going to need the autobid.

East Bay 89 @ Saint Martin’s 83

We were there for the second half. Yes, we were a turkey. This game went in waves and was tied at halftime. It was a good game, good experience game for SMU because East Bay projects really well and the Pioneers would work their way up but the Saints would reel them back in, and ultimately the score ended up really respectable. We would consider ourselves an East Bay person (because our beloved grad school coach is the head coach) but we found ourselves rooting hard for the Saints just because they’re young and yet made a lot of really good, high effort plays.

Saints highlights: Demonte Malloy was OUT OF HIS MIND with a full house among 14 points, 10 boards, and seven assists; CJ Jennings was impressive with 22 points on good shooting; MARKY ADAMS had a whopping 12 points and 13 boards; and certified sixth man LOGAN ROONEY had 12 points and six boards.

The Saints won the rebounding battle considerably; 43-36, so that’s awesome. We have to say, we’re excited about this team. While they had a rough stretch in Utah, it appears that they’re learning the right things and should be ready to go come conference play. Ridiculously proud of all of y’all, congrats on a well played and hard fought game, Saints.

Now let’s talk about Friday’s games…

Northern Michigan 95 @ Alaska-Fairbanks 45

This game doesn’t count for SOS (lol), but was scheduled because both schools are D1 in hockey and D2 in almost everything else -including basketball.

Nook highlights: Mawich Kachjaani had seven boards. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had six points; Markel Banks had six points; Quinn Daugharty had four boards; and OBG had 10 points.

Congrats on getting to heal yourselves at a Pokemon Center afterward, Nooks. Y’all need it.

Michigan Tech 83 @ Alaska-Anchorage 80

Another game that doesn’t count for SOS but was scheduled because both schools are D1 in hockey and D2 in almost everything else. We’re not going to get into any implications because the fact is: this game doesn’t matter. It’s better prep than playing D1 or lower division, while at the same time truly doesn’t matter and so while we get the sentiment… Just why. What a waste of energy.

Seawolf highlights: DeAndre Osuigwe had nine points and six assists; Niko Bevens had 12 points; and Tobin Karlberg had five boards. Off the bench Amari Hale had 11 points and five assists; Tyrus Hosley had 11 points; Jack Macdonald had nine points and four boards; and OGGIE PANTOVIC had 16 points and nine boards.

Once again: If Yugoslavia was still intact, the YBL would rival the NBA in terms of being the world’s best basketball league. Balkan heritage > your heritage. And we say this as a Norwegian 😂😂 You didn’t see us going on and on about Sjur Berg nor see us still going on and on about Spider.

Colorado Christian 69 @ Western Washington 91

The good news is that this game does count for SOS. The bad news is, Colorado Christian usually is really bad and that appears to hold true this year.

Viking highlights: Tucker Eenigenburg had 11 points on great shooting; D’Angelo Minnis had 21 points and five steals; Logan Schilder is off the DL and had eight points and five boards; Jalen Green had 12 points and five boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 18 points, seven boards, and eight assists; and off the bench Luke Lovelady had 14 points and seven boards among a full house of stats.

Congrats to the Vikings on the win.

Adams State 75 @ MSU-Billings 86

Good come-from-behind win for the Yellowjackets. Adams State is in the RMAC, so the game does count in regard to March (not that it really matters), and they tend to sit in about the same range that MSUB does, so good practice.

Jackets highlights: Clarence Daniels had five boards; Psalm Maduakor had five boards; Chrishon Dixon had a full house among 13 points, eight boards, and four assists; Jordan Lehrer had five boards; and Brendan Howard had 11 boards and 17 points. Off the bench TYLER GREEN had 28 points and four assists; and Stevie James had 11 points and seven boards.

Congrats to the Yellowjackets on great rebounding and a really quality overall performance.

Stanislaus 62 vs. CU-Portland 57 @ San Francisco State

Not sure how to feel about this game. Stanislaus had started looking pretty darn good and then… They almost got beat by Concordia. Or does that mean Concordia is actually starting to look decent? We can only hope.

Cavs highlights: Xavier Smith had eight boards; Hunter Sweet had 18 points and went 7-8 from the line; and Dakota Ayala shot well and had six boards. Off the bench Bryce Cheney had five points; and Dom Bradley had five boards.

We definitely feel like the Cavs could/have should have won this game, and so… Is that a moral victory, or a demoralizing loss? It’s one thing to get blown out, but an entirely different thing to have totally been able to win and yet not done it. Hmmm.

Western Oregon 88 @ San Francisco State 76

Good win for the Wolves who are starting to look like an increasingly good team. One of those situations where it was impossible to say before the season, and yet not surprising now that more games have been played.

Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson was lights out and had 17 points and seven boards; Dalven Brushier had 17 points; and Darius Lubom had 20 points and seven boards. Off the bench TYREEK PRICE had 17 points; and Zach Baugher had eight points.

The 17 points thing reminds us of the Jim Shaw days of every player getting 10 points before getting pulled. Such consistency. Congrats to the Wolves on a good win and great shooting.

Previewing Today’s Games!

Yes, the SPU game will have already started by the time this post goes up, but… Whatever. They’ll live.

All times pacific.

Seattle Pacific @ Point Loma @ 2pm

This SPU team is young, this Point Loma team is new. On the one hand, it’s hard to trust the Falcons because their record is so bad. On the other hand, Point Loma really hasn’t played anybody, with the exception of their blow-out loss to UCSD but that’s par for the course.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Western Oregon vs. Stanislaus @ San Francisco State @ 5pm

We’re actually really curious about this game. Stanislaus beat SPU and we assumed it was a bad loss because Stanislaus usually isn’t that good, and yet they’ve looked better than normal this year. They’re 5-1 with their only loss being to Dominguez Hills and they count a win at Chico State. If WOU gets the ‘W’, we would count it as quality. A loss wouldn’t quite be quality, but it wouldn’t be awful either.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Colorado Christian vs. Simon Fraser @ WWU @ 5pm

As noted above: Colorado Christian is rarely projected to be that good, and they’re definitely not this year, so…

Prediction: SFU wins.

MSU-Billings vs. Adams State @ 6pm

Yes, they’re playing a second time. It was close yesterday, so let’s see if there’s a different result today.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Michigan Tech vs. Alaska Fairbanks @ 6:15pm

Tech and Anchorage played close last night and we expect that Anchorage is a lot better than Fairbanks, so…

Prediction: Michigan Tech wins.

CU-Portland @ San Francisco State @ 7pm

While we expect that SFSU is better than Concordia, we’re not sure by how much and thus this could actually be a pretty interesting game. We’ve liked a lot of the numbers we’ve seen from the Cavs, so hopefully Dakota Ayala can/will stay in a bit longer and tonight the Cavs can get the win.

Prediction: SFSU wins.

Northern Michigan @ Alaska-Anchorage @ 8:30pm

Northern Michigan killed Alaska-Fairbanks last night, but UAA and UAF are quite different teams. While UAA registered a loss to Michigan Tech and we vaguely assume NMU is better… Maybe the Seawolves have improved too? There were some bad shooting numbers admittedly, and we think Jack Macdonald needs to see more minutes, so maybe he will.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

All for today. We’ll see you guys tomorrow morning to discuss these games.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today & Tomorrow’s Games!

Sitting at SeaTac waiting to board our flight to… the Bay Area, of course!

And so let’s jump right into previewing the three games.

All times pacific.

Seattle Pacific @ Sonoma State @ 3pm

If there’s one thing that makes us proud to be an SPU alum, it’s how good they are at logistics. Both Sonoma State AND the CCAA website listed the game time as 5pm, when in reality it was at 3pm the whole time. The Seawolves of Sonoma recently got beat by the Seawolves of Anchorage, and while SPU is sitting at a paltry 1-4, those four losses include being to three of the projected top West Region teams, so… More understandable. The big question in this game is how will the young Falcons respond to an upper classmen-laden Sonoma team? We’ll find out.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Northwest Nazarene @ Cal State LA @ 7pm

Yes, the conference website is listing screwy times again, woo-hoo. According to Cal State LA’s website the game is in fact at 7pm, not 8pm. The Cal State LA team… Is a bit of a mixed bag. They knocked-off the otherwise current Prince of the Region in Azusa Pacific, and then got blown out by East Bay who we’ll talk about in just a sec. We actually think that this NNU team is looking among the cream of the conference, but… What Cal State LA team is going to show up tonight?

Prediction: NNU wins.

East Bay @ Saint Martin’s @ 1pm

East Bay has a good record, but it’s against traditional basement dwellers and includes a loss to traditional basement dweller Academy of Art. They blew out Cal State LA, but… what does that mean? Not sure yet. SMU is brand new and super young, and like SPU they have a ton of losses, but they have been putting up some good numbers and they’re going to be relying on making the conference tournament and getting the autobid, so it’s still hard to say. This game should be decently interesting -and yes, we’ll be there. Maybe wearing a turkey costume, haven’t decided yet.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

It should be a good couple days of games. We’ll be at 2/3 and are super excited to get down to SMU for the first time this year, so definitely come say ‘hi.’

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Non-Con Day 6.

Some surprises and so… Let’s talk about them.

UAF 78 @ Dixie State 90

Not a surprising result and we’re actually more excited about Dixie bouncing back than we are in caring about about Fairbanks losing/how they lost etc. UAF seemed hopeless last year, and then this year… We admittedly like a lot of their players, but Alaskans voted to defend their university system, so if they don’t care, why should we care?

Nook highlights: SHADEED SHABAZZ had 28 points while going 8-8 from the line; Spencer Sweet had 16 points; and Mawich Kachjaani somewhat bounced back with 11 boards. Off the bench Markel Banks had four boards; and Quinn Daugharty had five points.

The defense was lacking and OBJ didn’t play, which seems odd. Wonder if he’s battling an injury of some kind. Congrats to the Nooks on a solid outing.

NDNU 70 @ CU-PDX 71

WHAT. A. GAME. And exactly what we were expecting. Super exciting, super happy for the Cavs procuring the win.

Cav highlights: Russ Tillery had 12 points and five boards; Elroi Butler had 10 boards; Hunter Sweet had a whopping 20 points and six boards; and it appears Dakota Ayala broke his face yet again because he doesn’t have many stats, which is odd. Off the bench Caleb Larsen had nine points; and Dane Agost had four rebounds.

This win is oddly critical in that it was a hard fought victory that should help teach the Cavs how to win close games and instill confidence in them and whatnot. While most of the Pac-West and GNAC will scoff and go “It was against NDNU” you have to walk before you can run; NDNU is a peer to CU-Portland, and regardless as to where you sit in your conference, a victory over a peer is important.

Regis 69 @ WOU 90

A somewhat surprising result; we expected Regis to win, but we’ve also really liked a lot of the numbers WOU has put up, and so… Maybe not as surprising as it could have been? This WOU team is going to be hard to figure out because it’s so brand new. We’re excited to get to take a look at them in person, although it won’t happen until mid-January.

Wolves highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 14 points; Cameron Cranston had 14 points and six boards; DALVEN BRUSHIER had 22 points on good shooting; and Darius Lubom had 14 points, five boards, and six assists for the all around excellence. Off the bench Tyreek Price shot well and had 11 points; and Zach Baugher lit things up with a full house of stats including 15 points, five boards, and four assists among other numbers.

Excited for the Wolves, not entirely sure what it means, but it is somewhere between a good and great win, none-the-less.

Yes, the posting has been a little bit more lackadaisical in November than we’d like it to be, but that happens every year. It’s especially bad this year because the only teams that are truly known are UAA, SFU, and WWU. Everyone else has some type of major variability, so we definitely feel like we know less this year than we usually would, and that says something because we rarely feel like we have a good grasp of anything during non-con.

The good news is conference play should be interesting and things will calm down and be back to a normal schedule; it’s just chaos right now, because… Nutso November.

We’ll see y’all on Tuesday for the Tuesday/Wednesday game previews.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC.

Reviewing Last Night/Previewing Tonight.

Last night it was pretty much everything we expected, with the only exception being a slightly closer score in the WOU/NDNU game, but we’re not concerned because experiment when you can.

UAF 77 @ Westminster 89

Little bit closer than we expected, but overall not a surprising result. Still some good numbers were put up by Fairbanks -although admittedly not by their starters.

Nook highlights: Spencer Sweet had 15 points and five fouls. Off the bench Shadeed Shabazz had 19 points and four steals; Jalon MacCullough had four assists; Keshaun Howard had nine points; Markel Banks had 12 points and seven boards; and Quinn Daughtary had five boards.

Curious about how quiet Mawich, OBG, and Alex Sommerfield was.

Regis 80 @ CU-Portland 49

Exactly zero percent surprising, but there were some positives.

Cavs highlights: DAKOTA AYALA had 10 points, six boards, and five fouls. Off the bench Russell Tillery had five assists; Bryce Cheney had four boards; and Dom Bradley had six points.

Seriously Cavs, this loss is no big deal; we’re guessing Regis outclasses our entire conference right now.

Notre Dame de Namur 80 vs. Western Oregon 91 @ CU-Portland

WOU led by one at the half; yikes. Approximately zero defense was played; also yikes. But does it affect the Wolves at all? Nope.

Wolves highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 12 points and six boards; Cameron Cranston had a full house including eight boards; Dalven Brushier had 15 points and eight assists; DARIUS LUBOM was absolutely killing it and finished with 20 points, six assists, and five steals among a full house of stats; John Morrill-Keeler had a double-double on good shooting with 19 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Zach Baugher had five points.

Congrats on procuring the win, Wolves.

Tonight’s games start in the midst of while we’re writing this post, because the conference listed times once again MAKE NO DARN SENSE. Tonight they list the UAF game as being at 5:30 and you would think after yesterday that would be 5:30 AST. Nope. 5:30 mountain. AKA 3:30 AST 🙄

All times pacific.

Alaska-Fairbanks vs. Dixie State @ Westminster @ 4:30pm

This actually could be a win for the Nooks because Dixie State has looked like a relative mess this year. We’re looking for Mawich Kachjaani, Alex Sommerfield, and Ousman Basir-Gomez Jr. to have bounce back games; if they do, a win could be more likely than you would think.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Regis vs. Western Oregon @ 5pm

Not the game Regis would like to be playing, and not the game even we expected WOU to be playing after last night’s questionable game against NDNU, but maybe the Wolves will bounce back a bit? They clearly have good players and overall in the scope of our conference we expect them to sit in the middle of the pack, but… We’ll see.

Prediction: Regis wins.

Notre Dame de Namur @ CU-Portland @ 7:15pm

This should be a good game. They both tend to sit in similar spots in regard to their conferences and thus they should be two decently well matched teams. The main difference is that NDNU exceeded expectations yesterday, so… Hopefully for CU-Portland, it was a fluke.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

We’ll be keeping an eye on things and see y’all tomorrow to see how they went.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC.


Previewing Today’s Games!

Goood morning and welcome to the third weekend of non-con. It’s not quite as intense as the past two weekends, but there are still three D2 games today, so… Here we go.

All times pacific.

Notre Dame de Namur vs. Western Oregon @ CU-Portland @ 5pm

NDNU is traditionally horrible and we doubt anything has changed, so… This game really ideally shouldn’t tell us much.

Prediction: WOU wins.

Alaska-Fairbanks @ Westminster (Utah) @ 6:30pm

Beware, the conference lists the game time as being Alaska standard time, which on the one hand is good, but on the other hand is simply confusing. We like when they list it local to where a team is playing, because then it’s standardized; this new listing the “local” time for the conference team involved is strange, especially when they’ve never done it that way before. If you say it’s listed as “local” time, we expect that “local” denotes the location of where the game is being played because otherwise how would that work in conference play? UAF plays at MSUB, do you list it as 7:30 MST or 5:30 AST? With how they’re doing it in non-con, it’s just as likely that it would be listed in AST.

Anyway, Wesminster appears to be pretty solid and UAF definitely doesn’t, so…

Prediction: Griffins win.

Regis (RMAC) @ CU-Portland @ 7:15pm

Historically Regis is good-to-great, and so although they’ve played few games this year, this will theoretically be a pretty tall order for Concordia. Good luck Cavs!

Prediction: Regis wins.

All for today, but we’ll see you guys tomorrow to find out how these games went and to preview those for Saturday.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!