And the GNAC sweeps the day!
As noted: We really like(d) the team the Penguins (that is Dominican) had been putting forth and then… The Crusaders go and procure some strength of schedule!! Being wrong has never been so right. Actually, it was last year when we were wrong then about NNU too, so… We’re comfortable with being wrong in situations like this.
Dominican 81 @ Northwest Nazarene 88 in OT
Really, really good game. Tons of back and forth. Both teams ended up with 44 rebounds a piece, with DU holding just a slight edge in terms of turnovers; the Crusaders had 11 vs. the Penguins 9. Still, NNU pulled it out and we could not be more proud of them.
Highlights: Joel Devastey had five boards and 15 points; BOUNA had NINE BOARDS, THREE ASSISTS, one steal, SIX BLOCKS, three fouls, and 17 points for the full house; Nikola Pruvulj had five boards and 14 points; Detwon Rogers had five boards; Mike Wright played 44 out of 45 minutes (ouch), had five boards, six assists, and a whopping 26 points on not bad shooting. Off the bench: Marko Lepovic had four points and four boards.
Honestly, we didn’t get to watch this game -we simply followed along with the stats, but from what we gather NNU played some of their best defense. There was a good bit of questionable shooting on behalf of Dominican. While it’s a great victory to get and it definitely starts pushing the Crusaders into the conversation of 5-7 in the GNAC, the fact is we lean toward it saying more about Dominican than it does about NNU. It’s good to see that the Crusaders learned from their Alaskan expedition, but now let’s see them pummel CSULA.
Azusa Pacific 54 @ Seattle Pacific 71
SPU led by 14 or so throughout most of it. They started off with a 9-0 run, which was cool. They got more bench rotation than anyone anticipated, but it was such a highly anticipated game that they still didn’t want to rotate too much. Maybe the biggest parts of this game is to take a look at the Falcons’ defense and the Cougars’ ability to rebound. The Falcons missed a lot of them, which in a sense makes sense. If it had been closer, we feel like SPU would have been a bit more tenacious at the boards but because they led by 10+ for the vast majority maybe it didn’t seem as pressing. So that tells you that APU put forth a great effort, but SPU keeps chugging along.
Highlights: Bryce Leavitt had seven boards and 11 points; Gilles Dierickx had eight boards, four blocks, and 19 points; Mitch Penner had five boards and 16 points; Garrett Swanson had eight points. Off the bench Nathan Streufert had six points on 3/3 shooting; and Joe Rasmussen threw his weight around picking up four fouls in 12 minutes.
Overall a great day of basketball for the GNAC. Congrats to both the Falcons and Crusaders on a couple of well-earned victories over quality Pac-West foes.
Game day previews will be up tomorrow for NNU/CSULA and WOU/UCSD, and then we’ll go ahead and probably do POW on Wednesday because SFU, WWU, SPU, MSUB, and WOU all play a mere one D2 opponent this week and so it seems fair enough. With NNU, we’ll figure something out; whether it’s averages or just the best game is yet to be decided.