We didn’t bother to preview these games, but we are going to talk about them and it’s going to be great!
WOU 80 @ Tarleton State 72
Tarleton is a traditional power in the Lonestar Conference, which is the South Central regional, same as the RMAC. Theoretically it helps our strength of schedule slightly, but we’re still not convinced that anything outside of the West Region itself truly matters -the sample size is just too small. Still, losing this game would have been a big deal because it makes the entire region look weak, so it’s a good win especially for the GNAC.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had five boards; Demetrius Trammell had 16 points on 4-4 shooting from the line; Tanner Omlid had 15 points, six boards, four assists, and three blocks; BRANDELL EVANS started and didn’t do much, but it’s still exciting to see him crack the starting line-up -he’s been great off the bench; Vince Boumann had 14 points and six rebounds among a full house of stats. Off the bench Riley Hawken had seven points and seven boards; and JJ Chirnside had 10 points and four boards.
Lots of guys ended up with four fouls, but the Wolves got through it and pulled out the ‘W.’ Nicely done WOU!!
Cal State East Bay 80 @ WWU 76
We honestly expected East Bay to lose by 20 or so, but this result is very mixed because quite frankly it helps no one. It just makes the West Region look weak because a couple of mediocre MSUB & SPU teams were able to beat CSUEB at home, and then East Bay comes up here and beats Western, whom just beat WOU. Now Western will go play some completely out of region teams, but because they’ve already lost three games, if they win it’s whatever but if they lose the entire Region looks worse. Fun.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had five assists; Logan Schilder had eight points and nine boards; and Deandre Dickson had 12 boards and was 8-9 from the line. Off the bench Brett Kingma had 11 points on 3-5 shooting from beyond the arc; and Siaan Rojas had 12 points.
Congrats to the Pioneers on a nice win and good luck to the Vikings in their upcoming games in Hawaii.
Prediction for the CWU vs. MSUB game: Pick ’em. MSUB has a great home hive advantage, the two teams should be relatively well matched, but… We think CWU has more talent, while MSUB tends to work together a bit more cohesively, so it should be interesting.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!