Let’s jump right in…
WWU 100 @ MSUB 91
WWU went up by a lot but MSUB stayed in it and kept battling. There were several times when it looked completely out of reach, but also several times when it looked mildly dicey. As great as the Vikings are, they are a young team and so letting off the gas a little bit too much does make sense, but… Good learning and grinding game, as we expected.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel was on fire and finished a perfect 9-9 from the line along with eight boards, five steals, and 26 points among a full house; Deandre Dickson had 16 points and five boards; Trevor Jasinsky was more offensive than normal and scored 12 points along with picking up five fouls; Daulton Hommes played 40 full minutes and had nine boards and 17 points among a full house. Off the bench Brett Kingma finally did something and had 10 points; and Siaan Rojas continues to fulfill the definition of “solid” finishing with 13 points.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham again decided to sort of function, scoring 16 points but not having any field stats; Zharon Richmond had 20 points and six boards; and Zack Rollins made noise with 17 points, six boards, and four assists. Off the bench Kobe Tereshima had a great night, going 7-9 and being perfect from the line to ultimately score 20 points and grab six boards on top of it; and Kamal Tall scored seven points.
Nicely done MSUB, continuing to play and attempt to make a game out of it, despite going down by 20+ at one point. Again: great job to the Vikings for taking care of business.
UAA 78 @ NNU 79 in OT
Ouch. Poor UAA. Yet another game that went to OT and they lost. Growing pains. You’re still coming together so nicely Seawolves! Congrats to the Nighthawks on never giving up -it was looking like UAA was going to win, but NNU made the shots and forced overtime and ultimately came away with the ‘W.’
Seawolf highlights: Jack Macdonald had five boards and 15 points; and Brian Pearson had 19 points, 10 boards, and six blocks among a full house. Off the bench Malik Clements had 19 points on great shooting; and DJ Ursery had six points, five boards, and five assists.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa continues to impress with 27 points; Sam Roth had six boards; Marko Lepovic had five boards; and Jayden Bezzant had 25 points. Off the bench Felix White had six boards and six points; and Spider Adetunki had five boards.
Really good teamwork from the Nighthawks. As we always say: teamwork makes the dream work!
UAF 86 @ CWU 83
This game was super fun, if not a little odd. Initially CWU was owning it and it was like “okay, the Wildcats are gonna roll.” Oh no, no, no. It was close for a super long time and then UAF broke it open, despite constantly losing the rebounding battle, which was disturbing. Joe Lendway has some of the flattest feet we’ve ever seen. CWU never felt down and out and as UAF turned off the gas, CWU kept the pedal to the metal and hit a bunch of threes down the stretch including one at the buzzer. If there had been even a minute more, they would have won. Go figure.
Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 22 points including going 6-6 from the line; Davis Kimball had 18 points and six boards; Tre Eisenhut had 14 points; Joe Lendway had six boards; and Michael Kluting had 11 points and 10 boards for the double-double. Off the bench Amenofis Mitchell had eight points; and Donny Wilder had eight points, six boards, and six assists.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz actually functioned again finally and had 25 points and seven assists; Malik Montoya had seven boards and four assists; and off the bench Sage Woodruff had eight points; and Coleman Sparling had seven boards.
Thems are some nasty numbers Wildcats, Fuquan was kept quiet, but we’re not sure if it was the Nooks that did it or if he was just having an off night. The Nooks were aggressive, but… Eh. Inconclusive. Congrats to UAF on pulling out the win.
CU-PDX 62 @ SMU 75
The score pretty much tells the story. CU-Portland hung around for a while, but by probably ten minutes left in the first SMU went up and that was all she wrote. Great job to the Saints on continuing to push through. Learning game! Yay!
Cavalier highlights: Bryan Michaels had 13 points including going 7-8 from the line; Chris Edward had 12 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Hunter Sweet started and had 20 points including going 8-8 from the line; and off the bench Jace Cates had five boards and five points.
Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had 10 points and six boards; EJ Boyce bounced back and had 14 points and seven boards; and Luke Chavez had an off night but still had six boards and five assists. Off the bench Jared Matthews had five boards and nine points; BJ Standley had 10 points; and Tavian Henderson had 12 points and six boards.
Not much to say except keep keeping on Cavs, and keep grinding Saints.
WOU 83 @ SPU 79
Good lord does that score not tell the whole picture. It was close, then WOU started walking, then SPU said ‘oh no no’ and then it was close for a while and then WOU walked it back up again and then SPU said ‘oh no no’ again, and then… The final score. We’re kind of disappointed in WOU because seriously?! Laying off against SPU? C’mon men, you know better than that.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 20 points, nine boards, and a full house; Ali had 10 points; and Riley Hawken had 20 points and five boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had five points; Janvier Alaby had seven points; and JJ Chirnside had 13 points and four boards.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had nine points and eight boards; Nathan Steufert had 10 points, five boards, and five fouls; and Gavin Long had 11 points and went 5-6 from the line. Off the bench Braden Olsen had seven points; Harry Cavell had 13 points and five boards; and Hunter Eisenhower had five points.
Honestly: We’re really displeased with the numbers of both of these teams. It’s not a matter of “oh, both teams are good, so the numbers are bad,” no, it’s a matter of both teams making a bunch of stupid decisions. It is what it is.
Fun night of basketball. Largely the epitome of the mid-season grind. Congrats to all on battles well fought.