AND WWU GOES DOWN!!!!!!!!!! Big congrats to SMU -we knew you could do it, we were literally wearing an SMU tee shirt yesterday because we believed in you guys so much.
Lots of fun games, really great night of basketball, so let’s talk about it!
CWU 99 @ NNU 89
Had we discussed this game beforehand it would have been a pick ’em and it honestly wasn’t; CWU was in control the whole time. A couple of guys went off and Khalil Shabazz was bumped to the bench but killed it, and so… We’ll be curious to see what the Wildcats do on Saturday. That said: it’s not who starts the game, but who finishes it.
Wildcat highlights: Jawan Stepney had 12 points; Jerome Bryant had five fouls; and Fuquan had yet another quiet game grabbing just seven boards. Off the bench was where the party truly started: Khalil had 21 points and six boards on great shooting; Sage Woodruff had 26 points; and Karsten Chaplik actually did something, scoring 12 points!
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 17 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 23 points and a full house on good shooting including being 6-6 from the line; and Maurice Jones had a solid game iwth 18 points and five boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj had eight points and five fouls; and Spider had 11 points and eight boards.
Not a bad game from NNU, but they were never in it, and… This is an underrated rivalry. A lot of the travel partner “rivalries” in the GNAC are forced; this one is one of them, with NNU’s actual rival being College of Idaho & CWU’s rival obviously being WWU, and yet… The Cenazar rivalry is growing. Usually we base it on “chaos that can possibly happen” this was an oddly chaotic result because on paper they’re very well matched and yet CWU has dominated NNU this year. Fun stuff.
MSUB 76 @ NNU 86
MSUB would get back with in a possession and then NNU would pour on the gas and go up by a lot again. The score is pretty accurate; we were never concerned that NNU would lose, but we were questioning why we thought MSUB could possibly win. Go figure. We love and believe in every team, even when we shouldn’t? Probably. But usually we’re still pretty good about living in reality.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had five boards; Zack Rollins had 27 points and five fouls; off the bench Kobe Tereshima had 10 points on good free throw shooting; Zharon Richmond had 14 points and four blocks; and Daniel Shedden had five points.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa continues his steadfast reliability with 13 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant started and had 20 points; Spider also started and had 11 boards; MAURICE JONES!!!!!!!!!! Still not as good of shooting as we’d prefer, but he did have a great game for anyone else, finishing with 22 points and fifteen boards among a full house; and off the bench Khalil Thompson had 12 points.
Congrats to the Nighthawks on a great performance -starting to turn up the heat at the right time; good luck to the Yellowjackets on bouncing back against the Wildcats.
CU-PDX 57 @ UAA 62
This was kind of a wacky game. Part of us in hindsight is like ‘we should have just straight-up predicted UAA to win’ because it was completely expected and at one point they led by 10 or so, but… The pace was a little odd. Much as we’re like “WE DON’T KNOW YOU!” about UAA, their response is “WE DON’T KNOW OURSELVES EITHER!” so it is what it is.
Cavalier highlights: Jarrett Gray had a good game with 13 points, six boards, and seven assists; Bryan Michaels had 15 points on solid shooting; Chris Edward had 12 points and nine boards; Taylor Harris had nine points; and off the bench Tyler Wells had four assists.
Seawolf highlights: DJ Ursery was on fire and finished wtih 20 points and six boards among a full house of stats; Jack Macdonald had eight points; nad off the bench Curtis Ryan had six points and six boards; while Josiah Wood had seven boards.
Concordia… Another game they had 4/4 players functioning and yet still couldn’t get the ‘W.’ And honestly: UAA’s numbers were terrible. So congrats to the Seawolves on the win.
SPU 80 @ SFU 81
We really should have made this game a pick ’em, but the fact is: SPU has zero excuse for losing. Yes, we get it: they’re down two starters, boo-frickety-hoo, it was one point and they still have a talent advantage over SFU even without those two starters. They should have won both games easily and yet they didn’t.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 13 points; Nikhil Lizotte had nine points; Nathan Streufert had a whopping 16 boards; and Gavin Long had 26 points and seven boards
Clan highlights: Kedar Salam went off with 35 points; Iziah Shermen-Newsome had six boards; Michael Provenzano had nine points; and Tyrell Lewin had five boards. Off the bench Othniel Spence had 12 points and a full house; while Jordan Muir-Keung had five points. Congrats to Alex Vranjes on logging 5 trillion; rarely do you see it go beyond three, so that’s impressive.
Congrats to the Clan on a nice pull-together win against a talented SPU team.
SMU 94 @ WWU 82
WE’RE SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! Not because we don’t love the Vikings, but because we also love the Saints a TON and we knew and wholeheartedly believed they could do it. Now, remember: ‘can’ and ‘will’ are two very different things and we also maintain that the Vikings are capable of blowing-out the Saints; they just didn’t. Another situation where WWU definitively has the talent advantage, and yet SMU got hot and worked together and got the win in Carver. And they got the win emphatically. We love it so much.
Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 23 points and seven boards; Matt Dahlen actually functioned as anticipated when he came into the program, finishing with 18 points, eight boards, six assists, among a full house of stats; Jordan Kitchen was on fire and finished with 11 points; Rhett Baerlocher had eight boards and five fouls; and EJ Boyce had six boards. Off the bench Jared Matthews had 13 points and four boards; BJ Standley had eight points; and Tavian Henderson had 12 points.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel did in fact bounce back with 22 points and five boards; Logan Schilder had nine points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had nine points and five fouls; and Daulton had a bit of a quiet night, finishing with a mere 13 points. Off the bench Brad Wallace lit up the team of his home residence, dropping 12 points and a smattering of field stats on great shooting; and Siaan Rojas had 11 points.
Great game from the Saints, but honestly not a bad game from the Vikings. On the bright side… The Vikings should now beat the pants off of SPU, we’re stoked to watch Daulton and hopefully Brett Kingma go off, and even if the the Falcons do manage to win they won’t have “streak-breaking” bragging rights.
WOU 81 @ UAF 54
Oh thank goodness, congrats to the Wolves on not overlooking the Nooks. What you’d be overlooking them to, we’re not entirely sure because UAA isn’t as good as they normally are this year… Maybe you’d be overlooking the Nooks to the next day’s practice? Hmmm.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 11 points; Tanner Omlid had eight points; Vince Boumann had 16 points and seven boards; and Riley Hawken had eight points and seven boards. Off the bench Dustin Triano had 13 points; and JJ Chirnside had seven points.
Nook highlights: Joe Lendway had 18 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Michael Kluting had 14 points and seven boards; and off the bench Jalon McCullough had six points.
Okay, this is admittedly a little bit hysterical because both teams put up completely pedestrian numbers and yet… WOU’s pedestrian numbers > UAF’s pedestrian numbers.
Fun night of basketball. We’re excited for Saturday’s games. Congrats to all on a great first night of the second half of conference play!