It’s a few days later than it would usually go up, but… Let’s put it this way: We’re now acutely aware of why Grant Leep scheduled a 10 day break in the middle of November. The exhaustion is real and we’re not even playing.
Jumping into Saturday’s games…
San Marcos 88 vs. Fairbanks 75 @ Monterey Bay
They battled, Fairbanks took a lot of shots and came up short. Nothing particularly surprising on either side.
Shadeed Shabazz had 19 points; Alex Sommerfield had five fouls; and Mawich Kachjaani had 10 boards. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had five points; Zach Hatch had six points; and Markel Banks was on fire and finished with 13 points.
While a loss is unfortunate, at least the game looked fun?
Anchorage 81 @ Sonoma 69
The Seawolves won! No, but seriously: the GNAC Seawolves won, so nicely done Anchorage.
UAA highlights: Tyler Brimhall had six boards; Niko Bevens had 15 points; Tobin Karlberg had 11 points; and David Riley had five boards. Off the bench Amari Hale had nine points; Tyrus Hosley had nine points and five boards; Jack Macdonald had six assists and five points; and Oggie Pantovic had 10 points and six boards on great shooting.
Congrats to UAA on their road win.
Western Washington 80 vs. Azusa 90 @ CU-Irvine
Not a surprising result; Azusa Pacific has gone up against theoretically the best teams in the west Region (except UCSD) and won almost every game; they do have one loss to Cal State LA and we assume it falls into the “trap game” category. WWU was also missing Logan Schilder via Friday’s ankle roll.
Viking highlights: Tucker Eenigenburg had 10 points and five boards; D’Angelo Minnis had a full house; Jalen Green had seven boards; TREVOR JASINSKY had a whopping 30 points and six boards while shooting solid from the field AND going 13-14 from the line; CAMERON RETHERFORD started in place of Logan and had 18 points and five fouls; and off the bench Luke Lovelady had five boards.
The Vikings actually played really well, and despite the loss they looked a lot better than they did against CU-Irvine. The numbers are really solid and we know Azusa is a good team, so… This is a Quality Loss™.
Seattle Pacific 80 @ CU-Irvine 66
THE FALCONS GET THEIR FIRST WIN!!!! And it’s against the team that was projected to win the Pac-West. Except you know what they were projected on? Their transfers. As longtime GNAC blog readers know: Never count transfers until you see them play in-conference games.
Falcon highlights: HARRY CAVELL warmed up and had 14 points and six boards on great shooting; Divant’e Moffitt went 6-6 from the line and grabbed five boards; and FILIP FULLERTON had 16 points in just 19 minutes. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 14 points and five assists while going 8-8 from the line; and Sharif Khan had six points.
Arguably the most notable thing from this game is that at one point in the second half, the paint got crowded and a CU-Irvine player went down. He was rolling on the ground and most of the gym was rolling their eyes at the flopping, before the guy rolled over and blood covered half his face. No idea who did it; it wasn’t malicious, no fouls were shot, but somehow his head ended up bleeding and we’re guessing he’s in concussion protocol. Congrats to the Falcons on their win, and our thoughts are with the CU-Irvine player for a speedy recovery.
Saint Martin’s 71 @ Dixie State 75
On the one hand, the result isn’t good considering Dixie’s loss to an NAIA team. On the other hand, this SMU team is completely brand new and so… Does anything really matter until conference play? No. And even in that, this team is going to require the autobid and so as long as they’re in the top six by the end of the regular season, they’re fine.
Saints highlights: DEMONTE MALLOY had a whopping 26 points and nine boards; John Moore had nine boards; MARKY ADAMS had a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards; and off the bench Cole Alton 14 points and five boards.
Not a bad outing. Definitely could have won this game, but something tells us it’s not going to haunt them anyway, so… Fun to get so many shots up.
Colorado Christian 65 vs. Central Washington 70 @ NNU
HUGE COME-FROM-BEHIND-WIN for the Wildcats!! They were down 15 at the half.
Wildcat highlights: Gamaun Boykin had 12 points; Xavier Smith had 20 points; Matt Poquette had a full house among eight points and 11 boards; Tariq Woody had 12 points and five boards on good shooting. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had five points and four boards; Micah Pollard had seven points and six boards; and Marqus Gilson had six points and four boards.
Congrats to the Wildcats on a great win.
TAMU Kingsville 68 @ Northwest Nazarene 82
Nothing especially spectacular, the Nighthawks led the entire time.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had 12 points and four boards; Beto Diaz had 10 points and eight boards for the double-double; and George Reidy had a great game with 20 points on good shooting among a full house of stats. Off the bench Zeke Alley was on fire and had a flawless full house on great shooting to finish with 23 points; and Gabe Murphy had 11 boards.
Fun fact: Eva Longoria did her undergraduate work at TAMU Kingsville. Congrats to the Nighthawks on a great game.
MSUB 74 @ Minot State 83
Super competitive game, if not a victory.
Yellowjacket highlights: Psalm Maduakor had seven boards; Tyler Green had 14 points and seven boards; and BRENDAN HOWARD had 31 points and nine boards. Off the bench Chrishon Dixon and Sam Elliot both had nine points each on good shooting.
Definitely an ‘experience’ loss because the numbers aren’t bad; the Yellowjackets are just young.
Hilo 69 @ Western Oregon 74
Close game, but the Wolves pulled it out. It was their first real game of the year, so it honestly doesn’t mean much, but regardless a win is nice.
Wolves highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 16 points, five boards, and four steals among a full house of stats and 36 minutes played; Cameron Cranston had five fouls; DALVEN BRUSHIER had 21 points and five boards while going 6-7 from the line and playing a whopping 39 minutes; Darius Lubom had five fouls; and John Morrill-Keeler had nine boards to go along with 36 minutes played. Off the bench Tyreek Price had 11 points; and Zach Baugher had eight points and seven boards.
No idea what’s up with the sky high minutes, but they’re not typos; we checked. Congrats to the Wolves on a nice chance to get out and run.
Yes, it’s up late. Whoop-di-do, we’re back on our normal schedule now, and as such: game previews will be up on Friday morning.
Congrats to all teams on a great weekend of games.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!