We were going to blog last night, but then we didn’t, and yet we woke up this morning excited to tell you all about what happened AND already longing for Thursday and our trek down to Portland. Life is good. And the games last night were interesting, so let’s talk about them.
UAF 68 @ SPU 86
So yesterday when we did our preview, we didn’t discuss SPU at all because we feel like we’re too close to the situation. As much as we still love Fairbanks and think they’re a great team, we think SPU is decently unique in their ability to counteract the Nanooks. Much as the Nooks have a bunch of different guys that can be relied upon, so too do the Falcons, and so it didn’t matter how UAF rotated, someone on the SPU team was ready to play lock down D.
Nanook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz went 9-9 from the line; Spencer Sweet had nine points; Quinn Daugharty had five boards; and Koby Huerta had 14 points. Off the bench Zach Hatch had five points; and Alex Sommerfield had 17 points and five boards.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 10 boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 14 points and five assists; SHAW ANDERSON had 33 points and nine boards; Gavin Long had 14 points and seven boards; and off the bench Gabe Colosimo had six points.
While not much bench play was credited to the Falcons, Jacob Medjo did play some insanely critical minutes against Mawich Kachjaani, and that was a great match-up. Mawich is tiny and seems like he could be prone to getting guys in foul trouble, but in this case Jacob Medjo is just as tiny and so they were battling in the paint in their insanely long but insanely tiny bodies and it was AMAZING.
UAA 96 @ SMU 57
This was never a game, ever. Honestly, we dislike the Saints new court so much and we’re kind of wondering if it’s a point of aggravation that works against them. The court is so obnoxious that everyone just wants to get in and get the heck out. All that said, the Seawolves starting line-up was back to normal, so that was semi-exciting too.
Seawolf highlights: Tyler Brimhall had 10 points and six boards; and Niko Bevens had 23 points and seven boards. Off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had five points, five steals, and five assists; Tyrus Hosley had 18 points; Tobin Karlberg had 14 points; Keegan Crosby had four boards; and Oggie Pantovic had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards on good-to-great shooting.
Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had five boards; CJ Jennings had 23 points; and John Moore had nine points.
It was an absolute blow-out, so not a ton to write home about, but… Some interesting contemplations in regard to the conference round robin with regard to SMU killing NNU before getting killed by UAA. We’ll see what comes of it.
CWU 57 @ SFU 75
Not gonna lie, SFU was killing CWU and so we turned off the game for a while, but then ultimately clicked back just out of curiosity and sure enough, the score was 34-33 Clan at halftime. CWU made a fight of it for a good bit, but… Simon Fraser is definitely a second half team and that was that.
Wildcat highlights: Xavier Smith had 11 points; Kevin Baker had 13 points and five boards; and Matt Poquette had nine points. Off the bench Marqus Gilson had eight points; and Tariq Woody had seven points and five boards.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had five boards; Jasdeep Singh had five assists; Julian Roche had 17 points and 11 boards for the double-double among a full house of stats; and Mike Hannan started in place of Wil Balata and had nine points among a full house of stats. Off the bench David Penney had seven points among a smattering of field stats; Wil Balata went 8-11 from the line and finished with 12 points and six boards; and Drew Bryson had five points.
We like Wil coming off the bench. Mike Hannan is the better all around player, while Wil is more of a shooter, but the starting line-up already has so many shooters that it seems like overkill. Having Mike Hannan in there as a person that absolutely doesn’t need the ball the way Wil does worked out fantastically; having Wil also gave wayyy more juice to the second unit, so we really like the move. Not sure what this game really implies, but definitely a good chance for the Clan to go out and run before heading up to the always difficult Alaska schools next week.
NNU 59 @ WWU 84
This was never a game. Ever. The Vikings came out and dominated, which is leading us to think that it’s athleticism that kills the Nighthawks. It wasn’t like WWU was playing out of their minds; the numbers are pretty normal, but… The Nighthawks just couldn’t get anything together. And this was while playing in Carver while students were gone. We can only imagine what the score would have been like if the students were there. Count your blessings Nighthawks.
Nighthawk highlights: Jayden Bezzant had five assists. Off the bench Zeke Alley had 15 points and five boards; while Gabe Murphy had seven boards.
Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had six assists; SIAAN ROJAS had 15 points and 11 boards; Logan Schilder had 13 points among a smattering of field stats; Jalen Green had 17 points and seven boards among a flawless full house; Trevor Jasinsky had 10 points and five boards, also among a full house of stats; and off the bench Cameron Retherford had 13 points.
We’ll be curious to see the Nighthawks bounce back; they have a good opportunity on Tuesday when they host the Wildcats. WWU is now on a 2-0 streak as they get ready to head up to face what appear to be decently formidable Alaska schools, so that should be good.
MSUB 85 @ CU-PDX 73
About what we expected. Billings won comfortably, but it was by no means a blow-out, and CU-Portland put up better numbers than they have in any other game this season.
Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had 17 points and six boards; Zharon Richmond had 11 points, five boards, and five fouls; Tyler Green had five boards; and Brendan Howard had a bit of an off game with 20 points and eight boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had six points and six boards; and Psalm Maduakor had 15 points and eight boards.
Cavs highlights: Russell Tillery had 15 points; Xavier Smith had 11 points; Hunter Sweet had seven boards; and Dakota Ayala had 25 points and nine boards.
We like a lot of the numbers put up by both teams, it’s just hard to take them seriously because the numbers are so different from what these two teams have put up against any other teams. Billings is facing CWU and NNU this week, while CU-Portland will face the Puget Sound schools, so… We’ll see what happens.
There’s a lot of really curious results and implications now that we have two weeks of conference play under our belts. We also want to check in with the other two conferences and see what’s going on there. Non-con suggested that it’s the CCAA, then the GNAC, then the Pac-West, but… We’ll see. This coming week is another week of super interesting games, so… Lots on the horizon.
We’ll see you all tomorrow morning for Player-of-the-Week nominations and winner, and then hopefully mid-week for the first ‘Discussions’ post we’ll have had reason to write in a few years.
Congrats to all on a great weekend of games.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!