Good morning! What a night of games we had and so let’s jump right in.
SFU 74 @ UAF 80
That score looks way closer than it was. For the most part UAF was leading by 10+. Are we surprised? Not really. While we liked the Clan last year, they’ve regressed despite returning everyone. The Nooks have been looking really good and you mix that with home court advantage and you get a result like this. That said: SFU did all they could there at the end to make game of it and they did get closer.
Clan highlights: Mike Provenzano had a full house; Jasdeep Singh went 9-10 from the line, had a full house, and picked up eight boards; and Julian Roche had six boards and 10 points in limited minutes (no foul trouble). Off the bench Matt Kiatipis had a whopping 11 points in five minutes on great shooting; and Mike Hannan had seven points and five boards.
Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz was back with a vengeance, picking up 30 points and six steals while going a whopping 10-10 from the line; Spencer Sweet was better than ever, scoring 23 points, grabbing eight boards, and procuring five steals; Koby Huerta shot well and had 12 points; and ff the bench Markel Banks had four boards and four steals.
Honestly: We have no idea what was up with SFU because the numbers are complete trash. While we think UAF is good, SFU was clearly have a very, very off night. One interesting note of the match-up is that UAF barely used Mawich at all; we’re assuming it’s because Julian Roche outweighs him by 30lbs and it’s not worth the risk, but interesting strategy nonetheless. Congrats to the Nooks on a convincing victory.
WWU 74 @ UAA 70
Great game. Just as you would see the Vikings walking up, UAA would come right back. Definitely a heartbreaking loss for the Seawolves, but… All the more reason to avenge it later in the season on their return trip to Carver.
Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 16 points, five boards, and five assists; Siaan Rojas had seven boards; LOGAN SCHILDER had 17 points and a whopping 14 rebounds; Jalen Green had 14 points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 11 points, six boards, and five assists; and off the bench RJ Secrest had seven points while going 5-6 from the line.
Seawolf highlights: NIko Bevens had 12 points; and Jack Macdonald had 13 points. Off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had eight points, nine assists, and six boards; Tyler Brimhall had 15 points and nine boards; and Oggie Pantovic had 16 points and four boards.
UAA continues to mess with their starting line, we really think they should take heart from this loss; WWU played as well as they have all year, their numbers were all fantastic, and yet the Seawolves still only lost by four. That says good things and it says that WWU is definitely beatable by UAA, so… Congrats to the Viks on their victory and a great game to all.
SPU 80 @ CU-PDX 55
Interesting game, interesting atmosphere. Props to the Concordia fans; every time their team would hit a shot, the reaction was that the shot was to take the lead, despite the fact that it definitely was not. That said, it was close for a bit, and then SPU’s Gavin Long went down and we were like “oh, maybe this is going to be really competitive” but nope. Somehow you take out SPU’s senior leader and arguable best player and… They still win by 25 because of course they do; not even we were expecting that.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had six boards among a full house of stats; Divant’e Moffitt had six boards; Filip Fullerton had six boards; Shaw Anderson had 11 points; and despite playing only six minutes, Gavin Long had nine points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had eight points; Mehdi El Mardi had four boards; Jacob Medjo had four boards and six points; and GABE COLOSIMO had 17 points.
Cavs highlights: Xavier Smith had 17 points; Hunter Sweet had 10 points and five boards; and Dakota Ayala had a whopping 13 boards. Off the bench Brendan Ritschard had eight points; Isaac Morrow had five points; and Caleb Larsen had five points.
Honestly: The Falcons numbers confuse us just a bit, because really… No one played especially well, with the exception of Gabe Colosimo and the brief appearance of Gavin Long. It was a full team effort that ended in the throttling of Concordia, but Concordia actually did a really good job in defending the Falcons. Dakota Ayala also didn’t break his face at any point, which last year it seemed like every game he did, so that’s exciting too. While it was a loss for the Cavs by 25… It didn’t feel that way, it felt closer, so we’ll continue pondering them. Perhaps as the experience is gained throughout the season they’ll get a bit hotter.
SMU 73 @ WOU 108
Good lord. It seems like SMU is regressing, although… The numbers aren’t bad, so maybe WOU is just maturing and getting into super power mode. We’d be good with that. That said, the Wolves “only” won by 35, so as much as the three digits makes it look insane, it’s not like the Saints lost by 50. Bright side.
Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had 14 points; Demonte Molloy had 13 points and five fouls; CJ Jennings had six boards and five fouls; and Marky Adams had a quiet night for Marky with 11 points and six boards. Off the bench Logan Rooney had 11 points; and Caden Smith had six points.
Wolves highlights: Cameron Cranston had 16 points among six boards and four steals; DALVEN BRUSHIER had an insane 37 points and six assists; and Darius Lubom had 14 points and eight boards. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 11 points; Antonio Salinas had six points; and Zach Baugher had five points and four boards.
The Saints had a whopping 27 turnovers, what the heck? Nice harassment, WOU. While we’ve been thinking WOU is good and will contend for an at-large, we still don’t think the Saints are truly as bad as this loss makes them look. We’re not sure where they fall, but still probably mid-GNAC-ish? CWU and Concordia below them and then we’ll see how they match-up with MSUB next week, which should be interesting. Congrats to the Wolves on a dominating win.
CWU 72 @ NNU 70
!!!!!!!!! Nicely done CWU, and at NNU of all places; NNU is hard to play at. It was back and forth all game and then CWU clinched it. We would call it a huge victory in regard to CWU finally getting over the hump, but also not term it as a huge loss for NNU; it was close and CWU is going to beat some teams. The Nighthawks can get revenge on the return trip.
Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 13 poitns and six boards; Xavier Smith had 10 points; and KEVIN BAKER had 22 points and six boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 11 points; Gamaun Boykin had six points; and Matt Poquette had four boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had 11 points; George Reidy went 4-5 from the line; and Spider had 10 points and nine boards. Off the bench ZEKE ALLEY had 18 points; and Jayden Bezzant had 10 boards and five assists.
Weird starting line-ups for both teams and arguably for both it worked. It seemed like a very molasses-y game and in the case of the Wildcats we’ll be curious to see what they do against MSUB. In the case of the Nighthawks… Here’s what they did against MSUB:
NNU 85 @ MSUB 72
Close-ish game, but never got super dicey, so that’s a nice win for NNU. We had it as a pick ’em, but… One guy can’t do it all. We love you Brendan!
Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz was back in form and had 19 points and five boards; George Reidy had a full house among 11 points; Jayden Bezzant was back in the starting line-up and had 14 points and seven boards; and off the bench ZEKE ALLEY had a whopping 27 points including being 4-4 from three.
Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond finally had a good game with 17 points; TYLER GREEN had 19 points; Brendan Howard had 22 points and seven boards; and off the bench Psalm Maduakor had four boards.
Really good match-up overall, nice to see NNU bounce back. This’ll be another game in the second half that we’ll be excited to see what happens. Not a ton say about ti through simply because it was a matter of NNU having more talent than MSUB straight-up.
Great night of games. We’re convinced that the floor under the basket in front of Concordia’s bench is cursed; three guys got injured in that area last night, two Falcons, one Cavalier, so… Beware of that when you go there. We’re not even convinced it’s anything CU-PDX facilities could fix; it’s just simply cursed. Is what it is.
Tomorrow’s game day previews will be up in the AM.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!