Goood morning. Hooo boy, what a night of games on Thursday, and so let’s jump right in.
UAF 86 @ UAA 105
AGGRESSION!!!!!!!!!!!!! STUPID LITTLE BROTHER, DIE LITTLE BROTHER, DIE. That seemed to be UAA’s mindset after an incredibly irritating loss to NNU. Seemed like their MO was just run them into the ground, although the good news is that despite the ‘run them into the ground’ mindset, Shadeed at least had a solid shooting game for the Nooks.
Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 32 points, eight assists, and five steals; and Spencer Sweet had 12 points. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had seven points; Marcus Lee had 14 points; and Alex Sommerfield had seven points and five boards.
Seawolf highlights: Amari Hale had seven assists; Niko Bevens had 15 points; TOBIN KARLBERG bounced back and had six boards, seven assists, and 19 points among a full house of stats; JACK MACDONALD was back in the starting line-up and had six assists and 25 points on good shooting; OGGIE PANTOVIC had 24 points and 14 boards; and off the bench Tyrus Hosley had 13 had five boards.
Good to see UAA bounce back so well, but we still definitely believe in the Nooks and look forward to the return trip.
UAA 81 @ MSUB 80
This game was ABSOLUTELY insane. Loved it. We were following along with it throughout the SPU game and kept waiting for a team to break away, and neither did. MSUB absolutely could have had it at the end, but alas Oggie got the best of the incredible first Oggie/Brendan battle.
Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 11 points; Tobin Karlberg is back to normal and had 16 points and five steals among a full house of stats; and Oggie Pantovic had six boards, four assists, and sixteen points. Off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had six points; and Tyrus Hosley went 7-7 from the line and had six boards and four steals.
Jacket highlights: ZHARON RICHMOND had 25 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Tyler Green had 14 points, six boards, and six assists; Brendan Howard had 19 points; and off the bench Psalm Maduakor had six points and five boards.
Overall an insanely good game and it ultimately played out how we thought it would; ridiculously close, ridiculously well matched teams, but the deeper team won the day -barely, but with the on-the-road bonus.
SFU 80 @ SMU 69
SFU was never dominating, but SMU was also never threatening to win it. It was one of those borderline almost-comfortable-but-not-quite-comfortable-kinda-sorta games.
Clan highlights: Wil Balata had 21 points; Mike Provenzano continues to click into gear with 18 points; Jas Singh had five assists; Julian Roche had 15 points and five boards; and off the bench Corey Nzigamasabo had six points and five boards.
Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had 16 points; Demonte Malloy had 19 points and nine boards; John Moore had five boards; Marky Adams had eight points and 14 boards; and off the bench CJ Jennings had 15 points and four rebounds.
Honestly: SFU did not play well and didn’t put up the kind of numbers you would expect against the team that Saint Martin’s is this year. It’s good to see Mike Provenzano playing well, but… Wil Balata’s turnovers are inexcusable, Jas shooting so much while cold is inexcusable, this team doesn’t look like a team gearing up to try and make noise in the conference tournament; they look like a team content with making the conference tournament, and quite frankly: they should be expecting more of themselves.
WWU 65 @ SPU 74
It was comfortable for the Falcons for a while, and then they seemed to forget that Trevor Jasinsky exists and they started slacking and he started dominating and then the Falcons went “oh shoot,” and clamped down again. No idea what to make of this Falcons team… Western was trying and playing with effort; the Falcons were not, and quite frankly that’s a big problem for the conference as a whole.
Viking highlights: Jalen Green had 16 points and seven boards among a full house of stats; Trevor Jasinsky had 17 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Cameron Retherford had five points and five fouls; and off the bench Luke Lovelady shot well and had 10 points.
Falcon highlights: Divant’e Moffitt had 27 points and six boards; Gabe Colosimo had five boards; and Shaw Anderson had six boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had seven points and six boards among a full house of stats; and Jacob Medjo had five points and four boards.
We want to throttle the Falcons, but it is what it is. They got the win. Western didn’t look horrible; they actually looked pretty decent, the problem is that the Falcons did look bad. There was a bit of a storyline about how the Vikings didn’t have Logan Schilder, but… The Falcons didn’t have Gavin Long, so same dif.
CWU 65 @ CU-PDX 56
Another one of those games that was never far enough out of reach to be comfortable, while at the same time you never really thought Concordia was going to win.
Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 11 points; and MARQUS GILSON had 11 points and 15 boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 10 points; GAMAUN BOYKIN finally had a good game with 16 points, six boards, and five assists among a full house of stats; and Matt Poquette had seven points.
Cavs highlights: Caleb Larsen had 10 points; Hunter Sweet had 16 points and six boards; and Dakota Ayala had 10 points and five boards. Off the bench Russell Tillery had 11 points; and Dom Bradley had seven points.
The good news is that CWU played some of the best they’ve played this year and CU-Portland played ‘meh’ but they were still in it. That’s progress. The Wildcats did a good job shutting down Dakota, relatively, so we’re looking for the Wildcats to still be on the upward trajectory.
NNU 87 @ WOU 82
WHAT A HUGE FREAKING WIN, WAY TO GO NIGHTHAWKS!!!!!!! This game was nuts and as much as the Nighthawks were battling and battling well, we still felt like WOU was going to pull it out, because… The Wolves were at home, you know? And yet the Nighthawks triumphed and got the ‘W’ and it is HUGE. Okay, it’s not as huge as it could be, because there’s no hope of an at-large bid what-so-ever, but still big in terms of mental state and getting tough and all that good stuff.
Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz had five boards and nine points; Jayden Bezzant had 16 points; and Spider had 20 points and 10 boards for the double-double, while going 6-7 from the line. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had nine points; and Zeke Alley is starting to get consistent with 19 points and five boards.
Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 23 points and five boards; Cameron Cranston had 22 points and six boards; Dalven Brushier went 5-5 from the line; Darius Lubom had five assists; and off the bench Emanuel Gant continues to make noise with a full house among eight points, five boards, four assists, fie steals, and five blocks HOLY COW.
Insane game. We meant to do a ‘NightLights’ post largely just to highlight this game and the Billings game, but we fell asleep. We still really like the Wolves and really like how they’re coming together. Remember, NNU returns almost everything while WOU returned very little, so.. While the Nighthawks have been off, they absolutely have the personnel to be at the top of the conference.
Great night of hoops, game previews are coming at 2:30.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!