Conference Game Day #12!

We had a delightful time at the Women’s Liberation Front event at the Seattle Public Library. We felt like we were at a Cal football game when disruptive men in dresses were handcuffed and dragged out by police. But seriously: great speakers, definitely check them out, their work is bipartisan and incredibly important in helping maintain the integrity of women’s athletics and the right for women to compete fairly.

That said: we were keeping an eye on things and watched as the SMU/UAF game went down to the wire, as did the SFU/NNU game, and then CWU came up with a huge upset over rival WWU. Really compelling basketball, so… Let’s talk about it.

SFU 77 @ NNU 81

Great game, it was back and forth almost the whole way, and while it was perhaps a bit of an upset for SFU to keep it close, they returned literally everything, while NNU did in fact lose their best player and yet… Finally the Nighthawks are stepping up and we are loving it. We knew you could play this way Nighthawks, we knew it!

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had five boards; Wil Balata had 18 points and six boards; Jas Singh had 13 points; and Julian Roche had 14 boards and nine points while playing 30 minutes -he usually plays around 20 at most, so that’s big. Off the bench Graham Miller had five points; and Drew Bryson had eight points.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had 11 points; BETO DIAZ had 24 pionts and seven boards on good shooting; George Reidy had six boards; Jayden Bezzant had six assists; and Spider Adentunji had 21 points and 12 boards for the double-double. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had five assists; and Zeke Alley had 12 points.

Really excited about the numbers put up by the Clan, and seeing them survive despite Jayden having a really off night is awesome. Great teamwork there. Also super great to see Spider playing higher minutes than normal -he’d been another big that had been pretty limited. Super happy about the trajectory the Nighthawks are on and excited to hopefully see it continue building as they enter into travel partner weak against a similarly upward trajectoried Wildcat team.

WWU 60 @ CWU 82

Speaking of the upward trajectory the Wildcats are on… We’re usually the first to point out that rivalry game scores are moot for good and for bad, but… This one feels a little different. Much like Thursday, this was never a game for the Vikings. Ever. They were down by a lot through most of the first half. The big difference was the Wildcats; they learned and managed to grow and then hold onto their lead. These are trends both teams were showing and so… While this is the GNAC and nothing really means anything, we don’t think this game was simple rivalry game magic.

Viking highlights: Logan Schilder had 10 points and seven boards; Jalen Green had 12 points and five fouls; and Trevor Jasinsky had five boards. Off the bench RJ Secrest had seven points; and Cameron Retherford had 11 points and six boards.

Wildcat highlights: XAVIER SMITH had a crazy good game with 25 points on great shooting and while going 8-8 from the line; Kevin Baker had seven boards among a full house of stats; and Marqus Gilson had 10 points and five boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 12 points and five boards; Gamaun Boykin had seven points, five boards, three assists, and three steals; Matt Poquette had seven points and five boards; and Micah Pollard had eight points.

Really great team effort from the Wildcats, and… What were the Vikings doing? Like seriously, what on earth were they doing? They host the Alaska schools this coming week, so… Good luck with that. Congrats Wildcats!! You take on a hot NNU team on Tuesday and so… We’ll see what happens.

SPU 79 @ UAA 73

Pretty back-and-forth games. There were a few instances where the Falcons would break it open, but UAA never backed down and kept fighting, going onto make some really great halftime adjustments that seemed to kick in right when they needed them. We started following this game just as the Seawolves started making their run a little bit less than mid-way through the second half, and… It was tense. Really clutch shots were made. Not the result they wanted, but experience was definitely gained and we have full confidence in the Seawolves getting the sweep of the North schools this weekend.

Falcon highlights:Harry Cavell had five boards and seven assists; Divant’e Moffit had 12 points; Filip Fullerton had 10 points and five boards; and Shaw Anderson had 19 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 13 points, six boards, and seven assists; Sharif Khan had six points; and Mehdi El Mardi had 10 points and five fouls in just 14 minutes.

Seawolf highlights: Amari Hale had six assists; Tobin Karlberg had 17 points; and Oggie Pantovic had 21 points, 12 boards, and five fouls among a full house of stats. Off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had four boards and five assists; and Tyrus Hosley had 17 points.

According to the stat sheet the Seawolves did an incredible job forcing Divan’te Moffitt into a bazillion turnovers, while the Falcons got incredibly lucky with Deandre Osuigwe going 0-8, Niko Bevens going 2-10, Jack Macdonald going 2-8. We get that the Falcons are a relatively good defensive team, but… Yeah no, that’s not skill, that’s luck. Still ridiculously pleased with the Seawolves, they’ve been gaining experience and learning throughout the season and it’s showing. Congrats to the Falcons on the bounce-back win.

SMU 81 @ UAF 75

NICELY DONE SAINTS!!!!!!! This is a big, bordering on huge win in context in regard to finally gelling, and… Somehow we missed that it’s not just Demonte Malloy that’s been out; it’s Alex Schumacher too, and honestly, we get that Saints fans love him, but Alex plays such a selfish version of basketball that it’s not particularly surprising to us that you’re now winning without him.

Saints highlights: CJ Jennings had 16 points; Logan Rooney had 12 points, si xboards, and four assists among a full house of stats; John Moore had 14 points; and Marky Adams had seven boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Marcus Lenker had 19 points and six boards; and Caden Smith had nine points.

Nooks highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 29 points and seven steals while going 7-8 from the line; and Koby Huerta had five assists, five fouls, and nine points. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had five points; Markel Banks had six points and eight boards; and Alex Sommerfield had 14 points and 10 boards for the double-double.

The Saints did what needed to be done, despite turnovers bieng a little on the high side. Literally 6/7 available players were productive and all worked well together. We love the display of teamwork. We’re theoretically going to get to watch this transformed Saints team next Saturday and are definitely looking forward to it. Great effort from the Nooks, we look forward to you bouncing back and getting a sweep over the North schools =)

WOU 98 @ MSUB 75

Not a particularly surprising score. It was close for a long while before the Wolves broke it open in the second half. Two guys can only do so much, while WOU had their usual six deep working really cohesively. Not sure entirely what we’re thinking in regard to WOU and MSUB and how they project going forward into this second half of the season, but… We shall see.

Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 13 points among a full house of stats; CAMERON CRANSTON had 29 points and five boards on solid shooting; Dalven Brushier had 15 points, five boards, and four assists; Darius Lubom had 12 points, six boards, and seven assists; John Morrill-Keeler had five boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Emanuel Gant had 17 points and five boards among a full house of stats.

Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond came back down to earth but still had 12 points and seven boards; Tyler Green had 22 points while going 5-5 from the line; and Brendan Howard had 21 points. Off the bench Clarance Daniels had four boards; and Psalm Maduakour had 10 boards and five points.

Really complete, team oriented performance by the Wolves. Ridiculously pleased with that -exactly what they need as they get ready to come into RBP and take on the Falcons on Thursday; should be a really good game. The Yellowjackets are facing the East schools this week, so… Couple of red hot teams. Good luck MSUB.

Great night of games, we meant to go through and do kind of a mid-season analysis of all three conferences last week, and so that’s what we’re doing today. It should be up on Tuesday. Player-of-the-week will be up tomorrow.

Big week of games ahead of us with the Alaska schools taking on the North schools, the Oregons coming up to Puget Sound, and all three East schools taking on each other -CWU and NNU are both on fire so Tuesday’s game should be a battle for the ages.

Congrats to all on a great weekend of games well played.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!