Hooooly goodness, what an insane night of games, let’s talk about them!
UAF 96 @ WWU 85
The score doesn’t tell the picture at all; WWU was leading for an insane amount of time, sometimes by 10+, sometimes by six, but they were maintaining the lead. UAF didn’t get it until just under 10 minutes left in the second half, but once they had it,f they didn’t let it go. On the one hand, we’re really confused, but on the other hand we’re not surprised at all.
Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 43 points, sex boards, seven assists, and four steals among a full house of stats; and Spencer Sweet had 18 points. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had six points; Marcus Lee recorded 7,000,000,000; Markel Banks had 13 points and eight boards; and Alex Sommerfield had eight points.
Viks highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had a good bounce-back game with 16 points; Logan Schilder had 19 points, five boards, and four blocks among a full house of stats; Jalen Green had 17 points and four boards; and Trevor Jasinsky had eight boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Siaan Rojas had 13 points and 10 assists for the double-double; and Cameron Retherford had five points.
Those numbers are hilarious. UAF didn’t do jack and still won, meanwhile WWU played pretty well and still lost. The teams were for the most part even, except… The better player with unselfish teammates won over the on-fire deeper team, which is honestly just confusing, but… Nicely done Nooks! Just a reminder: We’ve believed in you since early January.
UAA 81 @ SFU 92
Not the score/result we expected, but it’s a score and a result alright. UAA was in the lead for a while, then the Clan battled back with about 10 minutes left in the first, and then UAA went up again, and then SFU battled back, and the Clan came into the second half up by two, and never relinquished the lead.
Seawolf highlights: Tobin Karlberg had 17 points, four boards, five assists, and five fouls; and Jack Macdonald went 6-6 from the field (including 4-4 from three) and had 16 points. Off the bench Niko Bevens had 19 points; and Tyrus Hosley had 13 points, five boards, and four assists.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 14 points and seven boards; MIKE PROVENZANO FINALLY FOUND HIS SHOT and had 22 points; and Jas Singh had 10 points and nine boards. Off the bench David Penney had nine points and six boards; Drew Bryson shot well nad had 13 points; and Mike Hannan had eight points, three boards, and three rebounds.
Even though we wrote a post about it, we completely forgot that the Seawolves would be without Oggie Pantovic for this game. We will say that we find it stupid that if you get a USA or Canadian student VISA, it doesn’t at least let you spend 72 hours in the other country without applying for a VISA. And let’s be real here: the Seawolves 100% would have won had Oggie been eligible to play. While it’s true that good teams find a way to win and Julian Roche played terribly anyway… C’mon, it’s Oggie. UAA would have won.
WOU 82 @ SPU 83
HOOOOOLY GUACAMOLE. The Wolves went up by 10, then the Falcons went up by 20, and then the second half happened, and we had no idea what was happening. SPU was leading and then it was starting be less, and less, and LESS until the Wolves finally took the lead and the SPU guys seemed to go “oh shoot.” We don’t blame them; we believe in the Wolves and yet we were like “oh, the Wolves are off tonight, okay” and yet… The Wolves thought “Not okay. Absolutely not okay. We have more fans here, let’s do this.” And they almost did.
Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had a good game with 17 points; Dalven Brushier had 13 points and five boards; and Darius Lubom had 13 points. Off the bench EMANUEL GANT continues to impress with 19 points; and Riley Hamilton had four boards.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell finally was at least tepidly warm with 14 points and seven boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 18 points and five assists; Filip Fullerton finally functioned again with 13 points and five boards; and Shaw Anderson had 22 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had six points; and Mehdi El Mardi had four points.
The very end of this game was hysterical. Mehdi El Mardi ended up playing keep away with a few of the WOU players, literally just palming the ball over their heads. What’s especially funny is that Mehdi is way over-listed at 6’8; in reality, he’s probably 6’6.5, and yet… Apparently that half an inch made all the difference, because WOU had three guys listed at 6’6 in and yet they couldn’t get it. Insane game. Ridiculously proud of the Wolves for fighting back so hard and almost getting the ‘W.’ Congrats to the Falcons on a nail biter of a victory.
CU-PDX 83 @ SMU 72
AHAHAHA, welcome to the freaking GNAC. When you start having faith in a team and then it gets completely destroyed. Okay, they were next to each other in the standings, but… SMU had been looking so good! Apparently just the high of ‘we all we got, we all we need, because no Alex and no Demonte’ ended.
Cavs highlights: Xavier Smith went 8-9 from the line and had five steals; Dom Bradley had five baords; Hunter Sweet had five boards; and Dakota Ayala had 12 points and 11 boards. Off the bench Russell Tillery had 13 points; and Elroi Butler finally made noise again, with 18 points and nine boards.
Saints highlights: CJ Jennings had 24 points; Logan Rooney had 10 boards among a full house of stats; ALEX CLINTON made noise with 24 points; John Moore had 10 boards; and off the bench Marcus Lenker had six points.
So it appears that Dakota won the battle. Curious, because they are admittedly two of the better-ish bigs in the GNAC this year. Aside from Oggie, no other big has the consistency. Overall a pretty darn good match-up. Standings-wise, we don’t think either team is definitively out of the conference tournament quite yet, although it is getting close, so… We’ll see what the teams do tomorrow.
MSUB 56 @ CWU 67
We’re still not sure what we think of this year’s version of MSUB. Epitomizing conference parity? They’ve definitely had their moments, but unlike the above paragraph would have you believe: MSUB has to start winning or they are seriously going to be out of the conference tournament. It’s weird because there are seven teams in contention for five bids and all seven teams are insanely close and MSUB could be in that conversation, but as of late they’re just not. Yet they absolutely have the talent. We’ll see.
Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had eight boards; Zharon Richmond had nine boards; Tyler Green had 21 points; Brendan Howard had 20 points and eight boards; and Jordan Lehrer had five boards.
Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 10 points; Xavier Smith had eight boards; Kevin Baker had five boards; and Marqus Gilson had six boards. Off the bench JERYN LUCAS was absolutely on fire and had 27 points on 10-12 shooting, including a whopping 7-8 from three; and Matt Poquette had seven boards.
Geez louise! A whopping FOUR GAME swing for the Wildcats in the last two weeks. After looking like they were in SMU/CU-PDX land, they’re back in it in a BIG way with huge wins over SFU, WWU, NNU, and now MSUB. The bad news is that next week they’re in Alaska, but who knows? This insane turn around could continue. Nicely done Wildcats!
Insane night of basketball; we had a great time.
Game previews’ll be up in the AM.