Goood morning. We had a simply marvelous night of games, and so… Let’s talk about them.
UAF 87 @ SFU 85
SFU was actually leading for quite a while and we were like “Wow, SFU is being really impressive,” and yet… The Nooks have learned how to win together. And at the end we were like “There’s no hope, Simon Fraser is down seven with a minute left,” and yet the Clan got it to within two. They couldn’t close the deal, but… It was still impressive. We’ll be curious to see what they do at the Oregons.
Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 37 points, eight boards, and six assists among a full house of stats; Spencer Sweet had 18 points; Alex Sommerfield started and had 14 points; and off the bench Markel Banks had nine points.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 24 points; Wil Balata shot well and had 19 points and five boards; Mike Provenzano had 12 points and six assists; and Jas Singh had 13 points and seven boards among a full house of stats.
Did not having Mawich matter to the Nooks? Honestly not really. We haven’t seen the powerful performances he had earlier in the season in quite a while. You can’t really do the feed-the-big thing with him unless he’s matched up with a big that’s similarly lacking in weight, so tip-off and then play small seems to be the MO of the Nooks. Both teams shot north of 50% and there were minimal rebounds, and so… Defense? What’s that? Fun game though. There’s no way to predict who’ll match-up in the conference tournament, but this game would be a fun rematch. Congrats to the Nooks on pulling out the win, and congrats to the Clan on battling well.
UAA 81 @ WWU 85 in OT
This game was amazing. Back and forth the whole way. Oggie playing major minutes. No Tyler Brimhall, so not sure what’s up with that. We still have no idea what to make of this WWU team, but… This victory was critical, and so it’s good they got it. Little bit disappointed on UAA’s behalf, but oh well. They gave it everything they had. Good teams find a way to win, regardless of injuries, and so… The grind continues.
Seawolf highlights: Tyrus Hosley started and had eight boards; Tobin Karlberg continues to impress with 20 points and seven boards; Oggie Pantovic had 33 points and 12 boards, while going 7-9 from the line; and off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had six points and four boards.
Viks highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 22 points; Siaan Rojas was back in the starting line-up and had 10 points, five boards, and five fouls; LOGAN SCHILDER had 17 points, 15 boards, eight blocks, and five fouls amongst a full house of stats; Jalen Green had 17 points and nine boards among a full house of stats; Trevor Jasinsky had five boards; and off the bench Cameron Retherford had 10 points.
WWU was playing without Luke Lovelady, which is curious, and while not the most critical, ending the skid was huge, especially considering they head down to the Oregons this week and WOU should be quite the battle. UAA is hosting the red hot East schools, so we’ll see how that goes. Great game played by all, exciting to see Logan finally dominating.
MSUB 80 @ NNU 88
Don’t let the final score fool you; this wasn’t a game. NNU was in control the whole time. While we’re not ready to write off MSUB just yet… This game does have some major implications. The Jackets are now 4-10 in conference and take on the Puget Sound schools this week, the Alaskas the week after, and then end the season with the Oregons.
Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had five assists; Zharon Richmond had 15 points; and Brendan Howard had 17 points and five boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had 12 points among a flawless full house of stats; Psalm Maduakour went 6-6 from the line and had five boards; and Jordan Lehrer had 13 points.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had five boards; Beto Diaz had 11 points; George Reidy went 5-5 from the line and grabbed five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 24 points; and Spider Adentunji had 12 points and 13 boards among a flawless full house of stats. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had nine points; Zeke Alley had 18 points among a full house of stats; and Gabe Murphy had six boards.
Not sure what’s up with Sam Roth; having a bit of a slumping year. The good news is that he’s only a junior, and usually GNAC guys peak junior year, so this could be setting him up to have a great senior year. Good to see Jayden Bezzant finally getting his legs back under him. The Nighthawks continue to look better and better, so… We’ll see what happens this week in Alaska.
CU-PDX 55 @ SPU 91
Those games that you realize you’ve watched the whole time and yet you have no idea what went on. Not gonna lie; the Falcons were only up by 14 at halftime and we were a little concerned, but… Ended by 36, which is much more acceptable. We still don’t know what they’re doing though, that’s what makes it hard.
Cavs highlights: Dom Bradley had 15 points; and Dakota Ayala had five boards. Off the bench David Wheeler had six points; Dylan Sullivan had five points; and Elroi Butler had five boards.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 17 points, nine boards, and five assists; Divant’e Moffitt had 19 points and five assists; Filip Fullerton had 11 points and eight boards; and Shaw Anderson had 14 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 12 points and four boards; Sharif Khan had six points; Mehdi El Mardi had seven points and four boards; and Jacob Medjo had five points.
On the one hand, maybe the Falcons did an okay job shutting down Dakota, but on the other hand, Rhodes only played him 20 minutes, which was probably wise because why risk it? That’s what admittedly does make some of these SPU games really interesting; you end up seeing opposing guys that you had no idea existed. Congrats to the Cavs on battling, and congrats to SPU on taking care of business.
WOU 80 @ SMU 52
WOU did what they needed to do, but they admittedly had quite a bit of help in the self-sabotaging practices of Aaron Landon’s substitutions. It was pretty back-and-forth until Marky Adams and Logan Rooney were pulled and WOU went on a huge run with probably 10 minutes left, and… That was that. SMU led by six or so, for various stretches of the second half, and we have full confidence that the guys could have gotten the win, had they been put in a position to do so.
Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 13 points; Dalven Brushier had 24 points and 10 baords for the double-double; and John Morrill-Keeler should be in Pocatello, but had six boards against SMU instead. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had eight points, nine boards, and four steals; Antonio Salinas had nine points and five boards; and Riley Hamilton had seven points.
Saints highlights: CJ Jennings had 20 points; Logan Rooney had seven boards; John Moore had six boards; and Marky Adams had 12 points and nine boards.
Make no mistake: The SMU players didn’t lose this game, their head lost them this game. Landon’s insistence on playing a guy that puts up a regular stat line of being 1-8 with umpteen turnovers is completely unacceptable. SMU has the personnel to be making a push for the conference tournament and yet… Nope. We’ll see if anything has been adjusted on Tuesday.
Great night of games. Our heart breaks for the SMU guys. We were there back in the ’16-’17 season when Grant Leep insisted upon playing Will Parker and we lost at Anchorage by 40. Thankfully he learned, so hopefully Landon will too.
Player-of-the-week’ll be up tomorrow, and then the Regional analysis will be up on Tuesday; it’s largely done, but we figured we would wait for Chaminade to complete their games against APU and PLNU, and they play PLNU tomorrow night.
Congrats to all on a hard night of games well fought.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!