Hoooo boy. What a night of games.
“Root, root root for the hooooome teeeeeam, if they don’t win it’s a shame!” They all did. Zero shame last night, nicely done home teams!!
SPU 68 @ WWU 73
It’s funny. This is one of those games that reminds us why it’s so important to look at the numbers. In person we felt like Logan Schilder played really well and Leif Anderson was hitting everything and yet… Nope. Really great team game by the Vikings and a number other guys played really well, but in person it’s so minute-to-minute that the collective doesn’t sink in.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 14 points and five boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 16 points and five boards; and Shaw Anderson had 16 points and five boards.
Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 12 points and nine assists; Jalen Green had 10 points; and Trevor Jasinsky shot well had had 22 points and six boards. Off the bench Leif Anderson had 11 points; and Luke Lovelady had eight points.
With this win, the Vikings clinched their berth in the conference tournament, and so congrats to them on that. By far the deepest and most experienced team, it’s an expectation, but still, it was in doubt for a while, so alright. Falcons, you’ll have Gavin again on Thursday; you’ll be fine.
SMU 74 @ SFU 82
“Good” win by Simon Fraser. Not so much in the consideration that SMU returned nothing and SFU returned everything, but sure. The Clan’s hopes of making the conference tournament are still alive, go Clan! And SMU’s Alex Schumacher was back to normal, good news for said Clan.
Saints highlights: Demonte Malloy had six boards; CJ Jennings had 24 points; John Moore had 11 points; Marky Adams had 17 points, six boards, and four blocks among a full house of stats.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 22 points and seven boards; Mike Provenzano had 10 points and seven assists; Jasdeep Singh had 17 points; and Mike Hannan started and had 11 points and six steals. Off the bench Wil Balata had five boards; and Drew Bryson had eight points.
Not a particular game to write home about, but good to see the Clan right the ship, and sincere wishes of good luck against WWU on Tuesday.
MSUB 73 @ UAA 87
This was more of a game than we expected it to be. UAA doesn’t publish live stats, and so we checked the game at one point and the Seawolves were up by 20 or so and were like ‘okay…’ and never checked again. While it was never in doubt, the Jackets did make a good push in the second half.
Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 15 points; Tyler Green had 10 assists; and Brendan Howard got stuffed, ending up with 10 points only. Off the bench Clarance Daniels went 7-8 and had 15 points; and Psalm Maduakor had eight points, six boards, and five assists.
Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 19 points, six boards, and four assists; Tyrus Hosley had a double double among 20 points and 10 assists; Tobin Karlberg had 20 points, five boards, and four assists; Oggie Pantovic ate heartily on 7-10 shooting, with 14 points and five boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Tyler Brimhall had five boards.
Nicely done Seawolves, pretty much as expected. We wouldn’t worry too much MSUB; it’s hard to play in Billings and so embrace playing the spoiler with the North schools this coming week.
CU-PDX 66 @ CWU 69
Yes, the final result we expected but maybe not the final score in any sense? It seems like if you keep it close at NNU, you should beat CWU, and yet instead the Cavs just kept it close at CWU as well… Go figure. Nicely done Wildcats, keep up the good fight.
Cavs highlights: David Wheeler had 11 points and five boards; Dom Bradley had six boards; El-roi Butler had 15 points and six boards; and “off the bench” Dakota Ayala had 16 points and 10 boards on 7-8 shooting.
Wildcat highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 22 points; Gamaun Boykin had six boards; Kevin Baker had 11 points; Marqus Gilson had eight boards; and off the bench Matt Poquette had 17 points.
We have so much fun at Central that we kind of want to root for this CWU team, just no one has any consistency and no one really plays as a team, so… Against our ethos. Maybe next year. Dakota, we’re starting to have our eye on you for SPU… Not sure Grant would do it, but the Falcons could use it. Big time. And you don’t even have to give up your belief that the earth is 8,000 years old! SPU’s official policy on the matter is “choose for yourself.”
WOU 87 @ NNU 89 in OT
AAAAAAAH. This game was nuts the whole way through, and not gonna lie: We didn’t think the Nighthawks were gonna pull it out and they did and hooooly guacamole. Not sure what was up with the foul by Cameron Cranston, but… It was critical, and arguably he’s the Nighthawks MVP; yes, we’re aware that Cameron plays for the Wolves.
Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 13 points; Cameron Cranston had 12 points; Dalven Brushier had 23 points; Darius Lubom had six boards and six assists; and John Morrill-Keeler had 12 points and seven boards. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 10 points; and Zach Baugher had six points and five boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had seven boards; Beto Diaz is kicking into gear at the right time and had 22 points and seven boards; George Reidy had 16 points; Spider Adentunji had nine boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench ZEKE ALLEY had 25 points.
The Nighthawks out-rebounded the Wolves 42-31 and they needed every single one of them. Congrats to both teams on an insanely hard fought battle, and congrats especially to the Nighthawks on clinching their berth in the conference tournament.
Really fun night of hoops, we ended up sitting on the old people side at WWU, and honestly the seats and set-up is really good. Way too expensive ($20 for a D2 game, seriously??) but the sight lines are great, so credit where credit is due.
As noted earlier: SFU @ WWU is the Tuesday game, while WWU has clinched, SFU is still fighting and they beat the Vikings in a nailbiter alllll the way back in December, so good game to watch.
Last week of the season, we’ll try and update the really-out-of-date who’s beaten who chart later today, and… We’ll go from there.
Congrats to all on a great night of games well-played.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Goood morning. Was there any iisHoCkInG!! result last night? No. But was it still a great night of games? Absolutely!
And so… Let’s talk about it.
UAA 94 @ UAF 81
UAA would walk up and then UAF would get back in it, and then UAA would walk it up again, and while there was a bit of a mad dash with about 90 seconds left, ultimately UAA managed to keep the lead and win the game.
Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 15 points; Tyrus Hosley had 15 points, seven boards, and six assists; Tobin Karlberg played 40 full minutes and had 23 points, eight boards, and six assists; Jack Macdonald played forty full minutes and had 19 points; Oggie Pantovic had 17 points and seven boards on great shooting; and off the bench Tyler Brimhall had five points, four boards, and four assists.
Nanook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz played 40 full minutes and had a huuuuge bounce-back game with 25 points and 12 assists for the double-double, along with five steals and four boards; Spencer Sweet had five boards; Koby Huerta had 13 points; and Mawich Kachjaani had five boards. Off the bench Keshaun Howard went 4-5 and had 10 points; Markel Banks had a good night with 16 points; and Alex Sommerfield had five points.
Usually we hate high volume scorers, but… Shadeed puts up so many great field metrics and gets his numbers WHILE helping his teammates. He has a huge scoring output, but he usually does it relatively efficiently and almost never at the expense of his teammates; seeing a scorer like this that doesn’t play hero ball is absolutely magical. That said, big congrats to UAA on winning and your line-up tightening up. We think it’s a great move at this point in the season. While we love UAF, it’s starting to be obvious that until Mawich can play at full strength again, they don’t quite have enough to be a threat to top teams night in and night out, which is unfortunate and so hopefully he bounces back soon.
SPU 88 @ SFU 67
Don’t let the final score fool you; it was actually a really tight game throughout most of the first half, before the Falcons managed to make some good halftime adjustments (finally) and walk it up and away in the second half. Some super weird numbers by the Falcons, go figure.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 24 points and six boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 20 points and six boards among a full house of stats; and Shaw Anderson had 12 points and six boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 11 points; Sharif Khan had five points; and Jacob Medjo went 4-4 from the free throw line.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 24 points, six boards, and five fouls; Mike Provenzano had 14 points; and Jas Singh had 21 points and eight boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench David Penney had four rebounds.
It appears the Falcons toyed with Wil Balata, while we’re not sure if Jasdeep nullified Filip or Filip nullified Filip. Go figure. Matt Kiatipis did in fact see playing time and went 1-1 with one foul and one assist in seven minutes. Keep an eye on him next year -lacking particular numbers can be just as big as the presence of others. Zero turnovers is good. Congrats to the Clan on what largely was a pretty darn good game, and congrats to the Falcons on locking in well in this tune up for WWU.
SMU 61 @ WWU 71
The Saints were in it for a longgg time and had CJ Jennings not been so busy chucking up shots and instead distributed them to his teammates, the Saints had an incredibly good shot at winning. Alas, the trademark of this year’s SMU team is Aaron Landon allowing wayyy too much of a leash when guys are cold.
Saints highlights: Demonte Malloy had seven boards; CJ Jennings had six boards and four assists; Logan Rooney had 13 points; John Moore had five points; Marky Adams had seven boards; and off the bench Alex Schumacher had 18 points.
Viks highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 12 points; Siaan Rojas had five assists; Logan Schilder had nine boards; Jalen Green had five assists; and Trevor Jasinsky finally had a good shooting night nad had 21 points and six boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Leif Anderson had six points and five assists; and Cameron Retherford had nine points and five boards.
We’re really not sure what to think about these numbers from the Vikings. While there were definitely some good ones… They mirror a solid amount of SMU’s, which is just beyond perplexing because SMU returned no one and WWU returned everyone. Curious about Saturday’s game; similar team, very different discipline demands by the head coach.
MSUB 68 @ UAF 71
THIS GAME WAS 100% THE INSANE NUTSO MASTERPIECE WERE HOPING FOR!!!!!!! Absolutely crazy. The Nooks did a really good job at defending Brendan Howard, so that was quality. The shooting was hot, the defense was committed, and it seriously went down to the final seconds; everything you love to see in a basketball game, and MSUB is officially out of the race for the conference tournament.
Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 11 points among a full house of stats; Tyler Green had 15 points while going 5-7 from three; and Brendan Howard went 7-7 from the line and grabbed six boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had six points and six boards; Psalm Maduakor had eight points and six boards; and Jordan Lehrer had six points.
Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz played forty full minutes and had 22 points, six assists, and six steals; Spencer Sweet had 17 points and eight boards; Quinn Daugharty had six boards; and Mawich Kachjaani had five boards. Off the bench Jalon McCullough had nine points; Markel Banks had four points and three boards; and Alex Sommerfield had nine points.
Nutso game. Implicative game. Big congrats to the Nooks on getting it done, and better luck next year to the Jackets. We still kind of have a [somewhat] irrational grudge against Jordan Lehrer for dunking on Braden Olsen at the end getting blown out. Like really, who’s insecure enough to do that?? Jordan Lehrer is.
CU-PDX 76 @ NNU 77
For a long while this game was going exactly as we expected it to, but then CU-PDX caught fire (and/or NNU stopped caring) and the Cavaliers made it one heck of a game. Still pretty awful numbers from most of the CU-PDX guys, but hey! They were within one point at NNU, that’s something.
Cavs highlights: Dom Bradley had 10 boards; El-roi Butler had 15 points and five fouls. Off the bench Dylan Sullivan had five points; Hunter Sweet had 13 boards; and Dakota Ayala had 15 points and eight boards.
Nighthawk highlights: BETO DIAZ finally functioned again and had 27 points and nine boards; George Reidy had nine points and five fouls; and Spider Adetunji had 11 boards. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had four boards; Zac Furgerson had five points; and Zeke Alley had 14 points
Nighthawks gotta stay tenacious and they didn’t. Good learning experience for NNU, especially considering they face the Wolves on Saturday and the Falcons on Thursday.
WOU 71 @ CWU 61
The Wildcats were in it for wayyy longer than we expected, and this is a team that usually hits above their weight class as it comes to WOU. Still, great to see WOU get the victory in a tough environment. Nampa will likely be nuts on Saturday, so great warm-up.
Wolf highlights: Dalven Brushier had 18 points and six boards; Darius Lubom had 14 points; and John Morrill-Keeler had 12 beautifully fed points along with seven boards. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 10 points; and Zach Baugher had four boards.
Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 21 points; Xavier Smith had 11 points; and Marqus Gilson had 10 boards. Off the bench Gamaun Boykin had seven points; and Matt Poquette had four boards.
It seems like had the Wildcats not panicked down the stretch once they were down by six with around four minutes left, they could have come back and gotten the ‘W.’ There was a lot of unnecessary chucking that happened, and WOU was great at forcing turnovers under pressure. Congrats to both teams on a hard game well fought.
Great night of games. We had a blast out at Central. We’re actually going to put up a standings post here in a little while (or a couple of hours) and then game previews will be up in the AM.
Congrats to all on playing hard in the march to March.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
For those wondering: Yes, we saw the Alaskas game on Tuesday; it was exciting, we’ll discuss it tomorrow morning =)
We have some interesting games ahead of us tonight, and so… Let’s talk about them.
All times pacific.
CU-PDX @ NNU @ 6:30pm
Let’s be real here: We have no expectation of this being a game. NNU is hard to play at, they’re on a super hot streak, they just got done with a thorough murdering of UAF after a heartbreaking loss in OT at UAA, and… While we don’t expect the gap to be quite as big as it was in Fairbanks on Saturday, it’ll still be large. That said… NNU is a prime potential landing spot for Dakota if he wants to stay in the GNAC, so interesting-ish match-up?
Prediction: Nighthawks win.
SPU @ SFU @ 7pm
You know… We’re 50/50 on this game. SFU either keeps it really competitive and things get nuts, or we once again see Simon Fraser players we had no idea existed because the Clan is down by so much. Either way. Honestly? Yes, we hope it happens because we’ve wanted to take another long look at Matt Kiatipis; he impressed us heavily in the first game and so getting to see him play more minutes would be great.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SMU @ WWU @ 7pm
You’d think this would be destined to be a blow-out and yet it’s absolutely not; last time the two teams met, SMU kept it close the entire way and WWU only won by seven. Now we’re locked into the throes of the Battle for Seattle and SMU is officially out, while WWU is locked in it big time. This is honestly a critical win for the Vikings to get because they end with hosting SFU on Tuesday and then being in Billings on Thursday and so… They’ll have a game where it’s completely out of their hands. If they could go 4-0 it would be ideal and going 4-0 starts with tonight. That said: SMU will want to play the spoiler, and we’ll see if they get to.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
WOU @ CWU @ 7:30pm
We’re actually really curious about this game. CWU edged out “rival” UAF, and lost an agonizing one to UAA, so they’ll want to right the ship. WOU is a good team, no one is disputing that, but… CWU can get rocking. Really rocking. And we looked up when the Washington Music Educators Conference happened and it was last week, while Lionel Hampton isn’t until next week, and so the band should be there. We’re hoping it’s loud and we’re hoping the Wildcats have a shot. Obviously we like and believe in a lot of the WOU players, but WHAT THE HECK IS WITH THIS WILDCAT TEAM?!?!?!?! We have no idea and it both aggravates us and makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
MSUB @ UAF @ 8:30pm
This should be somewhat of a barn burner? Maybe? It could be? UAF is coming off of a thrashing by NNU and a solid beating by UAA, MSUB is coming off of a thrashing of SMU and thrashing by SPU, and so it could be competitive? Honestly with this conference you never know. MSUB killed SMU, while getting killed by SPU, meanwhile SMU kept SPU close, so… Who knows? UAF could win big, they could win close, MSUB could win big, they could win close. No way to tell. It’s in Fairbanks will can almost always get UAF the nod, but… SMU beat them up there after UAF had just beat SPU, so who knows??
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Because of some SPU logistics, we’re actually out at CWU tonight; we’ll be with the Falcons on Saturday instead, and so… We’ll see y’all in E-burg.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Gooood morning from Spokane, Washington! There were some absolutely incredible and very stereotypically GNAC games last night, and so… Let’s talk about them.
SFU 79 @ CU-PDX 56
We were kind of 50/50 on this game; CU-Portland was going to come out swinging, or they were going to roll over and die, and the same went for Simon Fraser; either they would come out swinging, or they would take pity and make it close. As it turns out, all of the above happened. Concordia let at the half, and then Simon Fraser destroyed them in the second half.
Clan highlights: Wil Balata had six boards and five assists; Mike Provenzano had 17 points, five boards, and five assists; Jas Singh had 13 points, five boards, and five assists; and Julian Roche had 14 points and five boards. Off the bench Corey Nzigamasabo had four boards and four points; and Mike Hannan had five points.
Cavs highlights: Off the bench Caleb Larsen had five assists; Dakota Ayala had 16 points; and Dane Agost had five boards.
We have no idea what CU-PDX was doing with their starting line-up, nor how Hunter Sweet disappeared so badly. We may go back and skim through the video feed of this game, because these numbers are beyond strange. It appears that Rhodes is attempting to allow everyone shoot their shot and demonstrate their game as they begin the transfer process, and you would think a very up-and-down SFU team would be a good chance to do that, and yet… It apparently wasn’t. Congrats to the Clan on getting a very important ‘W’ in the fight for the conference tournament.
WWU 72 @ WOU 89
The score actually tells a pretty accurate picture. WOU would lead comfortably, and then with about 10 minutes left in the 1st half WWU managed to get back into it and then WOU walked away again. At one point in the second half WWU got within four, but WOU clamped down and got it done well and thoroughly.
Viking highlights: Siaan Rojas had 19 points, eight boards, and five assists among a full house of stats; Logan Schilder had 10 points and 11 boards for the double-double; and Trevor Jasinsky went 5-7 from the line. Off the bench LEIF ANDERSON shot well and had 15 points; and Cameron Retherford had seven points and five fouls.
Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson went 8-8 from the line; Cameron Cranston had 13 points and five boards; Dalven Brushier had 17 points and five boards; Darius Lubom had five boards; John Morrill-Keeler had 16 points and six boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Emanuel Gant’s reign as the conference’s premier sixth man continued with 15 points, eight boards, four assists, and four steals among a full house of stats.
Ridiculously pleased with the Wolves’ teamwork. Still have no idea what the Viks are doing, but… They can be a good team. They should get the win against Concordia on Saturday, so the fight continues.
SPU 83 @ MSUB 62
The Jackets kept up well in the first half until the Falcons went on an 11-0 run and were up by 12 at halftime. Pretty funny sequence with about a minute left in the first half; the Jackets finally responded and went on a 4-0 run, which caused Grant Leep to get visibly consternated and promptly call a time-out. The second half was largely uneventful, although the Jackets did do a solid job at shutting Divant’e Moffitt down, so props there.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 15 points and seven boards; Divant’e had 14 points; and Gabe Colosimo had nine points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 15 points and four boards; Sharif Khan had three steals; Mehdi El Mardi had seven points and five boards; and Jacob Medjo had seven points and six boards. Gavin Long was MVP of supporting his teammates.
Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had six boards; and Brendan Howard went 6-6 from the line. Off the bench Psalm Maduakour had 11 points and four boards; and Jordan Lehrer had four boards and an absolutely incredible dunk on 5’11 Braden Olsen. We see you Jordan, we see you.
MSUB actually did a pretty good job containing the Falcons overall, while the Falcons did a fantastic job rotating on Brendan Howard. While he finished with 15 points, he went 4-14 from the field, and so that’s a great defensive performance to see the Falcons have against a truly fantastic player.
SMU 75 @ SPU 86
This game was hysterical. Literally no one in that gym was mentally there and the feeling was completely lackadaisical. The game itself from the get-go gave us the impression that while SMU was never going to win, SPU was never going to run away with it either, and that’s exactly what happened.
Saints highlights: CJ Jennings had six boards and five fouls; Logan Rooney had five boards; Alex Clinton had 12 points; Marky Adams was freed and had 12 points on good shooting while playing 32 minutes; off the bench Alex Schumacher had 21 points.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 15 points, nine boards, and six assists; Divant’e Moffit had 14 points; Gabe Colosimo had eight boards; and Shaw Anderson had 15 points. Off the bench BRADEN OLSEN had 24 points; Sharif Khan had six points; and Jacob Medjo had six points.
We’re not sure whether the Falcons were unprepared to face Alex Schumacher because he’d been seeing minimal minutes, or if they simply didn’t care. Maybe both? But he had a great game, so that’s fun. Congrats to SPU on getting the ‘W’ and congrats to SMU on putting up some good numbers.
CWU 66 @ UAF 63
HOOOOOLY GUACAMOLE. This game was insane. Close the whole time. Everything you want in a GNAC game of chaos. We’re stunned that the Nooks didn’t pull it out, but… Apparently CWU wanted it more. Which makes sense, we suppose, considering CWU is on the conference tournament bubble while UAF is as comfortable as any GNAC team in the horde of teams trying to make the tournament.
Wildcat highlights: Xavier Smith had nine points; Kevin Baker had seven boards; and Marqus Gilson shot well and had nine points and 11 boards. Off the bench JERYN LUCAS had 25 points; Gamaun Boykin had nine points; Matt Poquette had five boards, and Micah Pollard had four boards.
Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 27 points, five assists, and five steals; and Spencer Sweet had 13 points. Off the bench Markel Banks had eight points and seven boards; and Alex Sommerfield had five points and four boards.
A lot went wrong for the Nooks tonight and they kept a red hot Wildcat team within three, which we’re not really sure means a whole lot, especially playing at home, but… We’re not concerned about this lost, honestly. It was an intense game and as long as they bounce back against the Nighthawks on Saturday, it should be largely inconsequential, despite the fact that bouncing back against the Nighthawks likely will be a tall order. Congrats to the Wildcats on a HUUUUGE win!
NNU 89 @ UAA 90 in OT
HOOOOLY BANANAS. NNU was in the lead literally the entire time until UAA tied it up with seven seconds left in the game, and then… The Seawolves won it in OT. By one. Which was the most they led by for one brief point in regulation. This has to be beyond heartbreaking for the Nighthawks and so… We anticipate they’ll be in death mode on Saturday.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had 11 points; George Reidy had five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 25 points and seven assists; and Spider Adentunji had 14 points and 11 boards for the double-double. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had 10 points and four assists; and Zeke Alley had 18 points, five boards, and four assists.
Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 10 points; Tyrus Hosley had 13 points, four boards, and 11 assists; Jack Macdonald had 13 points, five boards, and six assists; and OGGIE PANTOVIC had a whopping 26 points and 15 boards for the double-double. Off the bench DeAndre Osuigwe had seven points and four boards; and Tyler Brimhall was back in action with seven points.
This game is just mind blowing. We’re ridiculously proud of the Seawolves while simultaneously being ridiculously devastated for the Nighthawks, and how amazing is that? NNU has been insanely hot for so long now and so for the Seawolves to get the win is big, while for the Nighthawks to lose in Anchorage isn’t honestly the end of the world. UAA is a good team and Anchorage is a hard place to play. The trick will be bouncing back on Saturday; while we said the Nighthawks are a tall order for the Nanooks, the Nanooks are a tall order for the Nighthawks.
What an amazing night. We had a great time in Billings.
Congrats to all teams on hard games well fought.
Game previews will be up in the AM.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
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!
Ooookay, later than we’d like, but here we go!
All times pacific.
NNU @ CU-PDX @ 2pm
On paper we’re like “oh yeah, the Nighthawks just beat WOU and CU-PDX just lost to CWU, it’s easy, CU-PDX is gonna lose.” Except this is the GNAC, so no. While yes, we do think CU-PDX is going to fail in their quest to pull out a ‘W,’ we think should be a decently competitive and moderately exciting game. Rodrick Rhodes taking on his old boss in Paul Rush, and the more the season goes on, the more we wonder if it was Rodrick behind the magic in Nampa.
Prediction: NNU wins.
SFU @ SPU @ 4pm
Usually every team gets up to play SPU and yet… Will SPU get up to play SFU? They better, because Mike Provenzano has finally started to function. Harry Cavell has got to be more self disciplined with the shots, Wil Balata has got to be more disciplined with the turnovers, these are two of our favorite teams and yet as the first half of conference play comes to an end, all we can think about is how many problems both have to fix.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
UAF @ MSUB @ 4:15pm
Really intrigued to see what happens in this game. On the one hand, MSUB went toe-to-toe with Anchorage, while UAF got blown out, but… That was a rivalry game. It’s another situation where we think UAF has more talent and better coaching, but MSUB still has the best player in the game, and so we’ll see what Brendan does. Zharon Richmond has been playing a lot better as of late, which does help, but… Other guys really have to step up their contributions.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CWU @ WOU @ 4:15pm
Are you ready for some aggressive Wolves? ‘Cause we suspect that’s exactly what the Wildcats are getting today. The Wolves are likely incredibly ticked off about their loss to the Nighthawks and absolutely ready to slaughter the Wildcats. While the Wildcats will do their darndest… Let’s be real: They almost couldn’t beat CU-Portland, despite a majority of their team actually functioning for a change.
Prediction: Wolves win.
WWU @ SMU @ 5pm
We’re actually excited about this match-up, despite the fact that it seems destined to be a WWU blow-out. The teams match each other really well style-wise, and so it should be good. We’re curious to see WWU’s solution for Marky Adams, because with Logan out they really don’t have an obvious guy. We assume Trevor Jasinsky, as the team’s best player will probably be in on it, but they could have him primarily defending Demonte Malloy, so… We’ll see. While we don’t expect the score to be interesting, we still expect the game to be intriguing in terms of what both teams do trying to out-pace the other.
Prediction: WWU wins.
Early games today. Hopefully that means plenty of highlights leading to Nightlights, again: We meant to write them on Thursday, but we fell asleep. The temp jumped up to the low-mid 50s and the allergies in Seattle are real.
Regardless: The post will be up by 11am tomorrow, as is typical.
We’ll be in our usual spot at the SFU/SPU game. As always, come say ‘hi’ if you want.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
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!
Goood morning. Read the URL if you’re one of those people 🙃 You’re welcome. Let’s jump into tonight’s games.
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UAA @ MSUB @ 6:30pm
We’re ridiculously intrigued by this game! UAA just blew out rival UAF, we’re assuming because they were ridiculously aggressive after a loss that shouldn’t have happened at NNU. We’ll see if the rage and fire can carry them to a win at Alterowitz. MSUB, on the other hand, is coming off of a respectable loss to SPU at SPU where they had plenty of chances to take the lead and win it, but couldn’t quite close the deal. The standings are still tight and MSUB is merely one game back of being tied for 5th place, so… Every night is critical. Brendan Howard will be the best player in the game, we’re excited to see him and Oggie go at it, but UAA is more talented overall, so:
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SFU @ SMU @ 7pm
While we would be tempted to say that this should be a good game… It could be? SFU and NNU match-up well, and SMU beat NNU while at NNU, granted it was before Christmas Break, so… We shall see. SFU was looking a lot better against Concordia (and admittedly the Cavs beat the Saints) but style does matter and the fact is that NNU and SFU are similar (and yet to play this year) so it could be a good comparison. One of those games were SFU could win big or either team could win a close one, but we don’t anticipate SMU blowing out SFU.
Prediction: SFU wins.
WWU @ SPU @ 7pm
HUUUUGE game. The top two teams in the GNAC meeting up. In the last two weeks, both have blown out Concordia and won an OT game against WOU. They should be pretty well matched, although admittedly SPU has no true answer for WWU’s Logan Schilder. There are a ton of great guys playing in this game and we absolutely cannot wait to watch, the biggest difference between the two is experience; WWU returned everything, while SPU returned very little, and so we’ll see if experience will propel the Viks to the win on what we expect to be approximately a neutral court.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CWU @ CU-PDX @ 7:30pm
THIS SHOULD BE A REALLY GREAT GAME. We almost wish we were going. CWU got blown-out by UAF on Saturday, which means CU-PDX should be right about their speed and it should be ridiculously competitive, which is particularly great from a CU-PDX perspective. CWU came super close to beating SMU, while CU-PDX did beat SMU, so they know they have it in them to beat the Wildcats, the only question is: will they?
Prediction: Pick ’em.
NNU @ WOU @ 7:30pm
Has NNU finally got their ish together or will they be out of the sky and into the frying pan? Can you fry Nighthawks? It sounds really gross. ‘Fried Falcon’ has a much better ring to it, if we’re being honest (and cannibalistic). But can the Nighthawks beat the Wolves? Honestly: it’s very doubtful. WOU is a good team that has great rebounders, good-to-great scorers, and a good home court advantage.
Prediction: Wolves win.
Ridiculously great night ahead. We’ll be keeping an eye on things on our phone while we’re inevitably freaking out through the entirety of the Falcons/Vikings game. As always: come say ‘hi.’ We’ll be in our usual spot.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Goood morning. We’ve got some great games ahead of us and so… Let’s talk about them!
All times pacific.
MSUB @ SPU @ 2pm
MSUB just beat SMU by 29, while SPU is coming off of a day of rest after having beat SMU by a mere 24, but… Here’s the thing: A lot of guys from MSUB that haven’t had particularly good games all year, had them against SMU. While for the Falcons, a bunch of guys that consistently play well, played somewhere between mediocre and terrible (looking at you Divant’e Moffitt) and so the games played were rather different. That said, the thing about playing in RBP is that everybody gets up to do it. Nobody goes into RBP like “oh, well, another game,” it’s always ‘MUST. KILL. GOLIATH!!!!!!!!!!” and so we’ll see if the Yellowjackets succeed in that.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
UAA @ NNU @ 4:15pm
Super curious about this game and we’ll actually get to watch most of it, seeing as Snoqualmie Pass is still a mess. NNU is coming off of a nice win over the Nooks, while UAA is coming of an uncharacteristic blow-out loss to CWU. UAA will want to right the ship, although we wouldn’t quite say they need to; NNU is a hard place to play and UAA is fine in terms of conference standings. NNU, on the other hand, is fighting for a spot in the conference tournament and they know they boast a solid-to-great home court advantage and so they really do need to make the most of it and get the ‘W.’
Prediction: Pick ’em.
WOU @ WWU @ 7pm
This should be a really great game. WOU has actually had a full week of rest, after the SFU game on Thursday got moved. The full week of rest should have been incredibly helpful, seeing as they last played an overtime game against SPU. An SPU-WWU “back-to-back” while challenging, actually could be pretty ideal. There’s no let down game, no overlook game, just attack mode. WWU is coming off of a predictably dominant win over Concordia, which was likely a nice warm-up, and now they can get down to the serious business that is defeating the Wolves of WOU.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CU-PDX @ SFU @ 7pm
This shouldn’t be a good game, although the thing is: it very well might be. CU-Portland is coming off a predictable loss at WWU, but last week they put up promising numbers against the Puget Sound schools. Simon Fraser is coming off of getting swept in Alaska, and while that’s respectable… Simon Fraser returns everything on a team that made it to the conference tournament last year, and so it really shouldn’t have happened.
Prediction: Simon Fraser wins.
UAF @ CWU @ 7:15pm
This is one that could go in any direction. UAF could win big; CWU could win big; UAF could win close; CWU could win close. CWU is coming off of a fantastic blow-out over UAA, but… UAA played strangely poorly. UAF is coming off of a relatively close loss to NNU, that also seemed a tad uncharacteristic. We like a lot of the UAF guys, and while we like CWU just fine, outside of Kevin Baker there really hasn’t been any type of consistency, so it’s really hard to say what they’ll do and what they’re capable of. The good news is that while it’s taking them a while to figure stuff out, the conference standings are still widely in flux, despite being almost halfway through conference play. No one’s really separated themselves outside of WWU and SPU being good and CU-PDX and SMU being bad. The middle seven are all right in it and so a win tonight for the Wildcats would in fact make a huge difference in conference standings.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
It should be a good night. We’ll be following along with everything, although we’re not 100% on our plans just yet, so the medium we’re following along from is yet to be determined.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
UAF 75 @ NNU 83
NNU FINALLY STARTED FUNCTIONING THE WAY WE KNOW THEY CAN!!!!!!!!!! And no, it’s not “just against Fairbanks,” Fairbanks is pretty legit this year. Regional threat? Not quite. But definitely should be a conference tournament bound team. It was tied at halftime, and then the Nighthawks made some great halftime adjustments and never trailed in the second half, although they didn’t truly walk up and away until about seven minutes left, and even then Fairbanks kept it decently nailbiting.
Nanook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz went 11-12 from th eline and had five boards; Spencer Sweet had 16 points; Quinn Daugharty had five boards; Mawich Kachjaani had six boards; and off the bench Alex Sommerfield had five boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz had 13 points and five boards; George Reidy had 16 pionts and five fouls; and SPIDER played a whopping 29 minutes (super high for him) and had a full house among nine points and 17 boards. Off the bench Zac Furgerson had four boards; Zeke Alley had 22 points; and Gabe Murphy had five boards.
Big-ish win for the Nighthawks just in terms of getting back on track. Great to see Spider playing so many minutes. Sam Roth had a quiet game, but largely the Nighthawks functioned how they need to function night in and night out. Curious to see Beto Diaz regress so much, simply because it follows the usual GNAC pattern of guys peaking junior year.
UAA 50 @ CWU 84
CWU HAS FINALLY GOT THEIR POOP IN A GROUP!!!!!!! Hopefully. East schools comin’ after ya. The Wildcats never trailed. Not sure what really went wrong for Anchorage; they’ve had a lot of nights of guys having off nights, but they’ve still largely managed to keep it together, and yet… This one they didn’t. Bound to happen at some point, but still surprising to have happen at CWU of all places.
Seawolf highlights: DeAndre Osuigwe had seven boards; Niko Bevens had 15 points; and off the bench Oggie Pantovic had 10 points and six boards.
Wildcat highlights: Kevin Baker had five assists; Amari Stafford had 11 points; and Marqus Gilson had 18 points and eight boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 10 points and five boards; Gamaun Boykin had seven boards among a full house of stats; Matt Poquette had a full house of stats; and Tariq Wood yhad six boards and 13 points while going 5-6 from the line.
Nicely done Wildcats. Really not sure what it means, but we’ll continue to find out on Saturday.
SPU 87 @ SMU 63
This game was funny. It was a game for approximately two minutes, give or take. SPU went up, and then they went up some more, and then they went up some more, and then they stayed there and that was that. What made it funny though is that SMU actually put up really respectable numbers, score aside.
Falcon highlights: Carry Cavell had 17 points and six boards while going 5-6 from the line; Divant’e Moffitt had five boards among a full house of stats; Gabe Colosimo had 16 points; Filip Fullerton had nine points; and Shaw Anderson had 11 points and five boards. Off the bench, Braden Olsen had 10 points; Sharif Khan had four boards; Mehdi El Mardi had 10 points and four boards; and Jacob Medjo had nine points.
Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had 13 points; Demonte Molloy was ON FIRE and had 19 points, 11 boards, and four assists; John Moore had 13 points and six boards; and Marky Adams had eight points and 11 boards.
Logan Rooney continues to be cold. SMU was definitely playing this game to win, despite being down by so much. SPU was… We’re not really sure what they were doing. Regardless, we’re ridiculously proud of the Saints, because largely they’re the best numbers we’ve seen them put up in quite a while, and yet… They lost by 20. And they won the rebounding battle by 10, so yay for moral victories!
Also: While their floor looks atrocious on screen, in person it’s totally fine and looks 100% normal.
CU-PDX 66 @ WWU 82
About what we expected, although it should be noted that CU-PDX kept it within reason until about halfway through the second half, so that’s progress.
Cavs highlights: Russell Tillery had five fouls and five assists; HUNTER SWEET had 25 points and nine boards; and off the bench Isaac Morrow had five points and five boards.
Viks highlights: Siaan Rojas had 16 points and eight boards; Jalen Green had 24 points and 13 boards among a full house of stats; and Trevor Jasinsky had six boards. Off the bench Leif Anderson went 6-6 from the line; and Cameron Retherford had 11 points, six boards, and four blocks.
Some really weird numbers on both sides. It appears that the Cavs decided to rest Dakota Ayala and as such, the Vikings rested Logan Schilder. Probably a smart move. No use for the Cavs taking the risk in an almost impossible to win game. Simon Fraser could be a possibility on Saturday, so save it. Still waiting for Leif Anderson to warm up, although credit where credit is due with the free throws; and then hopefully Tucker Eenigenburg gets back in the swing of things soon as well.
MSUB 96 @ SMU 67
We’re not sure how we feel about the Yellowjackets being the Saints by more than the Falcons. Maybe that it was more necessary for the Yellowjackets? Regardless, it’s a win, which is critical in the Yellowjackets having any hope for the conference tournament.
Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had five boards nad six assists; Zharon Richmond finally made noise with 11 points and a whopping 14 rebounds; TYLER GREEN had an insane 38 points; STEVIE JAMES STARTED and had 16 points and six assists; and Brendan Howard finally was able to have his load reduced, but still had 16 points and six boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had six boards; Jordan Lehrer had five points; and Seth Christaens had five points.
Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had five assists; Demonte Malloy continues to impress with 15 points and five boards; John Moore had 14 points; Marky Adams had a mere five boards; and off the bench Logan Rooney had six boards.
Really interesting numbers from the Saints. Defense continues to be a struggle for them, both playing it and getting past it from the other team. Excited about the numbers from the Yellowjackets, but they head to Seattle on Saturday, so… Great warm-up game, but we’re sure lots to review before taking on the Falcons.
Good night of games. Really excited and intrigued by a lot of the results, and so… We’ll see you tomorrow morning for game previews.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!