So many new people, so many variations in scheduling that… Forget it. Conference play it is, which is still going to get slightly wacky because of some of the pre-winter break vs. post winter-break games, but oh well. Cross that bridge when we come to it.
No generic platitudes this time, but here are the nominees:
UAF: Alex Baham
UAA: Jacob Lampkin
SFU: N/A —> Daulton Hommes of WWU
WWU: Trey Drechsel
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Luke Chavez
MSUB: Zack Rollins
CWU: Fuquan Niles
NNU: Obi Megwa
CU-PDX: Chris Edward
WOU: N/A —> Maurice Jones of NNU
Winner’ll be up in an hour.
Hooookay, here we go.
All times pacific.
SMU @ NNU @ 6pm
SMU just got a nice win over CWU, NNU just got a big win over SPU. Maurice Jones had a positively lights out game, and we’re not sure the Saints have a player to put on him to counter him. That said, there are definitive ways to neutralize him and we think Alex Pribble will be utilizing them.
Prediction: SMU wins. No idea on the margin.
SPU @ CWU @ 7pm
Rivalry game. SPU is reeling and spiraling downward at a rapid pace. This game could get really ugly if you’re a Falcon. We are and we feel legitimately hopeless.
Prediction: CWU wins because this SPU team has lost their identity.
CU-PDX @ SFU @ 7pm
We’re sooo excited for this game, it should be a really good match-up. CU-Portland is starting to be the team we were expecting when they bumped up, Simon Fraser is a lot better than normal this year, and that means they’re well matched. It should be nuts, so we’re excited to follow along with it.
Prediction: Pick ’em, but we lean toward SFU because of the home court advantage.
WOU @ WWU @ 7pm
“Go Western!” We have no idea who is going to win this game. Instinct says WOU because they’re so much more proven than the Viks, but the Viks are playing at home and while we seriously doubt their fans are aware of how big this game is, their players are. A lot of it will hinge on Trey Drechsel -the Vikings are a completely different team when he plays well.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
MSUB @ UAF @ 8:30pm
LOL. We’re excited about this game because MSUB needs to get back on track and UAF needs a win, but it’s really hard to play at UAF and yet UAF looks really bad, so… Who knows? We think ‘oh, MSUB has got this,’ and then we’re like ‘But UAF is hard to play at…’ If it’s close, UAF will win; if it’s a blowout, the blow-out will be by MSUB.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Tons of great games, can’t wait to see what happens!
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Initially we were all ready to come and be like “Clearly we know nothing,” alas, our brain continues to work and analyze basketball pretty darn well.
We found out that NNU is now the Nighthawks. Most of their stuff still says Crusaders and they’re still using the same logo, so… D2-style rebrand. That’s okay. Still better than Dixie. We think they’ll stick with the ‘Nighthawks’ thing, so they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
UAA 65 @ UAF 39
Woof. Roar. Both teams. Yikes. But someone had to win.
Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 10 points; Joe Lendway had nine boards; Michael Kluting had seven boards; Donny Wilder had five boards.
Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had 22 points and 10 boards; Josiah Wood had nine points; Maleke Haynes had five assists.
We were planning on going on the Alaska trip this year. Partly due to this game and partly due to the next game we’re about to write about, we think we’ll pass.
SPU 91 @ NNU 103
Don’t let the score fool you -the Falcons were never going to win this game. They went up nine, started strutting and stopped caring, and then NNU was like “HEYYY, WE STILL CARE,” and that demoralized the Falcons and… Again: SPU wasn’t coming back from that.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had five boards and five assists; Tony Miller had 22 points and five boards; Gavin Long had 15 points while being 7-7 from the line. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 11 points; Harry Cavell had 11 points; and Nathan Streufert had 10 points and five boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Khalil Thompson had 19 points; Obi Megwa had 18 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 10 points; Maurice Jones had 34 points on lights-out shooting, along with seven rebounds and rounds out the full house. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj had six points; and Spider Adetunji had 10 points and seven boards.
Congrats to the Crusaders on a good win! Falcons: Consider yourselves officially needing the auto-bid to make the tournament.
WOU 96 @ SFU 71
This game was scary, SFU was in it for a really long time. We were following along like ‘Wow! Clan, we’re going to look so dumb and we love it!’ nope, WOU is really good at second half adjustments.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 12 points, seven boards, and four assists; Darius Luborn went 5-5 from the line and had 19 points; Riley Hawken had 13 points and six boards. Off the bench Demetrius had 16 points; Dustin Triano had five points; and JJ Chirnside had 16 points and five boards.
Congrats to the Wolves on recommitting and getting a nice ‘W’ over a solid Clan team.
CU-PDX 72 @ WWU 99
The one game we were really wrong about, congrats to the Viks on a good win over a good Concordia team.
Cav highlights: Chris Edward had 21 points; Daniel Theisen had 10 points; and off the bench Bryan Michaels continues to ignite with 10 points; while Deandre Stallings had nine points.
Viking highlights: TREY DRECHSEL FINALLY HAD A GOOD GAME!!!!!! We’ve been waiting. 32 points and 17 boards; Logan Schilder had nine points and nine boards; Deandre Dickson had nine points; and DAULTON HOMMES had 19 points and a full house. Off the bench Brett Kingma had seven points; and Siaan Rojas had 11 points.
Congrats to the Viks on getting it done.
SMU 80 @ CWU 75
The Wildcats led for a really long time. This was another game when we were like “oh crap, we were so wrong,” but SMU ultimately pulled it out.
Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had 10 points and six boards; EJ Boyce had 10 points and five assists; Luke Chavez continues to impress, this time with 30 points on solid shooting. off the bench BJ Standley had another good game with eight points; and Tavian Henderson had eight points and five boards.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 21 points and five boards; Fuquan Niles had 12 points -quiet game for him; and off the bench Coleman Sparling had five boards and five fouls while going 6-6 from the line.
Congrats to both teams on a game well played!
MSUB 62 @ UAA 74
Yesss… If we remember correctly, UAA led the vast majority of the time -it wasn’t ever really close. Welcome back to reality MSUB; we still think you’re an okay team, just not the team your record implies.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham shot well and had 20 points and six assists; Kamal Tall had six boards; Zack Rollins had eight boards and 12 points; and off the bench Zharon Richmond had five boards and five points; while Daniel Shedden had eight points.
Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had 16 points and 12 boards; DJ Ursery had 14 points; Josiah Wood had nine points; and off the bench Brennan Rymer had five boards; and Jack Macdonald had six points.
Congrats to UAA on a 2-0 start to conference play!
Really, really fun first night of conference play! Congrats to all of the teams on a great effort. Some amazing games tomorrow -game previews will be up at 11am pacific.
Welcome to the first real day of conference play! Congrats to the Alaska schools on kicking us off correctly -you’ll get your summary tomorrow with the rest of the conference.
Now, let’s get down to business… To defeat… the huns! Er, Pac-West and CCAA, eh?
All times pacific.
SPU @ NNU @ 6pm
Not sure what we’re thinking about this game. SPU hasn’t looked as good as they usually do, NNU has looked a lot better than they usually do, NNU is a hard place to play, and yet… SPU is SPU.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SMU @ CWU @ 7pm
We’d say SMU should take care of business, because they’ve more than proven themselves in non-con while CWU hasn’t, and yet… CWU is another hard place to play, and their students likely need to blow off steam in anticipation of finals, and what better place to do that than a basketball game?
Prediction: SMU pulls out a close one.
WOU @ SFU @ 7pm
SFU is better than normal. WOU has an amazing team. The Wolves need to be sure to take the Clan seriously, but as long as they do that they’ll be fine.
Prediction: WOU blows out SFU.
CU-PDX @ WWU @ 7pm
We’re really curious about this game because Concordia was impressive in non-con, but we still know so little about WWU -WWU plays the bulk of their non-con in December. On the one hand Concordia is well tested, on the other hand WWU is WWU and this is their first conference game back in a re-modeled Carver after being at Whatcom CC the past two years.
Prediction: The Cavs scare the Vikings but don’t defeat them.
MSUB @ UAA @ 8:30pm
Welcome to MSUB’s first real test, and it’s honestly not much of one -the only true “Wow,” play we’ve seen from UAA is Jacob Lampkin, and yet… who has MSUB played? They’ve won, but the numbers have been terrible, and it’s hard to play at UAA.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Should be a good night, we’ll be following everything super closely although will be at the SPU/NNU game. Come say ‘hi’ – we’ll be in our usual spot.
This is Jacob’s first year at Alaska-Anchorage, having transferred up from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
Jacob played like we expect centers to play, and exactly as we saw him play on the high school level at O’Dea. We had a number of opportunities to watch him in high school and vividly remember him because he was a huge part of our scouting report, no pun intended.
This weekend he served as the one bright spot for Anchorage in the Hawaii Pacific game and then repeated the performance yet again against Chaminade. In the HPU game he had 12 points and 13 rebounds along with just three fouls -impressive in 29 minutes of play for a center. In the Chaminade game, he proved himself yet again scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards, while only picking up two fouls in 32 minutes of play.
Congrats Jacob on a great weekend of play and welcome to the GNAC!
To be in consideration, a guy had to play at least two games in the tournament; that said, if they hit our minimum for qualifying for POW, they’re included regardless of school.
WWU: Taylor Stafford -two forty minute games and went 15/16 from the line in one of them. Wow.
WWU: Daulton Hommes -high minutes and very smart and efficient play -the numbers scream “unselfish” and yet he still had a great impact with scoring. Very proud of him.
SMU: Cole Preston -finished up his career with a couple of good games.
WOU: Tanner Omlid -Three really good games, including two where he was out of his mind. In the 3OT thriller he played 46 minutes, which… We’re actually a little surprised he was allowed to rest that much.
Tournament MVP will be up in an hour.
This time for February 23-25.
UAF: Brandon Davis
SFU: Othniel Spence
WWU: Deandre Dickson
SPU: Tony Miller
SMU: Rhett Baerlocher
CWU: N/A —> Diante Mitchell, Alaska-Anchorage.
NNU: Maurice Jones
CU-PDX: Jarrett Gray
There were a lot of above average performances this week and only one spot donated, so really good final week of the regular season. Winner’ll be up in an hour.
There’s honestly nothing we can really say about this guy because the numbers say all of it: he played 78/80 minutes available in these two games and went a combined 16-16 from the charity stripe. He went 2-6 from the field against SMU and then stopped shooting, however it clearly didn’t get in his head, because he proceeded to go 9/12 against MSUB.
We were lucky to have a front row seat for that performance and… he scored at will. We would be sitting there studying the defense and MSUB would be playing REALLY REALLY good D and we’d be going “what the heck, there’s no outlet, there’s no option,” and then Gavin would score. It was nuts. One of our favorite performances we’ve seen because while he scored 25 points with great efficiency… it wasn’t flashy.
Congrats Gavin and good luck in your sophomore season!!
Beginning our traditional “oh crap, it’s almost September and we need to finish all of last season’s stuff,” burning of posts.
For the games on February 16th and 18th, respectively.
UAF: N/A —> Dom Hunter, CWU.
UAA: Suki, because Suki gonna Suki.
SFU: Michael Provenzano
WWU: Daulton Hommes
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Cole Preston
MSUB: N/A —> Joe Rasmussen, Seattle Pacific.
CWU: Fuquan Niles -Fuquan gonna Fuquan. And by Fuquan we mean dominate.
NNU: Maurice Jones -Mo gonna Mo. And we want MO! Always.
CU-P: Drew Martin
WOU: Tanner Omlid. Because duh.
Nothing in depth because it’s been six months, but we had a blast refreshing our memory of these numbers -some really great performances and as much as we’ve procrastinated, it still comes back and we’re like “OH MAN, that was SO great!!”
Winner’ll be up in an hour because while it seems stupid six months later… Routines are routines.
Interesting. Someone from the conference told us that Concordia couldn’t make the conference tournament and CU-Irvine isn’t allowed in the Pac-West tournament, so no idea what that’s about, but whatever. We get to watch more games with Christopher and Drew, so that’s happy.
Also happy is that every single home team won on senior night and thus… Let’s jump into Saturday’s awesome slate of games:
CWU 72 @ UAA 84
Back and forth for a lot of the game until UAA finally walked it up and put it away. Proud of the Wildcats for hanging around as long as they did and doing their darndest. Experience gained.
Wildcat highlights: Marc Rodgers had 10 points; Dom Hunter had 24 and went 7-8 from the line; Terry Dawn had five boards; Jawan Stepney had 14 points; and Fuquan had just five points, but did grab 10 boards and four fouls. Off the bench Jerome Bryant had five points; and Chris-Michael Garret had five boards.
Seawolf highlights: Suki had a normal Suki game again, finally, scoring 26 points and grabbing nine boards; Diante Mitchell had 18 points and five boards meanwhile being 7-7 from the line; Spencer Svejcar had 21 points and five boards among a full house of stats; Corey Hammell had 14 boards; and off the bench Ashton Pomrehn had five points and seven boards.
Congrats to both teams on a good game well played -we’ll see the Seawolves in the conference tournament and thanks to the Wildcats for a fantastic season!
MSUB 56 @ WOU 72
Another back and forth game until WOU managed to put it away, at least as we recall. We feel like WOU managed to truly put it out of reach in the last 10 or so minutes, but the MSUB fought really hard.
Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had 15 points and six boards among a full house; Marc Matthews had six boards; Kamal Tall had 12 points and eight boards; Sven Jeuschede had five boards; and off the bench Kendall Denham had nine points and 10 boards, just missing the double-double.
Wolf highlights: Evan Garrison had 10 points; Tanner Omlid had 17 points, eight boards, and five assists along with a full house; Ali had 11 points and six boards; JJ Chirnside had six boards; and off the bench Akil had five points; whilst Demetrius Trammell had 11 points.
Congrats to the Wolves on a senior night won, and congrats to the Yellowjackets on making the conference tournament!
SMU 66 @ WWU 90
Straight up domination, the entire time, no question. This is quite the statement to make to the committee for the Vikings, and we’re really excited about it. They dismantled the Saints. That being said, the conference tournament is still this week and anything can happen. The Vikings are 100% in the NCAA tournament, that’s not a question, but seeding is still up in the air. We think at this point it would be hard for them to earn less than a four seed, but what do we know?
Saint highlights: Cole Preston had 16 points; Tyler Copp had 11 points; Fred Jorg played well with 16 points, five rebounds, and four blocks. Off the bench Rhett Baerlocher had 11 boards; and Brandon Kenilvort had five points and five boards.
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 25 points; and Jeffrey Parker had 21 points and five boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma had 10 points; and Deandre Dickson continues to beast with 15 points and 10 boards for the double-double.
Definitely not what we were expecting out of the stat lines for the Vikings with a score like that. SMU did a good job at shutting down Daulton Hommes and Logan Schilder in particular, so that’ll be interesting film to watch for the Vikings opponents. The stats tell a picture of a close game; the score tells a picture of a game that was nowhere near that at any point in time. Interesting stuff. Good luck to both teams in the conference tournament.
SPU 82 @ SFU 93
AHAHAHA. SPU actually tried to win (rather than just playing their seniors), the numbers are all normal, and yet they still lost because we get the feeling no one took it seriously. Good job Clan, ya done us proud!
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had six boards and 18 points; Tony Miller had 18 points and 11 boards; Joe Rasmussen picked up five fouls; Olivier-Paul Betu had eight boards; Gavin Long had 24 points and five fouls; and off the bench Hunter Eisenhower had nine points.
Clan highlights: Hidde Vos had nine boards and six assists; Michael Provenzano had 15 points; and JJ Pankratz bounced back after a very meh season, to have his way with the Falcons dropping 24 points on great shooting. Off the bench Othniel Spence had a fantastic game with 24 points, five boards, and a full house; Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 14 points and four boards; and Tyrell Lewin grabbed four boards.
Congrats the Clan on a very strong finish to the season, and to the Falcons: TGIO. Thank God It’s Over.
NNU 70 @ UAF 73
And UAF gets the win at home on senior night. Terrifying game. Very fun. Congrats to the Crusaders on a great season, being in the hunt for the conference tournament through the very last game.
Crusader highlights: Pol Olivier had 12 points; Jayden Bezzant grabbed five boards; Bouna had 20 points; Kaileb Rodriguez (can we make K-Rod a thing?) picked up five fouls; Maurice Jones was insane (please come back Mo!!!!!!!) and had 23 points and 18 boards while playing 40 minutes; and Marko Lepovic had five boards off the bench.
Nook highlights: Nahjee had six assists while playing 40 full minutes; Bangaly had five boards; LaDonavan Wilder had 14 points and six boards; Zach Pederson had 18 points and eight boards; and Brandon Davis had 22 points, six boards, and five steals while also playing 40 full minutes.
Congrats to both teams on ending with a strong final game of the year!
While there wasn’t a ton of stuff mid-season this year, that means there should be quite a bit post-season. In a year of chaos where no given night meant anything about the next and implications were just as easily false flags, we feel like we know every team really well. There are so many guys on each team that we’re actually excited to talk about, so… That’ll be cool in the coming days.
Player-of-the-week stuff for this week and last is on the horizon, previewing the conference tournament is on the horizon, previewing the conference tournaments for the other two D2 West conferences is on the horizon. POW stuff is probably going to take a backseat. We will put up the final standings chart because we think it’ll go down as one of the most parity filled years of GNAC basketball ever. Lots of blogging still to be done. We’re excited. We’re excited to sit down and really take a long look at the bracketology, both before and after the conference tournaments. Post-season awards, all that good stuff.
The good news with SPU not making the tournament is that these three days of silence is the entirety of our mourning period. For those of you that haven’t been with us in prior years -SPU loses in the NCAA tournament and then the blog goes silent for months. This year we’re not really that depressed because the season itself was so depressing; the end simply brought relief. Now we’re just excited to watch a bunch of other guys that we love throw themselves into what should be a really chaotic and fun March.