Category: conference play

Conference Game Day #20

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.

More soon!

Previewing Today’s Games

Last conference game day of the regular season! And spots in the tournament still aren’t decided. Very exciting stuff.

All times pacific.

CWU @ UAA @ 4pm

CWU needs the win, UAA would like the win. Honestly, we really want to see Connor Devine and Corey Hammell bounce back. Their numbers have been meh as of late, plus it’ll be really cool to watch them take on Fuquan. Not super worried about Spencer -should be good. Suki is always with a watch. Diante is 50/50. With CWU hopefully Naim Ladd is back in the starting line-up, Dom Hunter will be fun to watch play against his old school in his old gym (were they playing in that gym when he was there? It was brand new if he was), Fuquan, of course, hopefully Sage Woodruff sees some good minutes. Jawan should do work. Understated player.

Prediction: Pick ’em. #1 game of the night.

SMU @ WWU @ 7pm

Should be a really good game. We’re excited. Fred vs. Logan. We tend to trust Logan more than Fred, although they’re at opposite ends of the spectrum. Logan doesn’t look like a college basketball player, Fred looks like a former college basketball player on the opposite end of the spectrum. Regardless it’ll be fun to watch some of the match-ups. Brandon Kenilvort, Rhett Baerlocher, Daulton Hommes, and Jeffrey Parker most notably. Trey Ingram vs. Brett Kingma could be good, but it most likely won’t happen because Brett has been pretty silent this year, sadly. Cole Preston and Taylor Stafford play different positions, so while you’re “they’re both great guard!” Cole is all 1 and Taylor is all 2.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SPU @ SFU @ 7pm

We’re 50/50 on what we want the Falcons to do. On the one hand, they’re not in control of their own destiny and so we say “forget it, just play the seniors as many minutes as they want to play and let them go out proud” and then on the other hand, you want to genuinely try to get this win, just in case. The seniors could get this win -the seniors on the Falcons would likely be the best players on the SFU team, but… It’s a toss-up. SFU has had really good moments. We don’t know that all of the young guys the Falcons have really need to learn from this game. It would be cool to watch everyone go in and clamp down on defense and make a point, but… It’s the last game of the season. Does it really matter? No. But it would be nice for the Clan to pick up one more in-conference win, and we know they’re wholly capable.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

MSUB @ WOU @ 7pm

WOU’s officially in the conference tournament, MSUB it’s chaos. MSUB is a good team, we’re really happy to see Kendall Denham back in the starting line-up and playing really well. Marc Matthews is great, Preston Beverly how much more can we possible say? We adore that kid SO much. That being said: WOU has Tanner Omlid, Ali, and JJ who’s been coming on strong. Oddly enough we feel like MSUB has more talent that’s proven their worth overall, but Tanner Omlid is far and away the best player in the game, which means that WOU has a very good shot at winning it. “But WOU has a way better record.” Yeah, this is basketball. One player can affect everything, for good and for bad. MSUB has several very good players, WOU has one crazy amazing player, a few very good players, and a smattering of good players. MSUB probably has a higher “average” level of talent, but WOU is able to use their talent more in the trenches because of that crazy amazing player.

Prediction: Pick ’em. Game of the night #2.

NNU @ UAF @ 8pm

Should be another really good game. Bangaly’s final game. We’ve loved having him the past two years and are so ridiculously proud of him. You’re amazing Bangaly!! That being said, we also suspect it’s NNU’s Maurice Jones final regular season game in the GNAC. We’d love for him to stick around, but there’s not a big history of that at NNU, so until we see him play a game in a Crusader uniform next year, we won’t trust it. The game should be ridiculously competitive because NNU is a good team and UAF is an okay team, but they’re playing at home and the Patty Center is hella good. Be interesting to see what happens.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Can’t wait to watch all of the games, we’re proud of all of y’all, it’s been an amazing, crazy, insane, chaotic, unforgettable regular season, and so let’s finish it out strong and healthy!

Conference Game Day #19

Well shoot. We were wrong. Seattle Pacific is still technically contending for the conference tournament, but we’re not going to bother to figure out what the tiebreaker situation might be, because it’s a mess. Congrats to WWU for officially winning the conference this year!!

WOU 67 @ CU-PDX 69

Hooooooly bananas was this a good game. This is starting to be like Utah/Colorado in that initially we were like “this is a “”rivalry”” ” and yet it’s gotten ridiculously competitive and ridiculously anything can happen really fast, which is super fun. Congrats to both teams on an insane game well played, congrats to the Cavs on keeping on keeping on. Very, very proud of you this year.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had a full house with 19 points, seven boards, four assists, and five steals among other stats; Ali had 16 points; and JJ Chirnside had 12 points. Off the bench Isaiah Edwards had four boards.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had 13 points and six boards; Christopher Edward was a near-miss on a double double with nine points and nine boards; Jarrett Gray had an incredible 26 points and five boards; and off the bench Tre’ Vance had five points.

Crazy hard, well fought game for both teams. Congrats to the Wolves on a great transitional regular season, and congrats to the Cavs on a fantastic second year in the GNAC. We’ll see you in the conference tournament next year =)

SPU 87 @ WWU 89

Oddly not brutal. WWU was dominating the Falcons for a huge stretch, but anything can happen in a rivalry game and that’s what happened -WWU has the experience and pulled it out, most likely knocking the Falcons out of a longshot at the conference tournament.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had eight assists; Tony Miller had 29 points and 15 boards (whoaaa!); and Gavin Long had 17 points, five boards, and a smattering of other stats for a flawless full house (zero turnovers). Off the bench Sharif Khan had seven points and four assists; and Hunter Eisenhower had 14 points.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had five boards; Blake Fernandez had 12 points; Daulton Hommes had seven boards among a full house of stats; and Jeffrey Parker had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench, Deandre Dickson made a statement with 27 points and five boards (hi Falcons, you got TORCHED); and Trevor Jasinsky had seven points.

Okay game. Proud of the Vikings for pulling it out and now allowing the upset. Not sure it makes the greatest statement to the committee in terms of seeding, but it doesn’t make a bad one either -getting it done at all costs.

SMU 102 @ SFU 78

Really pleased with this result. Lacking in defense, yes, but a fun game all the same. Congrats Saints!!

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had 13 points and 11 assists FOR THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE!!; Jordan Kitchen had 21 points on nearly perfect shooting; Rhett Baerlocher had 14 points; TYLER COPP had 18 points; and Fred Jorg had nine points and seven boards. Off the bench Trey Ingram was a perfect 5-5 from the field and finished with 16 points; and Brandon Kenilvort was fantastic, going 5-7 from the field, making all of his free throws, and finishing also with 16 points.

Clan highlights: Michael Provenzano had 11 points; off the bench Othniel Spence had a whopping 29 points; and Graham Miller had 12 points.

Congrats to both teams on a fun game well played.

MSUB 77 @ CU-PDX 79

What can the Cavs really say? They enjoy being spoilsports and we support them wholeheartedly in it. That being said, we’re yet to look at what Preston did and we’re curious, because either people have started to shut him down or he’s started to slump -it’s okay, we still love you Preston!

Yellowjacket highlights: PRESTON BEVERLY HAD A GREAT GAME!!!!! Yay. He scored 29 points and was a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line, in addition to grabbing eight boards and rounding it out with a full house; Kendall Denham had five boards and was back in the starting line-up <3; and Kamal Tall had what we’ll personally consider a triple double with 19 points, 10 boards, and five fouls. Off the bench Zach Lessinger had seven points; and Sven had 10 points and four boards.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had six boards; Christopher Edward had 10 boards; Jarrett Gray had 20 points; and Taylor Harris had 12 points. Off the bench Davis Nuaimi had seven points. Collectively the team grabbed eight additional boards -nicely done CU-PDX!!

Positively insane game. Congrats to both teams! Again, congrats to CU-PDX on a fantastic sophomore season. We love you and can’t wait to see you dominate the GNAC the way you dominated the Cascade conference.

CWU 74 @ UAF 67

YEAAAAH WILDCATS!! We’re oddly obsessed with Naim Ladd. Like, we’re so proud of that kid and his heart and his hustle. Initially we were like “yeah, right,” and then yeah, he’s like D2 Isaiah Thomas, so we can’t be a hater. He’s too awesome. And yet he played poorly this game; oh well. Congrats to the Nooks on a battle well-fought -y’all shut these people down, even if you didn’t pull out the win.

Wildcat highlights: Marc Rodgers had 13 points; Dom Hunter had 13 points and nine boards; Jawan Stepney had six boards; and Fuquan was SHUT-DOWN (good job Nooks) with a mere six boards. Off the bench Cameron Burton had six points; and Chris-Michael Garet had 14 points and five boards.

Congrats to both teams. Good luck to CWU against the Seawolves and UAF against the Crusaders.

NNU 73 @ UAA 81

There really wasn’t a bad game to watch last night. Ridiculously proud of the Crusaders against the Seawolves up there in their hella nice lair. The Seawolves have been off as of late, so we’re curious to see what the numbers are like. They’re going to need to be in ‘destroy’ mode against CWU tomorrow, so… Who knows.

Crusader highlights: Pol Olivier had 10 points and six assists; Jayden Bezzant had 19 points and six assists because teamwork makes the dream work; Bouna had seven assists; and Maurice Jones had a quiet game with a mere nine boards on terrible shooting. Odd. We believe in you Mo! You’re amazing. You’ll bounce back. Beware Nooks. Off the bench Mark Lepovic had seven points.

Seawolf highlights: Suki bounced back with 27 points; Diante Mitchell was great, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 boards for the double-double; Spencer Svejcar also had a double-double with 24 points and 10 boards -we swear, the Aloe Blacc song is about Spencer because he is THE MAN; Corey Hammell was again either off or shut down because he only had 10 points and six boards; and Connor Devine had five boards. Off the bench Travis Parrish grabbed seven boards.

Congrats to the Seawolves on pulling out the victory at home and doing a great job shutting down one of the premier players in the conference, that being Maurice Jones. Congrats to the Crusaders on hard fought battle in a difficult place to play.

Really fun three nights of basketball. Things are still insanely tense, which is nuts. We really need to check in with the other conferences. And y’all are like “AND DO OUR PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND UPDATE THE STUPID STANDINGS CHART.” Yeah, we know, sorry. It’ll happen. That’s our third year of doing that chart and so we’re pretty excited about it because it is such a great info graph.

Game previews up tomorrow in the AM-ish. Hopefully.

Previewing Tonight’s Games!

Yes, the ball was dropped on POW yet again -we’ll do it tonight while we’re watching these games.

First and foremost: SPU, SFU, and we believe UAF are now all officially eliminated from making the conference tournament, at least from what we understand.

Second of all… all times pacific:

SMU @ SFU @ 5:15pm

SFU could play the spoiler, but really SMU just needs to get through this game. They should be in kill mode. Will they? Who knows. After last year and watching UAA/CWU control their conference tournament destiny, they should be wholly ready for it and we can’t wait, but… We’ll see. Anything can happen.

Prediction: SMU gets it done.

MSUB @ CU-PDX @ 7pm

CU-PDX upset WOU on Tuesday and although they’re not eligible for the conference tournament, they’re making great headway being the upset darlings. If you can’t make the conference tournament, why not ruin it for someone else? Spoiler is as spoiler does. They’ve been playing really, really good basketball as of late, and while we swear by the talent of MSUB and are thrilled that Kendall Denham is starting again… Who knows. They’re fighting for a spot in the conference tournament on paper… Hopefully they play like it in reality.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

NNU @ UAF @ 8pm

Really excited about this match-up. They should be really evenly matched teams; one is essentially underachieving while the other is overachieving. They’re playing in Fairbanks, which is a challenge unto itself. UAF, chance to the spoiler at home? Absolutely.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ UAA @ 8pm

GAME OF THE NIGHTTT. CWU needs to win. UAA it would be nice to get a win. We’ve missed the early-conference play as of late. People have figured out how to shut them down and they have been. We’re not sure which direction this game will go -the Seawolves absolutely blew out the Wildcats initially during the first game, but then CWU battled back and it was really close. We’re sure it left a lasting impression on CWU, but we’re not sure the same could be said for UAA, so it’ll be interesting to see how both teams respond. It’s hard to win in Alaska, but CWU has the fire of trying to make the conference tournament under their tuckuses, so hopefully that rockets them along.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Not sure what to think other than that we’re excited.

Conference Game Day #18

The most normal night of basketball to date. We keep saying that and it’s because we’re stunned every time.

WWU 83 @ NNU 59

It looked close there for a hot second and then WWU rolled.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford scored 21 points; Logan Schilder grabbed five boards; Daulton Hommes had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards; and Jeffrey Parker also had a double-double with 11 boards and 13 points. Off the bench Deandre Dickson had five boards and 12 points; while Trevor Jasinsky had 13 points. The Vikings collectively grabbed a whopping 49 rebounds -wow!!

Crusader highlights: Bouna scored 27; Pol Olivier had five steals; Kaileb Rodriguez scored 14 points; and Maurice Jones continues with 16 points and 14 boards for the double-double.

Again: normal game. Congrats to the Vikings on making progress in securing your seeding. Good effort to the Nooks -good luck against the Alaska schools!

SMU 83 @ MSUB 92

Did anyone else have a heart attack while watching this game? Good, we’re not the only ones. Close the whole game. Even when MSUB was up by a couple of possessions and managed to keep it there, you never felt safe because SMU is so good at hitting shots down the stretch. Very exciting game, congrats to both teams.

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had nine assists; Jordan Kitchen had six boards; Rhett Baerlocher had five boards and 16 points; and Fred Jorg had six boards. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 17 points and five boards; and Brandon Kenilvort had 16 points. We looove a good sixth man, and are ridiculously proud of Brandon! Energy off the bench, you’s fire B!

Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had 14 boards; Kendall Denham FINALLY IS STARTING AGAIN!!!! and had 15 points, six boards, and six assists; and Marc Matthews had 23 points. Off the bench Zach Lessinger had eight points and four boards; while Kamal Tall had seven points and six boards.

Again: Ridiculously good game. Proud of all of the guys.

SFU 76 @ CWU 90

The Wildcats had Naim Ladd back. ‘Nuff said. No, actually the Clan maintained presence in it for a long while, they just didn’t hit shots down the stretch; had they, even a few more, it would have been a really exciting game almost the entire time. It wasn’t a super bad blowout by any means.

Clan highlights: Michael Provenzano had five assists; Othniel Spence had nine points off the bench. Collectively the Clan shot almost 80% from the free throw line.

Wildcat highlights: Dom Hunter had 27 points; Terry Dawn (and his fan club, Lordy!) had 10 points and eight boards; Fuquan continues with 13 points, 10 boards, and five blocks; and Chris-Michael Garret had five boards. off the bench Cameron Burton had five points; Naim Ladd had nine points; and Jawan Stepney had 12 points.

Good effort by the Clan, congrats to the Wildcats on getting their circulatory system back. We feel like Dom Hunter is the heart, and Fuquan Niles is the spinal cord, but apparently they struggle to function without Naim, thus circulatory system.

UAA 71 @ WOU 89

Shout-out to the WOU social media team for actually responding and posting updates once they were told the Feed was down. Ridiculously appreciated!

Seawolf highlights: Suki had 23 points while being 12-14 from the line; Diante Mitchell had 15 points; and Spencer Svejcar had 13 points. Off the bench Damien Fulp had seven points.

Odd that Corey and Connor have no rebounding highlights, but the game overall had a really low number of rebounds available, so initially we were like “wow, WOU did a good job!” but no, just no one really grabbed many boards.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 19 points, six assists, and overall a full house; Ali had 22 points; and JJ Chirnside had 10 points and five boards. The WOU bench was monstrous this game: Demetrius had 11 points; Bryan Berg had six points; Isaiah Edwards had seven points; and Connor Thompson had five points and six boards. Maybe not so monstrous, but almost everyone put up numbers, which is rarely seen.

Not too much of an exciting game as far as we could tell, but congrats to the Wolves on officially clinching their berth in the conference tournament.

UAF 75 @ CU-PDX 77

We’d list them as CU-P but you all would laugh at it every time, so… CU-PDX continues. We have no idea what happened in this game because of the continuing ineptness of Concordia’s staff, but it is what it is. What’s odd is their NAIA conference is usually all up on the updates, so why they’re sucking at the NCAA D2 level when it wouldn’t have been tolerated on the NAIA D2 level is awful. We’re incredibly annoyed by it partly because we like to know what’s up and partly because we like the Cavs so we’re genuinely curious as to what’s up.

Nook highlights: Nahjee played 40 minutes; Bangaly had 12 points; LaDonavan Wilder grabbed seven boards; Zach Pederson had 11 points and six boards; and Brandon Davis continues on with 40 minutes and 11 points. Off the bench Spencer Clark had five points and four boards; while Michael Kluting had 12 points and seven boards.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had 21 points and eight boards amongst a full house; Latrell Wilson STARTED and had 15 points; Christopher Edward had nine boards and nine points; Jarrett Gray had 10 points; and off the bench Davis Nuaimi had nine points; while Tre’ Vance had 10 points.

We assume this was an exciting game. Congrats to the Cavs on the win!

Congrats to all on great effort displayed! POW will be up tomorrow on schedule and then the ‘Standings’ chart will be updated tonight.


Conference Game Day #17

Here we go! We wrote this while at CWU/SFU.

SMU 80 @ SPU 77

Brutal game. Learning game for the Falcons –they had been up by a bit and then went through a major scoring drought, so… With that scoring drought, it’s kind of impressive that they managed to keep it as close as they did. We’re aware they were missing a player, but injuries happen. Everyone’s missing someone typically so we’re not super concerned about it. They could have won this game against a very good SMU team and they didn’t; simple as that.

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had 16 points and five boards; Jordan Kitchen had 12 points and five fouls; Rhett Baerlocher had five boards; Tyler Copp continues to impress with 17 points; and Fred Jorg added six boards. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 13 points; and Brandon Kenilvort had 15 points and seven boards.

Falcon highlights: Tony Miller had 33 points and 15 boards; Gavin Long had 14 points and went 10-10 from the line. Off the bench Nathan Streufert had nine boards and six points; and Hunter Eisenhower had six points.

SPU 75 @ MSUB 70

Again: youth. SPU led by 13 at one point and let the Jackets back in. Congrats Jackets on a battle well-fought. Falcon highlights: Tony Miller had 13 points and six boards; Joe Rasmussen had 22 points and five boards; Gavin Long had 25 points an, six boards, and four assists on great shooting; and off the bench Nathan Streufert grabbed seven boards.

Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had five boards; Marc Matthews had nine points; Jace Anderson grabbed four boards and picked up four assists. Bench play was big for the jackets and in that: Kendall Denham had 11 points and five fouls; Zack Lessinger had 12 points and eight boards; and Cinco durr added five points.

SFU 82 @ NNU 88

Crusaders pulled it out at home, thanks to some okay defense. Not too many highlights for SFU, but a remarkably close score from a program that’s clearly on the upswing. Congrats Crusaders on getting it done.

Clan highlights: Iziah had 20 points and five fouls; Michael Provenzano had 18 points and eight boards while being 12—12 from the charity stripe; and JJ Pankratz had 23 points and seven boards. Off the bench Tyrell Lewin had sven boards.

Crusader highlights: Bouna played 40 minutes and had five boards and 25 points; Kaileb Rodriguez had 15 points; and Maurice Jones was AMAZING AGAIN and had 13 points and 18 boards. Off the bench Carlos Garcia had 10 points; Pol Olivier played r40 minutes (off the bench?) and had 10 points; and Jayden Bezzant had 15 points on great shooting.

UAF 61 @ WOU 68

Close game the whole time and then WOU managed to put it away at home, of course on the back of Tanner Omlid.

Nook highlights: Bangaly had 12 points; Zach Pederson had 15 points and 15 boards, wow; and Brandon Dvis had another 40 minute game. Off the bench Michael Kluting had seven points in just nine minutes.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 13 points and 17 boards; Ali had 11 points; JJ Chirnside had 12 points; and off the bench Malik made some noise with 17 points, finally. We were wondering where the numbers were.

Great job to the Nooks for keeping it close -really great score, the Wolves did a good job shutting down Brandon Davis offensively, although defensively he did a great job at continuing the quest and not letting it bring him down.

WWU 85 @ CWU 73

A very normal score. Odd. CWU as noted –not a bad score. WWU is a really good team. They’re not playing for a spot in the tournament at this point, but for their seeding.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford played 40 minutes, went 8-8 from the line, and grabbed seven boards; Blake Fernandez had a great game with 12 points, five boards, and seven assist with zero turnovers; Daulton Hommes had eight boards; and off the bench Deandre Dickson had 17 points and 12 boards for the double-double; while Trevor Jasinsky had eight boards and six points.

Wildcat highlights: Dom Hunter had 24 points and six boards; Terry Dawn had nine points; Fuquan gonna Fuquan with 14 points and 14 boards; and off the bench Chris-Michael Garret had six points, five boards, five assists, and four steals, um, YEAH -he also had a block, so full house.

Not as rivalry game-ish as we maybe expected, but congrats to the Vikings on the win!

UAA 67 @ CUPDX 68

Overtime game. We honestly have no idea what went on because Concordia dropped the ball on updating the stats. Sorry UAA =( We apologize to them because home fans whatever, but especially with one of the Alaska schools, really? Really? You’re really going to drop the ball against a fan base that has a legitimate excuse to not be at the game?

Seawolf highlights: Suki had 11 boards; Diante had 14 points while playing the entire 45 minutes; Spencer Svejcar got in foul trouble and thus only sad 23 minutes but still added 12 points and five fouls; Corey Hammell had 12 points and nine boards; and Connor Devine had seven boards and six blcoks in a whopping 41 minutes.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had nine boards; Latrell finally started and grabbed six boards; Christopher Edward grabbed nine boards and had five fouls; Jarrett Gray had six boards; and 13 points; and off the bench Davis nuauimi had seven points; and Tre Vance had five points.

Congrats to the Cavs on a game well fought, but boooo to your social media department.

Conference Game Day #18 (from last night) will be up soon.

Previewing Tonight’s Games

All times pacific.

SPU @ MSUB @ 4:15pm

Who knows? Not us. SPU just lost a game to SMU by a mere three, even while having a couple of massive scoring droughts. MSUB just got swept by the Alaska schools, which is no fun. It’s hard to play at MSUB, SPU/MSUB is rivalry-ish, which is beyond strange. The schools have been playing each other for a long time, the last several years both have almost entirely bald coaching staffs meanwhile being travel partners, and the games have been crazy intense. On the one hand we’re like “MSUB is so skilled, they’re amazing, they’re at home, they’re going to win.” And yet SPU is making a push and regardless as to what can or cannot happen, it’s important to finish strong.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SFU @ NNU @ 6pm

SFU just got a nice win over WOU. NNU just got swept by Spartin. NNU is playing at home and is a good team and we tend to think they’ll win, but this is a year that anything can and will happen, so… The potential for SFU to get the win is definitely there.

Prediction: NNU wins -no idea on the score.

UAF @ WOU @ 7:30pm

WOU flat out needs to bounce back after the SFU and WWU losses, UAF wants to win, but the Wolves should be entirely fired up at this point. Every game is a pick ’em if you ask us, but this is one that the Wolves should pull out -homecourt, blah blah. It’s not that UAF isn’t 100% capable of beating them even in these circumstances, it’s that there are likely too many guys at WOU that are ready to simply WILL the Wolves to a win.

Prediction: WOU -no idea on the score.

WWU @ CWU @ 8pm.

CWU doesn’t have Naim Ladd and so there’s a desire amongst that fanbase to think the sky is falling. We relate, but in this case we don’t agree. First and foremost: Y’all have Fuquan. Second of all: This is a rivalry game. This is a big, massive, huge, crazy, insane, best-game-of-the-year level rivalry game. This is the Apple Cup of D2 basketball. Anything can and will happen. Still, we’re going to go against our gut:

Prediction: WWU wins.

UAA @ CU-PDX @ 8:15pm

Concordia is a good team, but UAA has far more to play for. The GNAC champ doesn’t get the autobid by any means, but UAA should be in “kill everyone” mode, especially before a big game against WOU on Saturday. Will they over look the Cavs? Again, it’s not a matter of the Cavs not being able to beat the Seawolves, it’s a matter of ‘who sees this win as live or die?’ maybe that’s Concordia, but more likely it’s Anchorage. We’re curious to see how Drew and Christopher Edwards do against an elite rebounding team like the Seawolves.

Prediction: UAA wins.

Should be a great night of basketball. Tweet at us if you want.


Player-of-the-Week is… Maurice Jones!

His shooting from the field against SPU was gag worthy, but the Falcons still couldn’t keep him out of the paint, and thus… He had a good game, including picking up five fouls. Against Saint Martin’s he actually was effective, playing forty minutes, grabbing 11 boards, and using four out of his five fouls. A huge reason the score (90-81) doesn’t look like a blowout is because Maurice Jones’ motor never stopped and the coaches never pulled him. We like that attitude -let him pick up his four fouls, you’re not going to be any safer with him out of the game than you are with him in it. Go big or go home.

Going home may be the thing for Mo. He hails from Riverside, California, a city that’s coming to live in infamy here on the GNAC blog -it’s where Cal Baptist is located duh duh duhhhh. They’re really good at basketball, they have deep pockets, they’re in a great location, overall: they’re a big threat, Mo hasn’t utilized a redshirt year as far as we can tell, and there’s already an NNU to CBU pipeline via Alex. We don’t blame him if he leaves in the slightest, we just hope he doesn’t because we’re selfish and think he’s amazing and would rather have him stay and be amazing in the GNAC.

So… Congrats Mo! Hopefully this isn’t our last time naming you player-of-the-week. Good luck against Burningham!

Player-of-the-Week Noms!

So many great performances this week, lots of great single game performances, but plenty of guys that rocked it for the weekend as well.

UAF: Brandon Davis -continues to will that team on.
UAA: Spencer Svejcar -Is the Man, once again. Like the Aloe Blacc song is pretty much about him at this point. Preston Beverly, next year, hopefully.
SFU: Kedar Wright!! So excited about this one, two great performances including a nice win against WOU.
WWU: Taylor -cray cray for Tay Tay, ’nuff said.
SPU: N/A —> Donated to Rhett Baerlocher of SMU, who was a MONSTER from 3 point land on both nights. Awesome.
SMU: Cole Preston, Point guard of the year. Not official yet, but the performances throughout this season have been incredible.
MSUB: Marc Matthews -did his dardnest against the Alaska schools, didn’t walk away with a win, but two very respectable performances.
CWU: N/A —> Donated to Brandon Kenilvort of SMU -great rebounding performance against both Cenazar schools.
NNU: Maurice Jones needs to stay for another year and not be another one-and-gone NNU player.
CU-PDX: Drew Martin -continues to carry the load. He was impressive in the WWU game, even with the lopsided score.
WOU: N/A —> Donated to Corey Hammell of UAA; not much from the field but grabbed boards and made his free throws = two good performances.

Congrats to all of the guys nominated, winner’ll be up soon!

Conference Game Day #16

Whoaaaa. What a night. Root Root for the Home Team  -first time that’s happened all year. Simon Fraser got their first in-conference win, there were a lot of blow-outs, and some interesting stuff in the SPU/CWU game.

CWU 61 @ SPU 79

We’re probably biased when we say this, but it wasn’t a blowout. Don’t let the fact that SPU led by between 9 and 13 for a majority fool you; that’s three possessions and in a rivalry game that means exactly nothing. CWU decided to foul at the end and so 18 happened, but they were in it until the last two minutes. Also CWU fans: Naim Ladd may be gone, but SPU didn’t have Tony Miller, so… Fair is fair. Injuries are a part of basketball, but in that sense it was completely even because both teams were missing a key starter.

Wildcat highlights: Dom Hunter grabbed six boards; Jawan Stepney had 16 points and eight boards; and Fuquan had five boards. The Wildcats got some impressive bench play including: Cameron Burton had five fouls; Jerome Bryant had seven points; Sage Woodruff had 13 points; and Chris-Michael Garrett had seven points.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 24 points and nine boards; Joe Rasmussen had six boards and 15 points; Olivier-Paul Betu had 12 points; and Gavin Long had 10 points and five boards. Off the bench Sharif Khan had eight points; and Nathan Streufert had seven points and 12 boards.

CWU, don’t be Chicken Little. Your world isn’t over because Naim is out; you’re still a good team -we love Sage Woodruff, maybe you should start him? You guys still have plenty of good players, and you’ll be able to make noise in the conference tournament. Nothing means anything this year in terms of going from one game to the next. Congrats Falcons on getting you redemption and a nice rivalry win.

CU-PDX 64 @ WWU 87

We don’t even know what happened in this game. We were sitting there not really paying attention to the first few minutes because who cares the game is 40 minutes long and then next thing we knew WWU was up 20. Like in the first three minutes. It was insane and we’re still confused, but congrats Viks! You is scary. Concordia, you still had lots of great moments.

Cavalier highlights: Drew Martin had a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards; Christopher Edward had five boards and five fouls; and off the bench Dennis Ahana had six points; and Latrell Wilson had 14 points.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had six boards, four assists, four steals, and 21 points; Blake Fernandez had nine points and seven boards; Logan Schilder made a statement with 10 boards and four blocks; Daulton Hommes had a quiet game with 12 points and no credited rebounds(??); and Jeffrey Parker had 19 points. Off the bench Brett Kingma went 3-3 from downtown and finished with nine points; Deandre Dickson had 10 points and seven boards; and Trevor Jasinsky had five boards.

One of the most normal games of the year, arguably. Concordia, don’t take this loss to heart -you’re a good team and so is WWU.

WOU 63 @ SFU 68

Interesting. Curious. Peculiar. WOU had been playing badly, SFU had been threatening an upset, and this was the game those things were consummated. Congratulations to all.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 13 points, 11 boards, and five fouls; Ali went 8-9 from the line; and off the bench Akil Reese had seven points and five boards; while Bryan Berg had 10 points; and Connor Thompson had four boards.

Clan highlights: Kedar Wright had 11 boards and 19 points; Iziah had 17 points and 11 boards; Michael Provenzano had 12 points and six assists; and off the bench Tyrell Lewin had four boards.

Big congrats to the Clan for getting the ‘W’ and big congrats to the Wolves for hopefully getting this out of your system.

NNU 81 @ SMU 90

While the CWU/SPU game was never a blowout even though the Falcons won by 19, this game was never close even though the Saints won by only 9. They absolutely decimated the Crusaders from start to finish. The Crusaders ended up with oddly okay numbers because the Saints let off the gas, but don’t let said numbers fool you -this was a butt whooping on all fronts. Although similarly: Don’t let that fool you about NNU. We believe in the Crusaders this year, this just wasn’t their game. Go figure? Congrats Saints.

Crusader highlights: Jayden Bezzant had 21 points and five boards while going 7-8 from the line; Bouna had five boards; Kaileb Rodriguez had 10 points and five boards; and Maurice Jones played 40 full minutes and had 26 points and 11 boards. Good on the coaching staff for keeping the pedal to the metal and never letting the blowout get in these guys heads. 100% at all times on all days.

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had 22 points, five boards, and a whopping seven assists; Jordan Kitchen had nine points; Tyler Copp had 18 points; and Brandon Kenilvort had 11 boards and 10 points. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 11 points; and Rhett Baerlocher had a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards.

Congrats to the Saints on a nice demolishing, congrats to the Crusaders on keeping Fred quiet -Maurice Jones, ya done good.

MSUB 58 @ UAA 74

This game couldn’t decide whether or not it wanted to be interesting. Initially we thought the score wasn’t being updated because no one was scoring at all. That can happen when good teams go up against each other, although we weren’t actually watching so we couldn’t tell you whether it was because both teams were playing well or both teams were playing badly. UAA would walk it up and then MSUB would reel them back in and back and forth and then UAA said “No. We’re done.” And you have the score above. Congrats Seawolves!

Yellowjacket highlights: Marc Matthews had 17 points and five boards; Jace Anderson had 22 points; and off the bench Jordan Perry had 12 points.

Seawolf highlights: Suki had 28 points and nine boards; Diante Mitchell had 10 points; Spencer Svejcar had 17 points and nine boards; Corey Hammell went 8-8 from the line, finishing with a double double of 10 points and 10 boards; and Connor Devine picked up four blocks and five fouls. Off the bench Ashton Pomrehn scored five points; and Travis Parrish grabbed four boards.

The Seawolves kept the sophomore superstar quiet and while the Yellowjackets did their dardnest, they couldn’t overcome it. Still, great job to the Seawolves for accomplishing that and to the Jackets for having moments of where it looked like they were overcoming it.

………….. We’re still discombobulated with these scores. For a lot of reasons. Great night of basketball, congrats to all on bests put forward! POW stuff will go up tomorrow.