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!
Good morning! What a night of games we had and so let’s jump right in.
SFU 74 @ UAF 80
That score looks way closer than it was. For the most part UAF was leading by 10+. Are we surprised? Not really. While we liked the Clan last year, they’ve regressed despite returning everyone. The Nooks have been looking really good and you mix that with home court advantage and you get a result like this. That said: SFU did all they could there at the end to make game of it and they did get closer.
Clan highlights: Mike Provenzano had a full house; Jasdeep Singh went 9-10 from the line, had a full house, and picked up eight boards; and Julian Roche had six boards and 10 points in limited minutes (no foul trouble). Off the bench Matt Kiatipis had a whopping 11 points in five minutes on great shooting; and Mike Hannan had seven points and five boards.
Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz was back with a vengeance, picking up 30 points and six steals while going a whopping 10-10 from the line; Spencer Sweet was better than ever, scoring 23 points, grabbing eight boards, and procuring five steals; Koby Huerta shot well and had 12 points; and ff the bench Markel Banks had four boards and four steals.
Honestly: We have no idea what was up with SFU because the numbers are complete trash. While we think UAF is good, SFU was clearly have a very, very off night. One interesting note of the match-up is that UAF barely used Mawich at all; we’re assuming it’s because Julian Roche outweighs him by 30lbs and it’s not worth the risk, but interesting strategy nonetheless. Congrats to the Nooks on a convincing victory.
WWU 74 @ UAA 70
Great game. Just as you would see the Vikings walking up, UAA would come right back. Definitely a heartbreaking loss for the Seawolves, but… All the more reason to avenge it later in the season on their return trip to Carver.
Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 16 points, five boards, and five assists; Siaan Rojas had seven boards; LOGAN SCHILDER had 17 points and a whopping 14 rebounds; Jalen Green had 14 points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 11 points, six boards, and five assists; and off the bench RJ Secrest had seven points while going 5-6 from the line.
Seawolf highlights: NIko Bevens had 12 points; and Jack Macdonald had 13 points. Off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had eight points, nine assists, and six boards; Tyler Brimhall had 15 points and nine boards; and Oggie Pantovic had 16 points and four boards.
UAA continues to mess with their starting line, we really think they should take heart from this loss; WWU played as well as they have all year, their numbers were all fantastic, and yet the Seawolves still only lost by four. That says good things and it says that WWU is definitely beatable by UAA, so… Congrats to the Viks on their victory and a great game to all.
SPU 80 @ CU-PDX 55
Interesting game, interesting atmosphere. Props to the Concordia fans; every time their team would hit a shot, the reaction was that the shot was to take the lead, despite the fact that it definitely was not. That said, it was close for a bit, and then SPU’s Gavin Long went down and we were like “oh, maybe this is going to be really competitive” but nope. Somehow you take out SPU’s senior leader and arguable best player and… They still win by 25 because of course they do; not even we were expecting that.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had six boards among a full house of stats; Divant’e Moffitt had six boards; Filip Fullerton had six boards; Shaw Anderson had 11 points; and despite playing only six minutes, Gavin Long had nine points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had eight points; Mehdi El Mardi had four boards; Jacob Medjo had four boards and six points; and GABE COLOSIMO had 17 points.
Cavs highlights: Xavier Smith had 17 points; Hunter Sweet had 10 points and five boards; and Dakota Ayala had a whopping 13 boards. Off the bench Brendan Ritschard had eight points; Isaac Morrow had five points; and Caleb Larsen had five points.
Honestly: The Falcons numbers confuse us just a bit, because really… No one played especially well, with the exception of Gabe Colosimo and the brief appearance of Gavin Long. It was a full team effort that ended in the throttling of Concordia, but Concordia actually did a really good job in defending the Falcons. Dakota Ayala also didn’t break his face at any point, which last year it seemed like every game he did, so that’s exciting too. While it was a loss for the Cavs by 25… It didn’t feel that way, it felt closer, so we’ll continue pondering them. Perhaps as the experience is gained throughout the season they’ll get a bit hotter.
SMU 73 @ WOU 108
Good lord. It seems like SMU is regressing, although… The numbers aren’t bad, so maybe WOU is just maturing and getting into super power mode. We’d be good with that. That said, the Wolves “only” won by 35, so as much as the three digits makes it look insane, it’s not like the Saints lost by 50. Bright side.
Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had 14 points; Demonte Molloy had 13 points and five fouls; CJ Jennings had six boards and five fouls; and Marky Adams had a quiet night for Marky with 11 points and six boards. Off the bench Logan Rooney had 11 points; and Caden Smith had six points.
Wolves highlights: Cameron Cranston had 16 points among six boards and four steals; DALVEN BRUSHIER had an insane 37 points and six assists; and Darius Lubom had 14 points and eight boards. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 11 points; Antonio Salinas had six points; and Zach Baugher had five points and four boards.
The Saints had a whopping 27 turnovers, what the heck? Nice harassment, WOU. While we’ve been thinking WOU is good and will contend for an at-large, we still don’t think the Saints are truly as bad as this loss makes them look. We’re not sure where they fall, but still probably mid-GNAC-ish? CWU and Concordia below them and then we’ll see how they match-up with MSUB next week, which should be interesting. Congrats to the Wolves on a dominating win.
CWU 72 @ NNU 70
!!!!!!!!! Nicely done CWU, and at NNU of all places; NNU is hard to play at. It was back and forth all game and then CWU clinched it. We would call it a huge victory in regard to CWU finally getting over the hump, but also not term it as a huge loss for NNU; it was close and CWU is going to beat some teams. The Nighthawks can get revenge on the return trip.
Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 13 poitns and six boards; Xavier Smith had 10 points; and KEVIN BAKER had 22 points and six boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 11 points; Gamaun Boykin had six points; and Matt Poquette had four boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had 11 points; George Reidy went 4-5 from the line; and Spider had 10 points and nine boards. Off the bench ZEKE ALLEY had 18 points; and Jayden Bezzant had 10 boards and five assists.
Weird starting line-ups for both teams and arguably for both it worked. It seemed like a very molasses-y game and in the case of the Wildcats we’ll be curious to see what they do against MSUB. In the case of the Nighthawks… Here’s what they did against MSUB:
NNU 85 @ MSUB 72
Close-ish game, but never got super dicey, so that’s a nice win for NNU. We had it as a pick ’em, but… One guy can’t do it all. We love you Brendan!
Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz was back in form and had 19 points and five boards; George Reidy had a full house among 11 points; Jayden Bezzant was back in the starting line-up and had 14 points and seven boards; and off the bench ZEKE ALLEY had a whopping 27 points including being 4-4 from three.
Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond finally had a good game with 17 points; TYLER GREEN had 19 points; Brendan Howard had 22 points and seven boards; and off the bench Psalm Maduakor had four boards.
Really good match-up overall, nice to see NNU bounce back. This’ll be another game in the second half that we’ll be excited to see what happens. Not a ton say about ti through simply because it was a matter of NNU having more talent than MSUB straight-up.
Great night of games. We’re convinced that the floor under the basket in front of Concordia’s bench is cursed; three guys got injured in that area last night, two Falcons, one Cavalier, so… Beware of that when you go there. We’re not even convinced it’s anything CU-PDX facilities could fix; it’s just simply cursed. Is what it is.
Tomorrow’s game day previews will be up in the AM.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
We were going to blog last night, but then we didn’t, and yet we woke up this morning excited to tell you all about what happened AND already longing for Thursday and our trek down to Portland. Life is good. And the games last night were interesting, so let’s talk about them.
UAF 68 @ SPU 86
So yesterday when we did our preview, we didn’t discuss SPU at all because we feel like we’re too close to the situation. As much as we still love Fairbanks and think they’re a great team, we think SPU is decently unique in their ability to counteract the Nanooks. Much as the Nooks have a bunch of different guys that can be relied upon, so too do the Falcons, and so it didn’t matter how UAF rotated, someone on the SPU team was ready to play lock down D.
Nanook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz went 9-9 from the line; Spencer Sweet had nine points; Quinn Daugharty had five boards; and Koby Huerta had 14 points. Off the bench Zach Hatch had five points; and Alex Sommerfield had 17 points and five boards.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 10 boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 14 points and five assists; SHAW ANDERSON had 33 points and nine boards; Gavin Long had 14 points and seven boards; and off the bench Gabe Colosimo had six points.
While not much bench play was credited to the Falcons, Jacob Medjo did play some insanely critical minutes against Mawich Kachjaani, and that was a great match-up. Mawich is tiny and seems like he could be prone to getting guys in foul trouble, but in this case Jacob Medjo is just as tiny and so they were battling in the paint in their insanely long but insanely tiny bodies and it was AMAZING.
UAA 96 @ SMU 57
This was never a game, ever. Honestly, we dislike the Saints new court so much and we’re kind of wondering if it’s a point of aggravation that works against them. The court is so obnoxious that everyone just wants to get in and get the heck out. All that said, the Seawolves starting line-up was back to normal, so that was semi-exciting too.
Seawolf highlights: Tyler Brimhall had 10 points and six boards; and Niko Bevens had 23 points and seven boards. Off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had five points, five steals, and five assists; Tyrus Hosley had 18 points; Tobin Karlberg had 14 points; Keegan Crosby had four boards; and Oggie Pantovic had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards on good-to-great shooting.
Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had five boards; CJ Jennings had 23 points; and John Moore had nine points.
It was an absolute blow-out, so not a ton to write home about, but… Some interesting contemplations in regard to the conference round robin with regard to SMU killing NNU before getting killed by UAA. We’ll see what comes of it.
CWU 57 @ SFU 75
Not gonna lie, SFU was killing CWU and so we turned off the game for a while, but then ultimately clicked back just out of curiosity and sure enough, the score was 34-33 Clan at halftime. CWU made a fight of it for a good bit, but… Simon Fraser is definitely a second half team and that was that.
Wildcat highlights: Xavier Smith had 11 points; Kevin Baker had 13 points and five boards; and Matt Poquette had nine points. Off the bench Marqus Gilson had eight points; and Tariq Woody had seven points and five boards.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had five boards; Jasdeep Singh had five assists; Julian Roche had 17 points and 11 boards for the double-double among a full house of stats; and Mike Hannan started in place of Wil Balata and had nine points among a full house of stats. Off the bench David Penney had seven points among a smattering of field stats; Wil Balata went 8-11 from the line and finished with 12 points and six boards; and Drew Bryson had five points.
We like Wil coming off the bench. Mike Hannan is the better all around player, while Wil is more of a shooter, but the starting line-up already has so many shooters that it seems like overkill. Having Mike Hannan in there as a person that absolutely doesn’t need the ball the way Wil does worked out fantastically; having Wil also gave wayyy more juice to the second unit, so we really like the move. Not sure what this game really implies, but definitely a good chance for the Clan to go out and run before heading up to the always difficult Alaska schools next week.
NNU 59 @ WWU 84
This was never a game. Ever. The Vikings came out and dominated, which is leading us to think that it’s athleticism that kills the Nighthawks. It wasn’t like WWU was playing out of their minds; the numbers are pretty normal, but… The Nighthawks just couldn’t get anything together. And this was while playing in Carver while students were gone. We can only imagine what the score would have been like if the students were there. Count your blessings Nighthawks.
Nighthawk highlights: Jayden Bezzant had five assists. Off the bench Zeke Alley had 15 points and five boards; while Gabe Murphy had seven boards.
Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had six assists; SIAAN ROJAS had 15 points and 11 boards; Logan Schilder had 13 points among a smattering of field stats; Jalen Green had 17 points and seven boards among a flawless full house; Trevor Jasinsky had 10 points and five boards, also among a full house of stats; and off the bench Cameron Retherford had 13 points.
We’ll be curious to see the Nighthawks bounce back; they have a good opportunity on Tuesday when they host the Wildcats. WWU is now on a 2-0 streak as they get ready to head up to face what appear to be decently formidable Alaska schools, so that should be good.
MSUB 85 @ CU-PDX 73
About what we expected. Billings won comfortably, but it was by no means a blow-out, and CU-Portland put up better numbers than they have in any other game this season.
Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had 17 points and six boards; Zharon Richmond had 11 points, five boards, and five fouls; Tyler Green had five boards; and Brendan Howard had a bit of an off game with 20 points and eight boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had six points and six boards; and Psalm Maduakor had 15 points and eight boards.
Cavs highlights: Russell Tillery had 15 points; Xavier Smith had 11 points; Hunter Sweet had seven boards; and Dakota Ayala had 25 points and nine boards.
We like a lot of the numbers put up by both teams, it’s just hard to take them seriously because the numbers are so different from what these two teams have put up against any other teams. Billings is facing CWU and NNU this week, while CU-Portland will face the Puget Sound schools, so… We’ll see what happens.
There’s a lot of really curious results and implications now that we have two weeks of conference play under our belts. We also want to check in with the other two conferences and see what’s going on there. Non-con suggested that it’s the CCAA, then the GNAC, then the Pac-West, but… We’ll see. This coming week is another week of super interesting games, so… Lots on the horizon.
We’ll see you all tomorrow morning for Player-of-the-Week nominations and winner, and then hopefully mid-week for the first ‘Discussions’ post we’ll have had reason to write in a few years.
Congrats to all on a great weekend of games.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Up a little bit late, and so… Let’s jump right in.
All times pacific. <— All times are being played in pacific time regardless today (and on Thursday) but ah well. Rituals.
MSUB @ CU-PDX @ 2pm
MSUB played WOU respectably, while at the same time we feel like this could be a chance for CU-Portland to pick up a win? Do we seriously think it’s going to happen? No. But it could happen, which is a lot more than can be said about other CU-PDX games this year. The Brendan/Dakota match-up should be good and we’re curious to see the types of numbers put up, because the strategy likely to be employed by CU-PDX will likely be different than we’ve seen of other, better teams. Our thought would be that CU-Portland would in fact try to shut down Brendan, with the thought being that if they can do that, there’s such a drop-off with other MSUB players that the game becomes decently evenly matched. Now, how they’ll shut down Brendan is anyone’s guess; we would probably veer toward a by-committee approach rather than just throwing Dakota at him the entire time, because if you just throw Dakota at him, Dakota is simply going to end up in foul trouble and then BH can do what he wants regardless and now the Cavs are down their second best player. That said, we’ll see.
Prediction: MSUB wins.
UAF @ SPU @ 4:15pm
We’re sooo excited to watch this game. We really like the numbers and rotations UAF has been putting up and so it could and should be decently dicey. In our post non-con review, UAF is really the only “outlier” team that we see having a legitimate shot to vie for the autobid in the conference tournament -outlier meaning that there’s still a reasonable chance they don’t even make the conference tournament, but if they do they have massive upset potential. The fact is, the Nanooks have a crazy number of guys that have had crazy good games, which means they’re not relying on one person to get hot, but can rely on any number of them. We’ve seen greatness out of Shadeed Shabazz, Spencer Sweet, Quinn Daugharty, Koby Huerta, Mawich Kachjaani, Keshaun Howard, and Alex Sommerfield. While they’re not consistent, the odds are there on any given night that SOMEONE is going to be out of their mind, which means teams have to be super flexible in their game planning because you don’t know who it’s going to be and UAF has proven that they’re willing to get it to the hot hand. Super dangerous.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
UAA @ SMU @ 5pm
Another really great game. UAA is coming off a close loss to SPU, SMU is coming off of a loss to UAF that just screamed “inexperience,” which makes sense because they’re so young and so new. Every game has the potential to be that game where the Saints come together or where they completely fall apart. There’s really no telling what could happen in this game, because SMU has a pretty tight line-up, while UAA has been so inconsistent that Rusty Osborne has taken to completely swapping things in attempts to inject energy and so ultimately the guys settle down and settle in. We’ll see what happens in this game; we see it as a situation where either team could lose close, or UAA could win big, but SMU would at most win by seven or so.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CWU @ SFU @ 7pm
This game feels very similar to the MSUB/CU-PDX game. SFU is the better team, but there’s not enough of a gap so the answer is obvious. While SFU has a good home court advantage, the fact is that CWU is 0-3 and likely know this is one of their better chances to actually pick-up a win. The bad news is that the tables have turned and when we think of the SFU team, there are so many guys that can get hot and make shots, and the Wildcats just haven’t shown that yet this year. They can keep things close, they can take things down to the wire, but there’s no guy on the team that we would describe as ‘reliable’ just yet. This would be a good game for Gamaun Boykin, Matt Poquette, and Kevin Baker to all really step up their defense (if possible) and dig in, but… Will it happen? Not sure. With SFU, the big things to keep an eye on will be Wil Balata not taking stupid shots and then Mike Provenzano and Mike Hannan continuing to click into gear, particularly Mike Hannan on defense.
Prediction: SFU wins.
NNU @ WWU @ 7pm
THIS SHOULD BE AN AMAZING GAME. WWU is more talented but NNU is better fundamentally. NNU is another team that we’ve been waiting to fully click into gear because we truly believe in their guys and their abilities, it’s just a matter of locking them down and tightening things up. WWU it’s pretty near impossible for them to tighten things up, but they are really talented and so… We’ll see how much more talented they are than NNU. We really don’t think the gap is that big, and so if NNU can be self-disciplined with their shooting, they should have a really great chance of procuring another ‘W.’ That said, as much as we like them; they still got blown out by an SMU team that looks very middle-of-the-pack, so they also could lose big to this super talented Vikings team. We shall see.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
All this post has made us think is that we finally want to start coaching again. Alas, it’ll have to wait until April because we’re busy with you all until the end of March.
Today we’ll be at SPU in our usual spot. Come say ‘hi’ if you want.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC, and we’ll see y’all tomorrow morning.
Gooood morning and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It was another great night of basketball, even if results were less-than-desired for some of us, and so… Let’s talk about it.
#2 SPU 63 vs. #3 SMU 67
This game was amazing. It epitomizes March. Both teams wanted it. Both teams are talented. We’re happy to see EJ Boyce click back into gear, and hope he even cranks it up one more notch against Point Loma on Monday. This game really could have gone to either team; SPU led by four at the half, SMU ended up winning by four at the end.
Saints highlights: Luke Chavez had 10 points, seven boards, and four assists; Jordan Kitchen had seven boards; Rhett Baerlocher had five boards; and EJ BOYCE had 17 points. Off the bench BJ Standley had 18 points; and Tavian Henderson had eight points.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 13 points; Gavin Long had 16 points and five boards. Off the bench Sam Simpson had 11 boards and went 5-6 from the line; and Divant’e Moffitt had 11 points on great shooting.
The Saints out-rebounded the Falcons 39-33, so that’s exciting. SMU played absolutely elite and stifling defense. The lack of numbers from the SPU starters is huge, although somewhat unsurprising because Nathan Streufert has cooled as the year has gone on, and then Coleman Wooten and Nikhil Lizotte are both really 50/50 from the field; they’re either warm or cold, but rarely have “okay” shooting games. This game they were cold and some of it was a product of the SMU defense, but some of it was just them not making shots. Senior leaders gotta lead and that’s what the SMU seniors did while the Falcon seniors did not.
We’re honestly fine with this result; we love SMU, go to tons of SMU games, always have a great time, we love the SMU players, but… It was a ref show. To the point that both coaches got frustrated about it, even though it was going in one direction and that was in favor of SMU. SPU’s Sam Simpson got a technical. Sam Simpson is 6’8/210 with a giant wingspan and one of the most laidback basketball players we’ve ever met. Nothing phases him. He’s just chill. Think Tim Duncan. And so Sam got the technical and there was a six point swing and ultimately SPU would lose, but…
Good teams find a way to win. SMU found a way to win. Was it entirely on them? No. But as noted above: SPU was cold, and SMU was warm. The Falcons had no answer for Jordan Kitchen in the paint, and took time to figure out an SMU offense that they’ve seen twice before. They quite honestly simply got outmanned, out-bodied, and out-played. For Falcons looking for solace: SMU graduates everybody. SPU returns every notable number of today, with the exception of Sam Simpson’s rebounding. It was a bad game for the SPU seniors to go out on, but… Y’all got one extra game. You shouldn’t have escaped the Chaminade game, and you Houdini’d it, and now congruence has returned.
#1 PLNU 73 vs. #4 UCSD 50
Honestly, as much as it was walking toward a blow-out by the end of the first half, it was a super entertaining blow-out and we enjoyed watching it. Not one team has a match for Daulton. Not one. But UCSD still has some great guys that we enjoyed watching, notably freshman Tyrell Roberts is ridiculously fantastic. Shots weren’t falling quite as well as he would have liked, but… He’s a freshman and we’re ridiculously excited to keep an eye on him for one more year -UCSD bumps up to D1 in the 2020-2021 season. The other Triton that stood out big was Chris Hansen; he’s a 6’7/245 undersized center that did a solid job against PLNU’s Ziggy Satherwaite.
UCSD highlights: Tyrell Roberts had 15 points; Chris Hansen had 14 points and nine boards; Christian Bayne had seven points and five fouls; Scott Everman had five boards; and Gabe Hadley had five fouls.
PLNU highlights: Daulton Hommes had 27 points and 11 boards; Ziggy had six boards; and Preston Beverly had seven boards. Off the bench Ben Okhotin had 10 points in just 11 minutes on perfect shooting; and Sterling Somers had four boards.
It’s funny; we loooove Preston Beverly, loved having him in the GNAC, think he’s a great player, and yet next to Daulton he looks so pedestrian. He is a great player, make no mistake, and remember that he does a lot of Daulton’s dirty work. Speaking of Daulton’s dirty work… Best thing we’ve seen in a game all year: Less than 10 seconds left in the first half, Daulton hits a long three, pats the UCSD head coach’s leg, and then runs back on D. Hilarious. Huge show of dominance. We love it. We love friendly cockiness. Find it hysterical.
Other things about this game… PLNU’s David Frohling drove us absolutely bonkers. Attention seeking celebrations on the bench that eventually got him a very deserved talking to by the whistles. We understand he draws people to games, we assume because he has an outgoing, class-clown personality, but… Dude, you’re a freshman. You made your teammates achievements all about you, and it is icky. Who knows though, maybe it’s a SoCal thing? We’re from the PNW, where humility is the name of the game.
Honestly, there really isn’t much to say about this PLNU win; it was a blow-out. It was a methodical blow-out and in many ways felt exactly like so many of our games from undergrad. Very prototypical Ryan Looney game, although admittedly also featuring arguably the best player he’s ever coached. We’re curious to see the Sea Lions against SMU.
We enjoyed both of these games. We’re enjoying being at the tournament. The Point Loma campus is beautiful, everyone has been super nice, and the weather has been perfect. We’re excited to watch SMU vs. PLNU tomorrow, and on that note…
Congrats to SPU on a good season, the game preview for PLNU vs. SMU will be up tomorrow.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Gooood morning! We are wheels up to San Diego as we’re writing this and then you’ll be reading it shortly after we touch down.
There are four potentially AMAZING games ahead of us today, and so… Let’s talk about them.
All times pacific.
#3 Saint Martin’s vs. #6 CU-Irvine @ 12pm
This game intrigues us. This is the D2 equivalent of the 5-12, and so… Saint Martin’s is going to have to be on high alert. Jordan Kitchen, Jared Matthews, and Rhett Baerlocher are likely to ultimately be the major difference makers, because regardless as to how their shots are falling, they are going to be rebounding and playing really smart basketball. The either/ors come from Luke Chavez, EJ Boyce, and BJ Standley. Can one of them get hot? We shall see. If they don’t and CU-I sticks to teamwork focused fundamental basketball, it could be a really long night for the Saints.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
#2 Seattle Pacific vs. #7 Chaminade @ 2:30pm
Personally, we’re terrified of this game. Last time SPU was a 2 seed (back in 2014), they got bounced in the first round after being up by 25 on Stanislaus. Chaminade is a really good team, they gave Point Loma all they could handle earlier this season, they made a solid run in both conference play and in the conference tournament, and the Falcons are going to have to be on their toes the whole time because it doesn’t matter what you can do, it matters what you actually do.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
#4 UC San Diego vs. #5 Cal Poly Pomona @ 5:15pm
On the one hand, we’re beyond annoyed that this game is happening. On the other hand, we’re super excited to watch it in person. The two teams have gone back-and-forth all year, they’re incredibly well matched, they matched up in the CCAA six days ago. Will their be fatigue after facing each other twice consecutively? Maybe. We could see one team go up by a fair bit and the other team reel them back in, we could see both teams being lethargic, or we could see both coming out in a fight to death. We’re hoping for the fight to the death.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
#1 Point Loma vs. #8 Western Oregon @ 7:30pm
Here’s the thing about Western Oregon: It’s a dangerous match-up because they’re good defensively, and they’re coming in hot having made the conference championship game, buuuut: that was on a neutral court. And WOU has a really, really bad record on the road. On the road they have losses to UAA, WWU, SPU, SMU, NNU, and CU-PDX. The other bad news is that SPU and Point Loma compare really favorably and WOU has two big losses to the Falcons (one home, one neutral), and there’s a running thought that Ryan Looney teams can’t win at Western Oregon, so… *rubs hands together* The Sea Lions lost to the Wolves in the Regional at WOU last year, Ryan Looney hasn’t won in that gym since 2013, and… Revenge is a dish best served hot and sweaty.
Prediction: Point Loma wins.
We’re excited. This is being posted right around halftime of the SMU/CU-I game and it’s mostly just as much of a mess as we expected.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
We realize that we ended up with the titles of these posts being a day off. It made sense in our head as we were going into the third day, but… At this point in the season, we’re exhausted. Really exhausted.
It’s times like this when we’re reaaaally glad these guys are all in their early 20s and have seemingly endless amounts of energy, because the GNAC schedule is brutal. And actually, we remember being on this schedule in undergrad and we were still exhausted. The guys have to be running on pure adrenaline.
Alright men, you have approximately three days to recover and then you’ll be on a plane to San Diego, but… More about that later.
Let’s talk about the GNAC Championship game!
The atmosphere in the gym was interesting. WWU didn’t have a ton of community members in attendance (*coughs* Lacey is better *coughs*) and so the vast majority of people that were there were friends and family of the teams, and… Things were tense. Not in a bad way, just in a “everyone is really focused on getting this win and no one trusts anything,” way.
There was no way to say which way it would go. The thing is, WOU has a number of players that can get really hot: Brandell Evans, Dalven Brushier, Kaleb Warner, Riley Hawken, Darius Lubom, and Buster Souza have all had nights of seeming unstoppable. Seattle Pacific… It’s much more balanced. They don’t necessarily have a go-to guy this year and their “shooters” (as in, guys that are elite from beyond the arc) are underclassmen.
One of our favorite sayings is “Teamwork makes the dream work,” and despite absolutely elite and phenomenal defense from the Wolves, no WOU player got “hot” and as such… Teamwork made the dream work for Seattle Pacific.
#4 Western Oregon 66 vs. #2 Seattle Pacific 78
Does the final score tell the whole story? Not really. SPU was hot early, 32% free throw shooter Coleman Wooten went 2-2 from the line early and so we wondered if something special was brewing for the Falcons, and honestly… Not really? It was a pure grind-it-out game on both sides. SPU would work up a small lead and then WOU would work back into it. Right around the three minute mark was when SPU started to go up for good, but… At the time we definitely didn’t know, because a lead of 12 is still only four possessions and with the type of defense WOU plays and the number of shooters they have, it wasn’t insurmountable if SPU got apathetic.
Ultimately, yes, SPU did win, and we swear their largest lead was by 16 there at the end before letting WOU get a couple of easy baskets knowing they were moot, but… Was it a blow-out? No. Never. WOU’s win over SMU felt like a blow-out as SMU helplessly chucked up shot after shot, even with five or six minutes left. WOU was methodical in everything they did and didn’t go to the shoot-and-hope method until the final two minutes, which actually makes strategic sense.
Wolves highlights: Etan Collins had 12 points and seven boards; and Riley Hawken had six boards. Off the bench Darius Luborn had 14 points and four boards; O’landa Baker had 13 points and five boards; Jaylyn Richardson had three assists; Buster Souza had 10 points and six boards on good shooting; and Cameron Cranston had three boards.
Falcon highlights: COLEMAN WOOTEN WENT 6-6 FROM THE LINE!!!!! and had 25 points and 11 boards for the double-double; Harry Cavell had five boards among a flawless full house of stats; Nikhil Lizotte had 14 points; and Gavin Long had 17 points. Off the bench Sam Simpson had five points and four boards among a full house of stats; and Divant’e Moffitt had seven points.
Notable things about the numbers… We’re stunned about the lack of numbers from the WOU starters. Kaleb Warner rarely gets hot, and it seems like most GNAC teams have gotten really good at shutting down Riley Hawken, but for the entirety of their starting line-up to put up a collective 24 points and 14 rebounds is insane. Credit where credit is due, Seattle Pacific defense. We’re stunned. They also forced WOU into 15 turnovers, which is an insanely high number for the Wolves. That said, it should also be noted that WOU out-rebounded the Falcons, so credit where credit is due Wolves.
This game was just amazing in every sense of the word, and yes we’re an SPU person so it ended happily in our case, but… We love these WOU players. It’s a privilege to watch them play defense. It’s beautiful to watch them get hot on offense. We keep waiting for Dalven Brushier to have another lights-out game. It was great to get to witness Kaleb Warner get hot against SMU. It’s been fantastic watching Buster Souza finally come into his own, and as much as it’s occurring late… Better late than never, and what better time than in March?
A WOU player noted to us afterward that all year they’ve thought SPU and WOU were the two best teams in the GNAC, and we completely agree. All year, SPU and WOU have been the only teams proven to have an ability to play true fundamental basketball. The thing about college basketball… A college coach can’t really teach fundamentals. There’s just not the time. If the players haven’t grown up playing fundamental basketball and cultivated those skills, they’re not going to all of a sudden appear in college, let alone be able to develop over the course of a season.
Athleticism and coaching talent can lead you to wins, but it’s rarely going to work when you come up against a team that has good-to-great coaching, athleticism, and good-to-great fundamentals, especially with everything on the line.
Now, which teams will get to put it all on the line in the West Region tournament… Is a discussion for the next post we put up.
As for the GNAC tourney experience…
Thank God WWU hosting is over. Please never again. Please never anywhere but at Saint Martin’s again.
The home court advantage thing is clearly moot and all it does is exhaust all of the players even more because of unnecessary travel. Yes, compared to Billings and Anchorage, Bellingham isn’t that bad, and it was nice that both the SFU men and women got to play close-to-home in a year when they both made it, but that was a fluke.
Saint Martin’s is advantageous for everyone because it is:
- Centrally located.
- The locals show up even when SMU isn’t playing.
- Their athletic staff is used to hosting.
- They have no power-tripping arena staff.
- Their gym has a nice intimate feel, but holds a large amount of people.
- Their concession options are good.
- Their athletic facility doesn’t share a parking lot with anyone and so it’s both conveniently located and unoccupied except for people attending the event at Marcus Pavilion.
The concessions at this tournament were seriously inadequate, and it’s not even like we’re super committed to buying arena food; we just like having the option. We opted to go hungry. They only had polish sausages and bratwursts and they ran out before the final game of the night on Thursday. No nachos, no popcorn, no pizza, only two different kinds of chips, a bit of candy, and admittedly a decent drink selection, but… Vending machines have decent drink selections and don’t charge $3 a bottle.
As for the drama during the NNU/SPU game… We’ll leave it at the fact that things were handled poorly by the higher-ups, and ♫ In one shining moment ♫ we had the clapback of our lives. One of the women called us a “F***IN’ PU**Y!!” and we responded “HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!” with a big grin. It was International Women’s Day and we will never clapback that hard again, so we’re enjoying the afterglow.
Thanks so much for a fantastic GNAC Championship game, and… The final bracketology post of the year will be up by 7pm.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
First, the SFU/WWU Week 8 Make-Up:
SFU: Jasdeep Singh
WWU: N/A —> Donated to Mike Provenzano of Simon Fraser.
In the final week of conference play, there were some absolutely AMAZING individual games, but… That’s not our MO, especially when some of the guys that had one amazing game also had a second, let alone all of the guys that played two good games.
UAF: N/A —> Donated to BJ Standley of SMU.
UAA: Brennan Rymer
SFU: Wil Balata
WWU: Trevor Jasinsky
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Luke Chavez
CWU: Matt Poquette
NNU: Adonis Arms
MSUB: N/A —> Donated to Obi Megwa of NNU.
CU-PDX: Dominique Bradley
WOU: Riley Hawken
Honorable Mention: Jarrett Gray (CU-PDX)
Player-of-the-week is… Luke Chavez!
Great final week. Great basketball being played, with the heat and intensity increasing right as we head into post-season. We love it. We’re practically counting the hours until the conference tournament, and… Game previews’ll be up on Thursday morning!
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Alright, conference play has finished up and the conference tournaments start on Thursday, and so… Let’s talk about where things are as of now in each of the three conferences.
Note: Records noted are all purely in-conference.
The final weekend of the season saw Point Loma beat CU-I 93-83, Azusa beat their two opponents comfortably, and Chaminade eke out a win against Hilo (but rivalry game? So probably whatever).
Dominican is hosting the conference tournament and the seeding is:
- Point Loma (20-2)
- Concordia-Irvine (18-4)
- Chaminade (16-6)
- Azusa Pacific (16-6)
- Holy Names (11-11) -note that this is a big overachievement, nicely done Hawks.
- Academy of Art (11-11) -another big overachievement, nicely done Knights.
Two big overachievements doesn’t speak to the strength of the Pac-West, but it does speak to the idea that the entire West Region is having a down year.
Bracketology remains the same; we expect Point Loma to be in and vying against the GNAC’s Saint Martin’s for the bid to host. SMU has a win over Point Loma, so… If both bow out of their respective conference tournaments at the same time, SMU should get the nod.
The final weekend saw Cal Poly Pomona get a close win against San Bernardino; UCSD blow-out both East Bay and Monterey Bay; and East Bay lose both @ San Marcos and @ UCSD. We now think East Bay’s slipped into being a bubble team if upsets rattle the conference tournament brackets at all.
East Bay is hosting the conference tournament and the seeding is:
- Cal Poly Pomona (17-5)
- UC San Diego (17-5)
- East Bay (16-6)
- San Francisco State (14-8)
- Cal State LA (13-9)
- Dominguez Hills (12-10)
- San Bernardino (11-11)
- Humboldt State (11-11)
Because the CCAA does eight schools, the first round is hosted by the respective higher seeds on Tuesday before everyone heads to East Bay on Friday.
As good as Cal Poly Pomona is, their lack of non-con makes us think they have no hope of hosting. With UCSD, because they ended the season tied and went on a bad losing streak late, their well-played non-con ends up being moot because PLNU and SMU both also played good non-cons and finished the regular season strong.
The final weekend of GNAC play brought chaos as four teams vied for the final two spots, while SPU and NNU vied for the first round BYE. Ultimately MSUB won both of their games, while UAA, SFU, and WWU all split leaving the three teams tied. UAA’s best win was against #3 NNU, and so they were out; SFU and WWU both were 1-1 against SMU, 0-2 against SPU, and the distinction was made with SFU being 1-1 against NNU while WWU was 0-2, and thus perpetual basement dweller Simon Fraser is IN THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT!!!!!
SPU @ NNU ultimately saw the Falcons grind out a close victory (make your free throws, folks!), while conference leading SMU almost got upset by second-from-the-bottom Central Washington; it went to 2OT. Insane.
Western Washington is hosting the conference tournament and the seeding is:
- Saint Martin’s (17-3)
- Seattle Pacific (16-4)
- Northwest Nazarene (14-6)
- Western Oregon (13-7)
- MSU-Billings (10-10)
- Simon Fraser (9-11)
Bracketology: We think SMU and SPU are for sure in, probably regardless as to whether or not they bow out early. NNU is a bubble team, their “what have you done for me lately” is 50/50. They lost at WOU, they almost lost at GNAC #9 CU-Portland, they lost to SMU, and they lost to SPU. They also don’t have as good of a non-con compared to #3 peers Chaminade and East Bay.
As for hosting the Regional, we think the Saints control their own destiny. If they win the conference tournament, they should be hosting. If they lose at the same time as Point Loma, they should be hosting. If Point Loma wins the Pac-West and SMU doesn’t win the GNAC, we’re likely headed to San Diego.
Right now, provided upsets don’t scramble the conference tournament brackets, in our opinion it should be:
- Saint Martin’s
- Point Loma
- Cal Poly Pomona
- Seattle Pacific
- Northwest Nazarene
- East Bay
With East Bay getting the nod over CU-I just because it’s a rare occurrence for East Bay to be up this high, whereas CU-I has consistently been good on a D2 level and we assume that they know they’re having a bad year and simply seeded #2 in a down year for the Pac-West.
We can’t stand the Top 25 ranking system as it comes to D2, and so we usually don’t look at rankings until the Regional Rankings come out, so… Let’s see what the Powers That Be are saying now…
WHAAAAT??? THEY ACTUALLY AGREE WITH US?!?! Their seeded list from a week ago is:
- Saint Martin’s
- Point Loma
- Seattle Pacific
- Cal Poly Pomona
- Northwest Nazarene
- East Bay
- Western Oregon
We didn’t want to put SPU that high because we felt like we were being homers and because we look at this SPU team and compared to past SPU teams they’re not that great, but… It is a down year and what they’re doing is apparently enough.
We like that WOU is listed at 10 because they do feel like a threat to receive the auto bid and those guys do have so much experience and they have a recent blow-out win over NNU. They also have a recent loss to GNAC #7 WWU, but… That’s why Regional #10. They’re in the conversation and a definite threat to win the GNAC tourney, but not a guarantee.
All of that said… That’s where things are at as we head into the conference tournaments.
GNAC’ers: Player-of-the-week math is being done tonight, so it’ll be up tomorrow, along with the final iteration of the conference round robin.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Hi, we’ve now completed our fifth regular season of writing about GNAC Men’s Basketball and we still clearly DON’T KNOW ANYTHING. No, parity is just amazing. It’s so fun to be in a conference in which literally any team can win on any given night.
One of the CWU broadcasters joked in 2OT that it was GNAC Basketball After Dark, and as a religious watcher of Pac-12 After Dark because of the chaos it tends to bring… Heck yes. It was definitely GNAC Basketball After Dark, and so… Let’s talk about it!
MSUB 92 @ UAF 65
UAF never had any hope. Ever. There was a point about five minutes in when they were only down by five and… That was the high point of hope. MSUB absolutely crushed them and left no doubt. We love it. We love seeing teams do this as they’re going into post-season.
Jackets highlights: Sven Jeuschede had 11 points; Zharon Richmond had five boards; Tyler Green had nine boards; Melvin had nine points, five fouls, and a full house of stats; and Zack Rollins had an amazing night going 6-7 from three and finishing with 19 points and seven boards. Off the bench Kobe Tereshima is getting hot at the right time and had nine points and five boards; and BRENDAN HOWARD had 25 points and seven boards on great shooting.
Nooks highlights: Alex Baham had 15 points and five boards; Daulton Lootens had five boards. Off the bench Jalon McCullough had seven points; Jaqua Morrow had six points; and MICHAEL KLUTING had 27 points and 10 boards in what’s become a typical outing. BEAST. Tymoryae Glover didn’t play.
Huge congrats to the Jackets on heading into the conference tournament with your stingers out, and… Thank God It’s Over for UAF. Next year should be better.
WOU 68 @ SFU 56
In a game that seemed destined to be a blowout from the start, it interestingly enough wasn’t. It was reminiscent of the SPU/CWU game on Thursday in that WOU would go up comfortably and then SFU would climb back in, and then WOU would go up comfortably and then SFU would climb back in, and then ultimately WOU won comfortably.
Wolves highlights: Dalven Brushier had 19 points and six boards, as well as going 6-6 from the line; and Riley Hawken had 12 points and seven boards. Off the bench Brandell Evans had six boards; and Buster Souza had six points and five boards.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 12 points; Wil Balata had 13 points and eight boards; Mike Provenzano had six assists; and Jasdeep Singh had 13 points and nine boards. Off the bench Bongani Moyo had five boards.
This game was honestly terrible as it comes to a numbers stand point, but… Someone has to win and someone has to lose and we’re a little disappointed in SFU. This game was totally in your grasp and you let it go. Congrats to the Wolves on bouncing back and getting it done.
CU-PDX 79 @ WWU 70
Cavs, do you know how much we love you?? A LOT. Just when we’d finally been like “Okay, they’re good, but they’ve lost it, and they’re not coming back,” THEY COME BACK. THEY GET THE WIN. They end the season as giant killers. Is WWU a giant this year? Not really, but… We live in the past. Our first year of GNAC basketball WWU won the Natty, so giants they remain. They also have such deep pockets, that it’s like seriously?? How are you not winning. This is ridiculous. They’re the Arizona of the GNAC.
Cavs highlights: Jarrett Gray had 13 points, five boards, and five assists; Dom Bradley had 11 points and nine boards; and Hunter Sweet had 17 points, five boards, and four assists among a flawless full house. Off the bench Cody Starr had five assists; and Dakota Ayala had 12 points and 11 boards on good shooting.
Viks highlights: Tyler Payned had five assists; Leif Anderson had 11 points; Jalen Green had six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had nine boards; Cameron Rethford had 13 points, eight boards, and five fouls among efficient shooting and a full house of stats in just 24 minutes; and off the bench Micah Winn had 14 points.
Once again: Great job to CU-PDX on letting Trevor shoot. Congrats to the Viks on getting through this trying season.
SMU 105 @ CWU 96 in 2OT!!
Hooooly cow. You gave them everything they could handle and you almost had it, Wildcats. The good news is, had you won, you would have handed SPU a share of the conference title, so… Maybe there’s a bright side in the loss. Respect your rivalries. Losing just so your rival doesn’t get a share. That’s admirable. Congrats to SMU on digging deep and finding a way to win, and thus winning the conference regular season outright.
Saints highlights: Luke Chavez had 33 points and five boards while going 6-6 from the line; Jared Matthews had 10 points; and Rhett Baerlocher had 14 points and eight boards while playing -45- minutes, geez. Off the bench BJ STANDLEY had 29 points, five boards, and six assists while playing -46- minutes; and Tavian Henderson had eight points and eight boards while playing -38- minutes. This is why we maintain the Saints have seven/eight starters. The Saints have lost EJ Boyce meanwhile gaining Jared Matthews, so… 7.5 starters.
Wildcat highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 27 points and five boards; Naim Ladd had 16 points; Jackson Price was back down to earth and had five fouls; Malik Montoya had nine points, six boards, and five fouls; Matt Poquette had 14 points on good shooting and while going 8-8 from the line; and off the bench Gamaun Boykin had 16 points and eight assists.
Once again: HOOOOLY COW. We actually got back to our hotel just in time to watch both periods of OT. Do we wish we had been at this game? Honestly no, because had we been we wouldn’t have discovered how awesome the CWU broadcast guys are. Love it. Also loved seeing Naim Ladd have a great final game. Again: Congrats to SMU on winning the conference regular season outright.
SPU 87 @ NNU 82
Oh goodness. What. A. Game. SPU would go up by eight or so and be there for a bit and the NNU would hit shots, and then SPU would go up by eight or so, and… Back and forth until the final five or so minutes when things got REAL and it seemed as though NNU was refusing to lose this game. It didn’t work out that way, but the drive and the “taking what’s ours” play style was there.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had five boards and five assists; Nikhil Lizotte had 23 points and went 7-8 from the line; Nathan Streufert had five boards; and GAVIN LONG had 21 points and 10 boards. Off the bench Sam Simpson had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards among a full house of stats; Sam Boone had five boards in just seven minutes; and Divant’e Moffitt had six points.
Nighthawk highlights: Adonis Arms had 30 points and five boards and went 9-9 from the line; Obi Megwa was on fire nad had 22 points; and Spider had five fouls and five boards. Off the bench Sam Roth had six points; Beto Diaz had four boards; Felix White had four boards; and Jayden Bezzant was ON and had 15 points and a huge presence on the court.
We thought this game was headed to OT. It was crazy. It was amazing. We’re excited to see this NNU team back on track. If they play like this on Thursday, SFU has no hope. So many great moments from players on both teams. Special shout-out to Coleman Wooten of SPU for sportsmanship. Felix White of NNU ended up getting the wind knocked out of him while a bunch of guys were battling in the paint, and it was Coleman that was with him the whole time, making sure he was okay, and talking him through it.
THIS. IS. MARCH. MADNESS. Love you all soooo much, we’re so proud of you, and can’t wait for those that we’ll see at the conference tournament.
Tomorrow, we’ll get into the Bracketology Round #2 regarding what’s gone on in the CCAA, Pac-West, and yes also the GNAC because in pre and post season, we tend to get a lot of their folks checking in.
We think we’ll wait until Tuesday for Player-of-the-Week because the bracketology is more pressing, but… Maybe both. We’ll see.
Once again: Thank-you so much NNU, we had a great time. Great atmosphere.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!