Hooooo boy, today was everything we wanted and more in terms of great play, great games, and a great place to watch the tournament.
We were hesitant about SPU hosting it because of the parking situation, but at least today the parking was fine -not sure how COVID19 is affecting things attendance-wise, but for midday games on a Thursday, they felt pretty well attended? It seemed like each school had about 50 or so people in attendance, so some good noise was made. The games were intense and amazing and so… Let’s talk about them.
#6 UAF 91 @ #3 WOU 88
HOLY OH GEE OH MY. WOU was up 15 at the half, but the general buzz in the gym was that this is the GNAC and UAF has Shadeed Shabazz and so 15? Please. Turns out everyone was right, because UAF made great halftime adjustments and then it was back and forth the whole way. Absolutely amazing. Ridiculously fun game. We had a fun time watching the SPU guys watch the game -it’s the opposite side of the bracket, and so they didn’t really have a horse in the race and yet they were into it big time. Super fun.
Nook highlights: SHADEED SHABAZZ had a whopping 42 points along with five assists and five fouls; Spencer Sweet had a full house; KOBY HUERTA was everywhere and had 18 points on good shooting; and Mawich Kachjaani had 10 boards. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had six points; and Alex Sommerfield had 10 points.
Wolf highlights: Cameron Cranston had 17 points; Dalven Brushier had 21 points; Darius Lubom had 24 points and five boards; and off the bench Emanuel Gant had 16 poing, eight boards, seven assists, six steals, and three blocks among quite the impressive full house.
Yes, the defense was lacking overall, but… Ridiculously fun game to watch. There was a weird technical called on Shadeed that amazingly neither fanbase thought was necessary and it looks like it ultimately was rescinded post-game? Overall the reffing wasn’t as atrocious as we’ve often seen. Great game by both teams, big congrats to the Wolves on an intense and better-than-expected season, and congrats to the Nooks on living to see another day. Good luck against WWU.
#5 UAA 85 @ #4 NNU 76
Is it really a true upset when the #5 team upsets the #4? Maybe in this case, considering WWU/NNU/WOU were all essentially tied, with Anchorage one step below and yet Anchorage got the upset, so that’s impressive? Good for Anchorage. NNU has some ridiculously good players, but unfortunately they didn’t schedule their non-con to be a bubble team, and as such with this first round loss, their season is over.
Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 12 points; Tyrus Hosley had 15 points and five boards; Jack Macdonald had 11 points and five boards; and Oggie Pantovic was held to 12 points and only 20 minutes played via foul trouble. Off the bench DeAndre Osuigwe had nine points; and Tyler Brimhall had 17 points.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had seven boards; Beto Diaz had 10 points; George Reidy had a good game with 17 points; Jayden Bezzant had five fouls; Spider Adetunji had 10 points and 11 boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Jaylen Fox had 12 points.
It’s funny. This is another one of those games where we look at the stats and go “How did NNU lose?” and yet they did. It’s a head scratcher. They started off slow, caught on fire throughout January and most of February, and then in their last three games were insanely competitive and yet couldn’t get it done against a wide range of conference teams. There’s something almost poetic in losing to the #1 team, the #5 team, and the #11 team. Still -congrats to the NNU seniors on a heck of ride, and congrats to the Seawolves on getting the upset; good luck against SPU.
Today’s games were so insane we still feel mildly dazed, it’s so weird that we’re finally entering post-season play after a conference season that seemed to last forever in the best way possible. Because all of the GNAC teams were so well matched, the beginning of February felt like the end of February and every week would ramp up to a new level of intensity you didn’t know was possible, and then yup: The first day of the conference tournament took it up yet another notch that no one knew existed. So insane. So much fun.
It came up a couple of times that the Alaska schools are on opposite sides of the bracket and thus we could have an all-Alaska final. Obviously there are miles to go before that happens, but… It is a possibility, which is cool.
We had a blast at the first day of the conference tournament, SPU is doing a great job and has taken great steps in terms of making hand washing more easily accessible in light of COVID19, so… 10/10 Day One Logistics, Birdies.
Game previews’ll be up in the AM.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Hoooo boy. What a night of games.
“Root, root root for the hooooome teeeeeam, if they don’t win it’s a shame!” They all did. Zero shame last night, nicely done home teams!!
SPU 68 @ WWU 73
It’s funny. This is one of those games that reminds us why it’s so important to look at the numbers. In person we felt like Logan Schilder played really well and Leif Anderson was hitting everything and yet… Nope. Really great team game by the Vikings and a number other guys played really well, but in person it’s so minute-to-minute that the collective doesn’t sink in.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 14 points and five boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 16 points and five boards; and Shaw Anderson had 16 points and five boards.
Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 12 points and nine assists; Jalen Green had 10 points; and Trevor Jasinsky shot well had had 22 points and six boards. Off the bench Leif Anderson had 11 points; and Luke Lovelady had eight points.
With this win, the Vikings clinched their berth in the conference tournament, and so congrats to them on that. By far the deepest and most experienced team, it’s an expectation, but still, it was in doubt for a while, so alright. Falcons, you’ll have Gavin again on Thursday; you’ll be fine.
SMU 74 @ SFU 82
“Good” win by Simon Fraser. Not so much in the consideration that SMU returned nothing and SFU returned everything, but sure. The Clan’s hopes of making the conference tournament are still alive, go Clan! And SMU’s Alex Schumacher was back to normal, good news for said Clan.
Saints highlights: Demonte Malloy had six boards; CJ Jennings had 24 points; John Moore had 11 points; Marky Adams had 17 points, six boards, and four blocks among a full house of stats.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 22 points and seven boards; Mike Provenzano had 10 points and seven assists; Jasdeep Singh had 17 points; and Mike Hannan started and had 11 points and six steals. Off the bench Wil Balata had five boards; and Drew Bryson had eight points.
Not a particular game to write home about, but good to see the Clan right the ship, and sincere wishes of good luck against WWU on Tuesday.
MSUB 73 @ UAA 87
This was more of a game than we expected it to be. UAA doesn’t publish live stats, and so we checked the game at one point and the Seawolves were up by 20 or so and were like ‘okay…’ and never checked again. While it was never in doubt, the Jackets did make a good push in the second half.
Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 15 points; Tyler Green had 10 assists; and Brendan Howard got stuffed, ending up with 10 points only. Off the bench Clarance Daniels went 7-8 and had 15 points; and Psalm Maduakor had eight points, six boards, and five assists.
Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 19 points, six boards, and four assists; Tyrus Hosley had a double double among 20 points and 10 assists; Tobin Karlberg had 20 points, five boards, and four assists; Oggie Pantovic ate heartily on 7-10 shooting, with 14 points and five boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Tyler Brimhall had five boards.
Nicely done Seawolves, pretty much as expected. We wouldn’t worry too much MSUB; it’s hard to play in Billings and so embrace playing the spoiler with the North schools this coming week.
CU-PDX 66 @ CWU 69
Yes, the final result we expected but maybe not the final score in any sense? It seems like if you keep it close at NNU, you should beat CWU, and yet instead the Cavs just kept it close at CWU as well… Go figure. Nicely done Wildcats, keep up the good fight.
Cavs highlights: David Wheeler had 11 points and five boards; Dom Bradley had six boards; El-roi Butler had 15 points and six boards; and “off the bench” Dakota Ayala had 16 points and 10 boards on 7-8 shooting.
Wildcat highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 22 points; Gamaun Boykin had six boards; Kevin Baker had 11 points; Marqus Gilson had eight boards; and off the bench Matt Poquette had 17 points.
We have so much fun at Central that we kind of want to root for this CWU team, just no one has any consistency and no one really plays as a team, so… Against our ethos. Maybe next year. Dakota, we’re starting to have our eye on you for SPU… Not sure Grant would do it, but the Falcons could use it. Big time. And you don’t even have to give up your belief that the earth is 8,000 years old! SPU’s official policy on the matter is “choose for yourself.”
WOU 87 @ NNU 89 in OT
AAAAAAAH. This game was nuts the whole way through, and not gonna lie: We didn’t think the Nighthawks were gonna pull it out and they did and hooooly guacamole. Not sure what was up with the foul by Cameron Cranston, but… It was critical, and arguably he’s the Nighthawks MVP; yes, we’re aware that Cameron plays for the Wolves.
Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 13 points; Cameron Cranston had 12 points; Dalven Brushier had 23 points; Darius Lubom had six boards and six assists; and John Morrill-Keeler had 12 points and seven boards. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 10 points; and Zach Baugher had six points and five boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had seven boards; Beto Diaz is kicking into gear at the right time and had 22 points and seven boards; George Reidy had 16 points; Spider Adentunji had nine boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench ZEKE ALLEY had 25 points.
The Nighthawks out-rebounded the Wolves 42-31 and they needed every single one of them. Congrats to both teams on an insanely hard fought battle, and congrats especially to the Nighthawks on clinching their berth in the conference tournament.
Really fun night of hoops, we ended up sitting on the old people side at WWU, and honestly the seats and set-up is really good. Way too expensive ($20 for a D2 game, seriously??) but the sight lines are great, so credit where credit is due.
As noted earlier: SFU @ WWU is the Tuesday game, while WWU has clinched, SFU is still fighting and they beat the Vikings in a nailbiter alllll the way back in December, so good game to watch.
Last week of the season, we’ll try and update the really-out-of-date who’s beaten who chart later today, and… We’ll go from there.
Congrats to all on a great night of games well-played.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Goood morning. Hooo boy, what a night of games on Thursday, and so let’s jump right in.
UAF 86 @ UAA 105
AGGRESSION!!!!!!!!!!!!! STUPID LITTLE BROTHER, DIE LITTLE BROTHER, DIE. That seemed to be UAA’s mindset after an incredibly irritating loss to NNU. Seemed like their MO was just run them into the ground, although the good news is that despite the ‘run them into the ground’ mindset, Shadeed at least had a solid shooting game for the Nooks.
Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 32 points, eight assists, and five steals; and Spencer Sweet had 12 points. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had seven points; Marcus Lee had 14 points; and Alex Sommerfield had seven points and five boards.
Seawolf highlights: Amari Hale had seven assists; Niko Bevens had 15 points; TOBIN KARLBERG bounced back and had six boards, seven assists, and 19 points among a full house of stats; JACK MACDONALD was back in the starting line-up and had six assists and 25 points on good shooting; OGGIE PANTOVIC had 24 points and 14 boards; and off the bench Tyrus Hosley had 13 had five boards.
Good to see UAA bounce back so well, but we still definitely believe in the Nooks and look forward to the return trip.
UAA 81 @ MSUB 80
This game was ABSOLUTELY insane. Loved it. We were following along with it throughout the SPU game and kept waiting for a team to break away, and neither did. MSUB absolutely could have had it at the end, but alas Oggie got the best of the incredible first Oggie/Brendan battle.
Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 11 points; Tobin Karlberg is back to normal and had 16 points and five steals among a full house of stats; and Oggie Pantovic had six boards, four assists, and sixteen points. Off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had six points; and Tyrus Hosley went 7-7 from the line and had six boards and four steals.
Jacket highlights: ZHARON RICHMOND had 25 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Tyler Green had 14 points, six boards, and six assists; Brendan Howard had 19 points; and off the bench Psalm Maduakor had six points and five boards.
Overall an insanely good game and it ultimately played out how we thought it would; ridiculously close, ridiculously well matched teams, but the deeper team won the day -barely, but with the on-the-road bonus.
SFU 80 @ SMU 69
SFU was never dominating, but SMU was also never threatening to win it. It was one of those borderline almost-comfortable-but-not-quite-comfortable-kinda-sorta games.
Clan highlights: Wil Balata had 21 points; Mike Provenzano continues to click into gear with 18 points; Jas Singh had five assists; Julian Roche had 15 points and five boards; and off the bench Corey Nzigamasabo had six points and five boards.
Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had 16 points; Demonte Malloy had 19 points and nine boards; John Moore had five boards; Marky Adams had eight points and 14 boards; and off the bench CJ Jennings had 15 points and four rebounds.
Honestly: SFU did not play well and didn’t put up the kind of numbers you would expect against the team that Saint Martin’s is this year. It’s good to see Mike Provenzano playing well, but… Wil Balata’s turnovers are inexcusable, Jas shooting so much while cold is inexcusable, this team doesn’t look like a team gearing up to try and make noise in the conference tournament; they look like a team content with making the conference tournament, and quite frankly: they should be expecting more of themselves.
WWU 65 @ SPU 74
It was comfortable for the Falcons for a while, and then they seemed to forget that Trevor Jasinsky exists and they started slacking and he started dominating and then the Falcons went “oh shoot,” and clamped down again. No idea what to make of this Falcons team… Western was trying and playing with effort; the Falcons were not, and quite frankly that’s a big problem for the conference as a whole.
Viking highlights: Jalen Green had 16 points and seven boards among a full house of stats; Trevor Jasinsky had 17 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Cameron Retherford had five points and five fouls; and off the bench Luke Lovelady shot well and had 10 points.
Falcon highlights: Divant’e Moffitt had 27 points and six boards; Gabe Colosimo had five boards; and Shaw Anderson had six boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had seven points and six boards among a full house of stats; and Jacob Medjo had five points and four boards.
We want to throttle the Falcons, but it is what it is. They got the win. Western didn’t look horrible; they actually looked pretty decent, the problem is that the Falcons did look bad. There was a bit of a storyline about how the Vikings didn’t have Logan Schilder, but… The Falcons didn’t have Gavin Long, so same dif.
CWU 65 @ CU-PDX 56
Another one of those games that was never far enough out of reach to be comfortable, while at the same time you never really thought Concordia was going to win.
Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 11 points; and MARQUS GILSON had 11 points and 15 boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 10 points; GAMAUN BOYKIN finally had a good game with 16 points, six boards, and five assists among a full house of stats; and Matt Poquette had seven points.
Cavs highlights: Caleb Larsen had 10 points; Hunter Sweet had 16 points and six boards; and Dakota Ayala had 10 points and five boards. Off the bench Russell Tillery had 11 points; and Dom Bradley had seven points.
The good news is that CWU played some of the best they’ve played this year and CU-Portland played ‘meh’ but they were still in it. That’s progress. The Wildcats did a good job shutting down Dakota, relatively, so we’re looking for the Wildcats to still be on the upward trajectory.
NNU 87 @ WOU 82
WHAT A HUGE FREAKING WIN, WAY TO GO NIGHTHAWKS!!!!!!! This game was nuts and as much as the Nighthawks were battling and battling well, we still felt like WOU was going to pull it out, because… The Wolves were at home, you know? And yet the Nighthawks triumphed and got the ‘W’ and it is HUGE. Okay, it’s not as huge as it could be, because there’s no hope of an at-large bid what-so-ever, but still big in terms of mental state and getting tough and all that good stuff.
Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz had five boards and nine points; Jayden Bezzant had 16 points; and Spider had 20 points and 10 boards for the double-double, while going 6-7 from the line. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had nine points; and Zeke Alley is starting to get consistent with 19 points and five boards.
Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 23 points and five boards; Cameron Cranston had 22 points and six boards; Dalven Brushier went 5-5 from the line; Darius Lubom had five assists; and off the bench Emanuel Gant continues to make noise with a full house among eight points, five boards, four assists, fie steals, and five blocks HOLY COW.
Insane game. We meant to do a ‘NightLights’ post largely just to highlight this game and the Billings game, but we fell asleep. We still really like the Wolves and really like how they’re coming together. Remember, NNU returns almost everything while WOU returned very little, so.. While the Nighthawks have been off, they absolutely have the personnel to be at the top of the conference.
Great night of hoops, game previews are coming at 2:30.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Goood morning. Read the URL if you’re one of those people 🙃 You’re welcome. Let’s jump into tonight’s games.
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UAA @ MSUB @ 6:30pm
We’re ridiculously intrigued by this game! UAA just blew out rival UAF, we’re assuming because they were ridiculously aggressive after a loss that shouldn’t have happened at NNU. We’ll see if the rage and fire can carry them to a win at Alterowitz. MSUB, on the other hand, is coming off of a respectable loss to SPU at SPU where they had plenty of chances to take the lead and win it, but couldn’t quite close the deal. The standings are still tight and MSUB is merely one game back of being tied for 5th place, so… Every night is critical. Brendan Howard will be the best player in the game, we’re excited to see him and Oggie go at it, but UAA is more talented overall, so:
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SFU @ SMU @ 7pm
While we would be tempted to say that this should be a good game… It could be? SFU and NNU match-up well, and SMU beat NNU while at NNU, granted it was before Christmas Break, so… We shall see. SFU was looking a lot better against Concordia (and admittedly the Cavs beat the Saints) but style does matter and the fact is that NNU and SFU are similar (and yet to play this year) so it could be a good comparison. One of those games were SFU could win big or either team could win a close one, but we don’t anticipate SMU blowing out SFU.
Prediction: SFU wins.
WWU @ SPU @ 7pm
HUUUUGE game. The top two teams in the GNAC meeting up. In the last two weeks, both have blown out Concordia and won an OT game against WOU. They should be pretty well matched, although admittedly SPU has no true answer for WWU’s Logan Schilder. There are a ton of great guys playing in this game and we absolutely cannot wait to watch, the biggest difference between the two is experience; WWU returned everything, while SPU returned very little, and so we’ll see if experience will propel the Viks to the win on what we expect to be approximately a neutral court.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CWU @ CU-PDX @ 7:30pm
THIS SHOULD BE A REALLY GREAT GAME. We almost wish we were going. CWU got blown-out by UAF on Saturday, which means CU-PDX should be right about their speed and it should be ridiculously competitive, which is particularly great from a CU-PDX perspective. CWU came super close to beating SMU, while CU-PDX did beat SMU, so they know they have it in them to beat the Wildcats, the only question is: will they?
Prediction: Pick ’em.
NNU @ WOU @ 7:30pm
Has NNU finally got their ish together or will they be out of the sky and into the frying pan? Can you fry Nighthawks? It sounds really gross. ‘Fried Falcon’ has a much better ring to it, if we’re being honest (and cannibalistic). But can the Nighthawks beat the Wolves? Honestly: it’s very doubtful. WOU is a good team that has great rebounders, good-to-great scorers, and a good home court advantage.
Prediction: Wolves win.
Ridiculously great night ahead. We’ll be keeping an eye on things on our phone while we’re inevitably freaking out through the entirety of the Falcons/Vikings game. As always: come say ‘hi.’ We’ll be in our usual spot.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Hey, look, we’re blogging! And we just got an advertisement on our phone for a fruit peeling game, like oookay. Why does a digital fruit peeling game exist? Does it really need to exist?
“Why don’t current basketball blog posts exist on the GNAC blog?” Fair question, here we go!
UAF 78 @ CWU 60
It was competitive in the first half, and then briefly-ish in the second half, but really not so much. We can’t figure out this CWU team, but neither can the Wildcats, so it is what it is. We see this year’s CWU team as a more primitive version of this year’s UAF team, which is entirely hysterical.
Nook highlights: SHADEED SHABAZZ had 30 points, 13 boards, four assists, and seven steals while going 8-9 from the line, so wow on that; and Spencer Sweet had 17 points. Off the bench Markel Banks had 16 points; and Alex Sommerfield had seven points and five boards.
Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 10 points; Xavier Smith had 10 points; Kevin Baker had six boards; and Marqus Gilson had six boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had eight points; Gamaun Boykin had nine points and four boards; Matt Poquette had six boards; Micah Pollard had five points; and Tariq Woody had eight points.
The thing is… Those numbers make neither team look particularly fantastic. UAF only had four function players against a team that they otherwise destroyed. CWU had a smattering of below average guys, but had any one been able to put up a good-to-great performance, or a few put up even average performances, they would have been right in it. Congrats to the Nooks on getting the ‘W.’
UAA 69 @ NNU 80
We’ve been telling you: NNU is a hard place to play. As such, this is going to be a fantastic game on the frosty side. Basically no one from UAA shot well, which isn’t super surprising in the NNU gym, but we would have liked to see better from Tyler Brimhall and Tobin Karlberg in particular because… They’ve been there before, they’ve had a number of great games this year, and so… Gotta step up and bring that experience.
Seawolf highlights: DeAndre Osuigwe had five boards; Tyler Brimhall had five boards among a full house of stats; and Niko Bevens had 14 points. Off the bench Amari Hale had five fouls and seven points; Jack Macdonald brought the experience and had 12 points; and Oggie Pantovic had 11 points and six boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz had 16 points; JAYDEN BEZZANT finally looked like himself again with 26 points among a full house of stats; and Spider had six boards. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had four assists; Zeke Alley had 21 points and seven boards while going 5-5 from the line and shooting solidly from the field; and Gabe Murphy had six boards.
Some promising numbers from the Nighthawks, but can we trust them? We shall see. We hope so. The fact is, the conference standings are largely still wide open; no one’s that far ahead, not even SPU and WWU. The rest, it’s a complete mess, although we feel like WOU is starting to separate themselves into that top group as well, despite losing to both SPU and WWU recently.
MSUB 72 @ SPU 83
Okay, the biggest highlight of this game was the fact that SPU did in fact try to defend Brendan Howard and they still couldn’t. We greatly respect that; we’ve assumed teams basically just decided to focus on everyone else. Nope, SPU headed straight for him and Brendan still had 20 points. Awesome.
Yellowjacket highlights: Zharon Richmond continues his good functioning, scoring 21 points and grabbing four boards; Tyler Green had 19 points; as noted: Brendan Howard had 20 points, but also seven assists. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had five boards; and Jordan Lehrer had 10 points and five boards.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell finally warmed up again, scoring 19 points and grabbing seven boards; Divant’e Moffitt had a good bounce-back game with 30 points; and Shaw Anderson had a “quiet” 16 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had five assists; and Mehdi El Mardi had 14 points.
While this game was never truly out of reach for MSUB, we’re also not convinced it was ever in reach either. We’ll be curious to see what happens in Billings, because this game overall was just a head scratcher. Sure Filip Fullerton was in foul trouble, but Mehdi El Mardi was out on the court begging for a breather and Grant Leep was like “too bad, stay in” and so… Playing the guy that’s become your human victory cigar 22 minutes. Ooookay.
CU-PDX 61 @ SFU 72
Competitive, but never really in doubt either. Solid win for the Clan over a CU-Portland team that’s slowly but surely looking up.
Cavs highlights: Xavier Smith had eight points; Hunter Sweet had 14 points; and Dakota Ayala had 17 points and six boards. Off the bench Brendan Ritschard had four points; Russell Tillery had five boards among a full house of stats; and Dom Bradley had six points and four boards.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had a double double with 19 points and 10 boards; Wil Balata was back in the starting line-up and had 11 boards; Mike Provenzano had nine points and five fouls; Jas Singh had 16 points and seven boards among a flawless full house of stats; Julian Roche had 11 points and eight boards; and off the bench David Penney went 6-7 from the line and finished with six points and three boards.
Good to see Jas bounce back, still waiting on Mike Provenzano and Julian Roche; while their numbers were okay, we know they can do better. It’s hard to say whether the Clan’s defense was good or if the CU-Portland offense was just bad, but judging by the lack of steals, we’re going to say probably that CU-Portland’s offense was just bad. Still, despite the struggles on offense they have a number of guys that are super fun to watch, so props there.
WOU 79 @ WWU 86 in OT
We’re honestly a little surprised; thought WOU might get the upset, but ah well; super young team and taking it to OT in Carver is no walk-in-the-park.
Wolves highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had six boards and five fouls; Dalven Brushier had four boards and five assists; Darius Lubom had 17 points; and John Morrill-Keeler had 14 points and six boards. off th ebench EMANUEL GANT had 16 points, six boards, and five fouls; and Tyreek Price had six points.
Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 21 points and five boards; Siaan Rojas had 12 points; Jalen Green had 17 points and five boards among a full house of stats; Trevor Jasinsky had 13 points; Cameron Retherford started “in place” of Logan Schilder and had 10 points and eight boards; and RJ Secrest had 13 points and five boards.
We’re kind of torn on our headspace with this one. On the one hand, WOU didn’t play that well while WWU played really well, and the Wolves still managed to take it to OT. On the other hand, WOU could have played a lot better and they got out of having to adjust to having Logan Schilder in the game (there is a big difference between your standard 6’8 D2 big and the 6’11 guy that is Logan) and they just couldn’t quite close the deal. Unsurprised it went to OT, incredibly great match-up, congrats to both teams on a hard game well fought, and we’re looking forward to the return trip.
WOU 94 @ SFU 80
In this one, we’re honestly surprised the score differential wasn’t bigger, but props to SFU for keeping it relatively close, although never especially within reach.
Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had five boards; Cameron Cranston bounced back and had 20 points on solid shooting; Dalven Brushier had 13 points; Darius Lubom went 5-6 from the line; and John Morrill-Keeler had 12 points. Off the bench Emanual Gant had 10 boards; TYREEK PRICE was on fire and had 26 points; and Riley Hamilton had five points.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 19 points and five boards; Wil Balata went 5-6 from the line and had 13 points; Mike Provenzano FINALLY had a good game, with 18 points and five assists; Jas Singh had 21 points and five boards; and off the bench Graham Miller had five points.
So basically… SFU was functioning as well as they have this year, WOU was playing well, and this was the result. We lean toward there being a bigger differential when the teams meet again in Monmouth, but… Who knows.
Despite this going up on Wednesday morning, the Alaskas game on Tuesday will be discussed on Friday with Thursday’s results.
Game previews will be up in the AM, promise.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
UAF 75 @ NNU 83
NNU FINALLY STARTED FUNCTIONING THE WAY WE KNOW THEY CAN!!!!!!!!!! And no, it’s not “just against Fairbanks,” Fairbanks is pretty legit this year. Regional threat? Not quite. But definitely should be a conference tournament bound team. It was tied at halftime, and then the Nighthawks made some great halftime adjustments and never trailed in the second half, although they didn’t truly walk up and away until about seven minutes left, and even then Fairbanks kept it decently nailbiting.
Nanook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz went 11-12 from th eline and had five boards; Spencer Sweet had 16 points; Quinn Daugharty had five boards; Mawich Kachjaani had six boards; and off the bench Alex Sommerfield had five boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz had 13 points and five boards; George Reidy had 16 pionts and five fouls; and SPIDER played a whopping 29 minutes (super high for him) and had a full house among nine points and 17 boards. Off the bench Zac Furgerson had four boards; Zeke Alley had 22 points; and Gabe Murphy had five boards.
Big-ish win for the Nighthawks just in terms of getting back on track. Great to see Spider playing so many minutes. Sam Roth had a quiet game, but largely the Nighthawks functioned how they need to function night in and night out. Curious to see Beto Diaz regress so much, simply because it follows the usual GNAC pattern of guys peaking junior year.
UAA 50 @ CWU 84
CWU HAS FINALLY GOT THEIR POOP IN A GROUP!!!!!!! Hopefully. East schools comin’ after ya. The Wildcats never trailed. Not sure what really went wrong for Anchorage; they’ve had a lot of nights of guys having off nights, but they’ve still largely managed to keep it together, and yet… This one they didn’t. Bound to happen at some point, but still surprising to have happen at CWU of all places.
Seawolf highlights: DeAndre Osuigwe had seven boards; Niko Bevens had 15 points; and off the bench Oggie Pantovic had 10 points and six boards.
Wildcat highlights: Kevin Baker had five assists; Amari Stafford had 11 points; and Marqus Gilson had 18 points and eight boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 10 points and five boards; Gamaun Boykin had seven boards among a full house of stats; Matt Poquette had a full house of stats; and Tariq Wood yhad six boards and 13 points while going 5-6 from the line.
Nicely done Wildcats. Really not sure what it means, but we’ll continue to find out on Saturday.
SPU 87 @ SMU 63
This game was funny. It was a game for approximately two minutes, give or take. SPU went up, and then they went up some more, and then they went up some more, and then they stayed there and that was that. What made it funny though is that SMU actually put up really respectable numbers, score aside.
Falcon highlights: Carry Cavell had 17 points and six boards while going 5-6 from the line; Divant’e Moffitt had five boards among a full house of stats; Gabe Colosimo had 16 points; Filip Fullerton had nine points; and Shaw Anderson had 11 points and five boards. Off the bench, Braden Olsen had 10 points; Sharif Khan had four boards; Mehdi El Mardi had 10 points and four boards; and Jacob Medjo had nine points.
Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had 13 points; Demonte Molloy was ON FIRE and had 19 points, 11 boards, and four assists; John Moore had 13 points and six boards; and Marky Adams had eight points and 11 boards.
Logan Rooney continues to be cold. SMU was definitely playing this game to win, despite being down by so much. SPU was… We’re not really sure what they were doing. Regardless, we’re ridiculously proud of the Saints, because largely they’re the best numbers we’ve seen them put up in quite a while, and yet… They lost by 20. And they won the rebounding battle by 10, so yay for moral victories!
Also: While their floor looks atrocious on screen, in person it’s totally fine and looks 100% normal.
CU-PDX 66 @ WWU 82
About what we expected, although it should be noted that CU-PDX kept it within reason until about halfway through the second half, so that’s progress.
Cavs highlights: Russell Tillery had five fouls and five assists; HUNTER SWEET had 25 points and nine boards; and off the bench Isaac Morrow had five points and five boards.
Viks highlights: Siaan Rojas had 16 points and eight boards; Jalen Green had 24 points and 13 boards among a full house of stats; and Trevor Jasinsky had six boards. Off the bench Leif Anderson went 6-6 from the line; and Cameron Retherford had 11 points, six boards, and four blocks.
Some really weird numbers on both sides. It appears that the Cavs decided to rest Dakota Ayala and as such, the Vikings rested Logan Schilder. Probably a smart move. No use for the Cavs taking the risk in an almost impossible to win game. Simon Fraser could be a possibility on Saturday, so save it. Still waiting for Leif Anderson to warm up, although credit where credit is due with the free throws; and then hopefully Tucker Eenigenburg gets back in the swing of things soon as well.
MSUB 96 @ SMU 67
We’re not sure how we feel about the Yellowjackets being the Saints by more than the Falcons. Maybe that it was more necessary for the Yellowjackets? Regardless, it’s a win, which is critical in the Yellowjackets having any hope for the conference tournament.
Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had five boards nad six assists; Zharon Richmond finally made noise with 11 points and a whopping 14 rebounds; TYLER GREEN had an insane 38 points; STEVIE JAMES STARTED and had 16 points and six assists; and Brendan Howard finally was able to have his load reduced, but still had 16 points and six boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had six boards; Jordan Lehrer had five points; and Seth Christaens had five points.
Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had five assists; Demonte Malloy continues to impress with 15 points and five boards; John Moore had 14 points; Marky Adams had a mere five boards; and off the bench Logan Rooney had six boards.
Really interesting numbers from the Saints. Defense continues to be a struggle for them, both playing it and getting past it from the other team. Excited about the numbers from the Yellowjackets, but they head to Seattle on Saturday, so… Great warm-up game, but we’re sure lots to review before taking on the Falcons.
Good night of games. Really excited and intrigued by a lot of the results, and so… We’ll see you tomorrow morning for game previews.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
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!