We’ve said in our game write-ups: “Daulton gonna Daulton.” What does that mean? That means that he takes good shots and distributes and assists and blocks and basically does anything and everything that might help his team win. He’s a big, powerful guy and he’s great at using it to his advantage, but he’s also far from a bull in a china shop -he knows how to use his body and not foul and his play is always incredibly smart even while being breakneck at times. He literally goes 1-5, which is amazing and we feel blessed to get to watch him play.
Congrats on another great week, and… keep grinding!
Player-of-the-week Noms & Results will be up for this past week later today.
These are the Player-of-the-Week nominations from the conference games that were played in the week prior to and after the Christmas break.
UAF: Michael Kluting
UAA: N/A —> Donated to Trey Drechsel of WWU.
SFU: JJ Pankratz
WWU: Daulton Hommes
SPU: Nathan Streufert
SMU: Luke Chavez & Tavian Henderson
CWU: N/A —> Donated to Deandre Dickson of WWU.
NNU: Obi Megwa
MSUB: Zharon Richmond
CU-PDX: Christopher Edward
WOU: N/A —> Donated to Tony Miller of SPU.
A couple of reminders about nominations:
- One good game does not a player of the week make. We use what’s essentially the production stat and there are minimums for each game that need to be hit. It doesn’t matter how well a guy plays in one game if he doesn’t do anything in the other.
- We do take into account minutes restrictions and can modify it as needed; in this particular case, Tanner Omlid’s shooting from the field meant modifying the number of minutes played was moot. He’s wholly capable of hitting the minimums even while restricted to 20 minutes a night.
Winner’ll be up in an hour.
Good morning and what a fantastic night of basketball!
SMU 71 @ UAF 78
We may have been wrong, but the score actually makes us really happy because it is such a good match-up and such a great confidence boost for UAF to win this game. This is the type of team they want to be working toward, and so seeing that you can win that way and beat a team similar to yourselves but farther along in the process is amazing. Never underestimate that home tundra advantage. The score is a little misleading -UAF was leading the vast majority of the way and SMU stayed in it, but never really got close.
Saint highlights: Rhett Baerlocher had a good game, finishing with 16 points and seven boards; Luke Chavez finished with 18 points and seven boards; and off the bench Jared Matthews had five points; and Robert Little had seven points and six boards.
Nook highlights: Donny Wilder had nine points and five boards; Alex Baham had 16 points and five boards while shooting 50% from three; Davis Kimball had 11 points; Tre Eisenhut started and had 11 points and seven assists; and Joe Lendway was lights out going 6-7 and grabbing a full house among 12 points, six boards, and a smattering of other stats. Off the bench Michael Kluting had 14 points and a whopping 12 boards, while Amenofis Mitchell had five points.
So SMU had a bad day while UAF played the best basketball we’ve seen them play so far. That’s great news for both teams -SMU still didn’t get blown out on the road, and UAF was able to win convincingly when they work as a team. All good news. Good job to both teams.
NNU 82 @ SFU 81
Really happy about this game, two insanely well matched teams, we can’t wait for the second round at NNU, although our feeling is that one won’t be quite as close -never underestimate the home nest advantage of NNU.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had a good game with 27 points and six assists; Sam Roth shot lights out and finished with 10 points and five boards; Marko Lepovic was cold but productive, finishing with 7 boards and three assists despite zero points; Maurice Jones had a double-double with 24 points and 11 boards. No real bench play, but no doubt some good relief minutes.
Clan highlights: Kedar Salam had 27 points along with six boards and five assists; Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 15 points and 11 boards; JJ Pankratz impressed with 14 points; and off the bench Othniel Spence continued his consistency wtih 13 points.
Really solid game by both teams, we’re super ridiculously pleased with both performances, it was a fun game and we feel like both teams grew from it. This could actually turn into an underrated rivalry -they tend to be around the same location in the conference standings regardless as to how good or bad the year is, and so now that both are good it could be pretty fun.
CWU 67 @ WWU 77
It was a game for SO long and then the Vikings eventually pulled away just enough. But CWU was in it, oh ho ho was CWU in it for an insanely long time, despite atrociously bad numbers. Nicely done Wildcats, you’ll get ’em next time.
Wildcat highlights: Jerome Bryant had 13 points; Fuquan Niles was kept quiet with 12 boards and five fouls. Off the bench was where the Wildcats really saw their big play with Naim Ladd having 14 points and Sage Woodruff 13.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had 18 points and 11 boards while going 8-8 from the line; Logan Schilder had eight boards; Deandre Dickson had 13 boards and a full house; Trevor Jasinsky had 12 points; and Daulton Hommes had 17 points and 10 boards. The Vikings had no real bench play, but did get some good relief minutes especially via Brad Wallace.
Rivalry games gonna rivalry game. Congrats to both teams. Can’t wait for the next one!
MSUB 68 @ WOU 92
There we go. Nicely done Wolves. Minutes restrictionnnn.
Yellowjacket highlights: Zack Rollins had 12 points; and off the bench Kobe Tereshima continues to impress with 17 points and six boards; Zack Lessinger had six points; Hafeez Abdul had seven points and four boards; and Daniel Shedden had 12 points and five fouls.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan made noise with 11 points; Tanner Omlid had 10 points, five boards, and a perfect full house; Vince Boumann had eight points; and Riley Hawken had 12 points and nine boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had 14 points (oooh!); Janvier Alaby had 11 points; Darius Luborn had six points; and JJ Chirnside had 10 points, five boards, and five assists.
There we go Wolves, back on it. Big games this week against Spartin, so this is really good to see.
SPU 57 @ UAA 54
So the Falcons get the Alaska sweep. Good times. No Jacob Lampkin. Do they get it if he plays? Probably not, but who knows. UAA put up some really bad numbers and SPU still struggled to beat them, so it is what it is. They got the W and that’s what matters.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 15 points and nine boards; Gabe Colosimo had six boards; Nathan Streufert had 10 points and 11 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Hunter Eisenhower had seven points.
Seawolf highlights: Jack Macdonald had 12 points; Brian Pearson had nine boards; and off the bench DJ Ursery had a fantastic game with 23 points and seven boards; while Josiah Wood had five points.
Interesting game of basketball if not a good game. This is youth showing through on the part of the Seawolves. At some point they’ll start winning these close games. Definitely easier to do it at home, but Coach Oz usually likes life on hard mode, so why not do it on the road? Coach Oz is our spirit animal as it comes to GNAC coaches, so we rib him regularly, but he’s bae.
Really fun night of basketball, lots of great moments. We’ll get caught up on POW for the split week of GNAC play and then this week tomorrow, so that’ll be exciting. Congrats to all teams on hard fought games well played.
Hoooo boy, welcome to our 500th post, what a night of games!
NNU 88 @ MSUB 99
That score looks normal enough. It was anything but a normal game. MSUB went WAYYYY up and then NNU started to battle it back and then MSUB would get it more comfortable and then NNU would come back and finally MSUB got the win, but it was within six with only a couple of minutes left, so… Very exciting game. Almost no defense. We can’t decide that because the GNAC seemingly looks like the strongest conference in the Region wins like this help us or hurt us, because… NNU looked good in non-con, MSUB got swept by the mediocre Alaska schools, and now MSUB convincingly beat NNU. Hmmm.
Nighthawk highlights: Khalil Thompson had 16 points including being 5-5 from the line; Obi Megwa continues to impress with 25 points and five assists; Marko Lepovic had 9 points on great shooting; Maurice Jones continues to be off, but did grab 10 boards. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj had seven points and four boards; Sam Roth had nine points and five boards as well as a full house; and Spider finished with seven points and ten boards.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham was 5-6 from the line; Zharon Richmond had another great game with 18 points and seven boards; Kamal Tall had 10 boards; Zack Rollins had 18 points and seven boards; and Sven Jeuschede had 17 points. Off the bench Daniel Shedden was 8-8 from the field and finished with 21 points.
You know that feeling when you have to sneeze but you can’t? That’s how we feel about those numbers and that result mixed with the events of the game. Congrats to MSUB on a solid win/not choking it away!
SPU 93 @ SPU 98 in OT
We said we were curious about the numbers… They were a douzy. SFU was called for 29 fouls vs. SPU’s 12 and SPU still almost lost. We were honestly really hoping SFU would get the upset and for so long it looked like our wish would come true and then they decided to foul Nikhil completely unnecessarily. Rules to winning against SPU: 1. DO NOT FOUL NIKHIL. He shoots like 25% from the field and 95% from the line. You think that’s an exaggeration. It’s not.
Clan highlights: Kedar Salam had 14 points; Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 22 points; Michael Provenzano had 14 points; JJ Pankratz had 23 points, six boards, and five assists; and off the bench Othniel Spence had 14 points, six boards, and a full house.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 14 points and five boards; Nathan Streufert had another lights out game wiht 18 points and 10 boards along with a full house; Tony Miller had 21 points and eight boards; and Gavin Long had 15 points. Off the bench Harry Cavell had 11 points and nine boards while being 5-5 from the line; Nikhil Lizotte went 10-10 from the line and finished with 16 points.
SPU put up as perfect of numbers as we’ve ever seen, every foul was in their favor, and they still almost lost. How do you do that? We do not consider this to be an SPU win so much as a Simon Fraser loss.
WWU 90 @ SMU 86
This is another game of “don’t let the score fool you,” because WWU was in control consistently and then SMU decided that they were going to get back in it and started putting it together and ultimately never could surmount the Vikings lead, but we’ll be darned if they didn’t give a valiant effort in their attempt.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had 11 points, nine assists, and five fouls; Deandre Dickson had 15 points, nine boards, and a whopping five blocks; Trevor Jasinsky had 11 points and a full house including five fouls; and Daulton continues to make his name a verb, finishing with 29 points, seven boards, and a full house. Off the bench Blake Fernandez had nine points; and Siaan Rojas had 12 points.
Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen went 10-11 from the line, finishing with five boards and 16 points; Tavian Hederson had nine points and nine boards; EJ Boyce had 15 points; and Luke Chavez finished with 25 points, four boards, and five assists. Off the bench Jared Matthews had seven boards; and Jordan Kitchen had six boards and seven points.
These numbers are also really interesting because WWU’s fall on the side of bad, while SMU’s fall on the side of typical, and yet WWU started way up and then we’re guessing got worse as the night went on, whereas SMU just kept grinding and sure enough almost got the victory. SMU is so new this year that losses like this are going to happen, but the score ending like it did shows that a couple of minor tweaks and a bit of the maturation that goes on throughout the season should serve them really well. Very fun game -congrats to the Viks on pulling out a hard fought victory.
Really, really fun night of basketball. Our big plans for NYE are finally finishing printing the non-con stats so we can take a good hard look at them, so… We’ll see. Hopefully that’ll be dealt with tomorrow. The other big plan we have is to tentatively launch the other blog tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that -we’ll keep you guys posted.
In addition to this being our 500th post, we also recently reached 150 followers -thank-you guys so much for following, and reading along, with what is really just a project we work on because we’re thinking about all of this stuff anyway so it’s like “well, may as well blog!” To all of the people that lurk but don’t subscribe -we know you’re there and we love you, thank-you much!
Tonight: Be safe, have fun, if you choose to imbibe DO NOT DRIVE.
Congrats to all teams on sending out 2017 with high octane basketball.
We know we didn’t do player-of-the-week all that often because non-con was such a mess, but we are going to go ahead and give you a couple of mid-season all-conference teams, just based off of what we saw:
- Jacob Lampkin -Alaska-Anchorage.
- Luke Chavez -Saint Martin’s.
- Fuquan Niles -Central Washington.
- Maurice Jones -Northwest Nazarene.
- Tanner Omlid -Western Oregon.
- Daulton Hommes -Western Washington
- Tony Miller -Seattle Pacific
- Zack Rollins -MSU-Billings
- Khalil Shabazz -Central Washington
- Jayden Bezzant -Northwest Nazarene
This is a little bit of a weird team because the class of 2020 is so stacked. It’s 4/5 sophomores, even though there are plenty of great frosh. Going forward we may have to do a separate ‘Class of 2020’ team because we can easily name seven other sophomores that we’re shocked they aren’t on that list.
Overall this is super skint. If you/your favorite player isn’t on it, we wouldn’t take it too seriously. Non-con this year is such a wash in terms of teams that schedule well vs. teams that schedule poorly and the guys putting up the numbers have nothing to do with that scheduling and so we don’t want to not include someone because they had an insanely hard schedule but at the same time we don’t want include someone just because they played a really easy schedule.
Next post will be up tomorrow morning because our brain hurts.
We’re thinking we’ll do something of six posts, up at 11, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9pm, so… Be on the lookout.
Contained in this one: Results from Monday December 18th & Tuesday December 19th.
Seattle Pacific 90 @ Stanislaus State 79
Well that was unexpected, and that result was closer than the game actually was; SPU won convincingly -it wasn’t some pull away at the end thing. The big difference in this game from every other this year was they finally had their anticipated starting point guard in Gabe Colosimo.
Falcon highlights: Sam Simpson had 11 points; Gabe Colosimo had nine points, seven boards, and eight assists with ZERO turnovers; yes, it was THAT big of a difference; Tony Miller had 18 points and eight boards; and Gavin Long had 16 points. Off the bench Nihkil Lizotte had 15 points; and Nathan Streufert five boards.
Congrats on a nice win, Falcons!
MSUB 88 vs. Chaminade 100 @ Hawaii Pacific.
It may be an ‘L’ but it’s still West Region! That’s what we call a Quality Loss™.
Yellowjacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 17 points and six boards; and the bench was all-star with Kobe Terashima being 9-11 and finishing with 19 points and four assists; Hafeez Abdul 19 points and six boards while going 5-7 from the line; and Daniel Shedden had 17 points.
While it’s a loss, those are interesting numbers and interesting names, because honestly: We don’t recognize half of them, so it means we get new guys to watch out for and officially be excited about! Woo-hoo. Hi Kobe & Hafeez! Better luck next time on that whole result thing, MSUB.
MSUB 71 @ Hawaii Pacific 73
On paper it looked like two well matched teams and in reality it was and HPU got the ‘W’ but it was still a super great game played by MSUB.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had an amazing 25 points on good shooting; Zack Rollins had 23 points; and Sven Jeuschede had 10 points. Off the bench Kobe Terashima had seven boards; and the bench collectively grabbed seven boards.
Yikes on those turnovers, but really good rebounding numbers, Jackets!
Alaska Anchorage 59 @ CU-Portland 55
What we expected: UAA to lose if Jacob Lampkin didn’t play.What actually happened: Jacob didn’t play and UAA won anyway.
Seawolf highlights: Maleke Haynes had 10 points; DJ Ursery had an amazing breakout game with 22 points and 12 boards along with a full house; Josiah Wood had five boards; Jack MacDonald had eight points; and Brian Pearson had eight boards. Off the bench Curtis Ryan had seven points.
Overall great rebounding numbers Seawolves! Congrats on a good win.
Cav highlights: Bryan Michaels had 23 points and eight boards; and Chris Edward had nine boards and five blocks. Off the bench Taylor Harris had five points; Hunter Sweet had five boards and six points; and Deandre Stallings had five points as well.
Every time Concordia loses it legitimately confuses us because we expect them to win. They’re definitively in the upper half this year, or at least they should be, and while we get that Anchorage has a great history and all of that… This was a completely winnable game for CU-Portland and arguably rather critical, so we’ll see about that.
Alaska-Fairbanks 60 @ Western Oregon 81
We had actually planned on going to this game but got stuck in a snowstorm in the Oregon Cascades. Good to see we didn’t miss anything.
Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell had nine points; Alex Baham had 10 points; Joe Lendway had six boards; and Michael Kluting had nine points and six boards. Off the bench: Jalon McCullough had six points; an Tre Eisenhut continues to impress with 13 points.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had nine points; Demetrius Tramell!! had nine points; Tanner Omlid had nine points and nine boards; Vince Boumann had 10 points, seven boards, and five assists, wow!; and Riley Hawken had 11 points. Off the bench Janvier Alaby had nine points; and Dustin Triano and Ali chipped in six points a piece.
Theory: Jim Shaw lets each of his starters hit 10 points and then says “enoughs enough.” Next thing you know he’s going to be listing Tanner Omlid as ‘DNP — Old.’ Riley Hawken got extra because he’s been slumping -we still believe in you Riley! You’re great. We missed you so much last year! Riley redshirted last year after playing fantastically at CU-Portland the year prior.
NNU 67 @ CWU 80
What we expected: A pick ’em game.
What actually happened: It was never close; CWU rolled the whole time.
Nighthawk highlights: Khalil Thompson had 22 points; Obi Megway had 16 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had eight points; and Maurice Jones was SILENCED with eight points and six boards. Off the bench Sam Roth had seven points.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 15 points, seven boards, and five assists -whoa!; Jawan Stepney had 16 points and six boards; and Fuquan had a quiet game with 10 points and seven boards. Off the bench Marc Rodgers was 4-4 from the line; and Coleman Sparling had 10 points and six boards.
When we saw that Maurice Jones had a bad game, we assumed Fuquan had an insane game. Oddly enough nope. Go figure. Apparently they contained each other, lol. Really good win for the Wildcats -nicely done.
Congrats on some great wins, great SOS boosts, and continuing to carry on.
Good Lord, finally. He was playing terribly to start off the season and we were beginning to think we were insane for what we expected out of him and then… He has games like these, and we’re no longer hypochondriacs regarding bulky rebound maniac basketball players.
Trey logged some insane numbers this week: 39 minutes a game, a 13.5 rebound average (10 & 17, respectively), and 26.5 points per game average (32 & 21), which is all insane. He also managed to pick up a mere two fouls in his 17 rebound performance and then while he had some issues with turnovers… We tend to forgive turnovers in blowouts because you start trying more interesting things with passing, and so they’re typically moot. Obviously in this case, they were 100% moot.
Congrats Trey on a great week and good luck with your finals!
So many new people, so many variations in scheduling that… Forget it. Conference play it is, which is still going to get slightly wacky because of some of the pre-winter break vs. post winter-break games, but oh well. Cross that bridge when we come to it.
No generic platitudes this time, but here are the nominees:
UAF: Alex Baham
UAA: Jacob Lampkin
SFU: N/A —> Daulton Hommes of WWU
WWU: Trey Drechsel
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Luke Chavez
MSUB: Zack Rollins
CWU: Fuquan Niles
NNU: Obi Megwa
CU-PDX: Chris Edward
WOU: N/A —> Maurice Jones of NNU
Winner’ll be up in an hour.
Hoooo boy, big congrats to the Nighthawks on a great win.
SMU 67 @ NNU 92
FUN-DA-MEN-TALS *clap clap clapclapclap* were what propelled NNU to a great victory and SMU to a disappointing loss. Honestly we’re not particularly concerned about this loss from an SMU perspective; just get back on the horse and they’ll be fine. It is a really good win from an NNU perspective though, so that’s nice.
Saint highlights: Jordan Kitchen had 10 points; and Luke Chavez was kept fairly quiet with six boards. Off the bench Jared Matthews had eight points; BJ Standley had five points; and Tavian Henderson continues to make the case for sixth man with 10 points and five boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had a fantastic 31 points and five boards; Marko Lepovic had six boards; Jayden Bezzant had 12 points; and Maurice Jones was relatively contained with 13 points and nine boards. Off the bench Sam Roth had 10 boards and seven points.
Congrats to the Nighthawks on a fantastically played game. Keep grindin’!
SPU 84 @ CWU 83 in OT
Oh SPU… One of their assistant coaches not named George nor Kegan threw a fit over us being given stat sheets and we’re still wondering how it’s any of his business/why he cares so much about what an opposing school does with distribution of statistical information.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 boards; Sam Simpson had 10 points and seven boards; Tony Miller had 23 points; and Gavin Long had 17 points. Off the bench Harry Cavell had six points and five boards; and Nathan Streufert had five boards and a full house.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz continues to impress with six boards and five steals; Malik Montoya had 12 points and five boards; Jawan Stepney had five assists; and Fuquan Niles had nine points and nine blocks. Of the bench Sage Woodruff had 16 points; and Drake Rademacher was seriously impressive with 18 points and nine boards.
Don’t let the ‘W’ fool you -this SPU team is still a mess and the numbers reflect that. Congrats to Central on a hard fought game.
CU-PDX 60 @ SFU 68
Yup. Close all game. SFU finally put it away, but it was still not comfortable until the buzzer went off.
Cav highlights: Jace Cates had 10 points; and Christopher Edward had 20 points and a whopping 19 boards (WOW!!).
Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 21 points and seven boards; Michael Provenzano had six assists; JJ Pankratz had 27 points and 11 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Othniel Spence had seven points.
An interesting lack of numbers by the Cavs -we’re honestly shocked they were in it as long as they were, going off the stats. Jarrett Gray has been down for a couple of games, so either he’s out of sorts or teams have figured him out -maybe both. Regardless: Nicely done Clan!
WOU 58 @ WWU 85
Dat palindrome score. Pretty much was as we expected -Trey Drechsel went off and that was all she wrote. It was close for a bit, but for the most part the Vikings were in control the whole way. At half time we weren’t sure because WOU is so good at half time adjustments, but… Not a chance. Tanner Omlid was 100% contained -absolutely insane. Nicely done Viks!
Wolf highlights: Vince Boumann had 11 points; Ali Faruq-Bey had 16 points and six boards; and off the bench Dustin Triano had six points; Brandell Evans had seven points; and JJ Chirnside also had seven points.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had 21 points and seven boards; Deandre Dickson had a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards; and Daulton Hommes had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma had nine points; and Siann Rojas had eight points.
Way to go Vikings!!
MSUB 80 @ UAF 88
There we go. We’re pretty sure the GNAC Circle of Strength has been officially completed, but we’ll deal with that later.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had 10 points; Tyler Green had 18 points; Kamal Tall had 10 points and six boards; Zack Rollins ahd 19 points and six boards; and Sven Jeuschede had 10 points. Off the bench Zharon Richmond had seven points; and Daniel Shedden had six points.
Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 23 points, five boards, and a full house, along with being 7-8 from the line; Davis Kimball had 24 points; Joe Lendway had 11 points and seven boards; and Michael Kluting had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, along with five fouls. Off the bench Jalon McCullough had five ponts; Donny Wilder had seven boards, five assists, and a full house; and Tre Eisenhut had seven points.
Not bad numbers from MSUB in the slightest, so we consider it a well-fought loss, which is always good. UAF is a hard place to play. Congrats to UAF on their first quality-ish win.
Ridiculously fun night of basketball. This coming week is pretty dead while teams deal with finals, but things really resume a week from Tuesday, so a nice break and then jumping in fully. POW will be up tomorrow and we’ll go from there.
This is Jacob’s first year at Alaska-Anchorage, having transferred up from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
Jacob played like we expect centers to play, and exactly as we saw him play on the high school level at O’Dea. We had a number of opportunities to watch him in high school and vividly remember him because he was a huge part of our scouting report, no pun intended.
This weekend he served as the one bright spot for Anchorage in the Hawaii Pacific game and then repeated the performance yet again against Chaminade. In the HPU game he had 12 points and 13 rebounds along with just three fouls -impressive in 29 minutes of play for a center. In the Chaminade game, he proved himself yet again scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards, while only picking up two fouls in 32 minutes of play.
Congrats Jacob on a great weekend of play and welcome to the GNAC!