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!
First player-of-the-week noms of the season! We know we keep saying stuff like that, but last year was so much fun that we truly have waited all year and then with the lack of pre-season ability because of no one returning anything -it’s hitting now and we’re so excited every time we get to sit down to look at basketball stuff.
UAF: LaDonavan Wilder -back in force!
UAA: Jacob Lampkin -into the GNAC by storm.
SFU: N/A —> Donated to Davis Kimble of UAF, another newbie making noise!
WWU: Logan Schilder -very classic center numbers, great field shooting, fantastic rebounding.
SPU: Tony Miller -Tony gonna Tony.
SMU: N/A —> Donated to Gavin Long of SPU.
MSUB: N/A —> Donated to Nathan Streufert of SPU; smart shot selection, ferocious rebounding.
CWU: Khalil Shabazz -two good games, yet another newbie!
CU-PDX: Cody Starr -Again, a newbie!
WOU: Darius Luborn & Riley Hawken -Another newbie and an old favorite that we’re SO glad to have back.
WOWWW, how exciting is this?! Transfers making NOISE. Literally half of the nominations went to incoming transfers; case-in-point why we leave a lot of spots for them on our all-conference teams. That said, don’t freak out too much vets; non-conference is great, but conference play is where our focus truly is, so you’re still good. Shout-outs also to Logan and Nathan, both of whom have been with us at least a year but had never been nominated for POW, so it’s also exciting to see familiar faces planting a stake.
The Hilo/SMU preview:
Trey Ingram vs. his old team! Woo-hoo! Aside from that, we’re curious because we think Alex Pribble used some gamesmanship in the FPU game because Matt Dahlen was seriously impressive in the Point Loma game, but barely played in the previous day’s game, so we’re excited to see him play more D2 and see what that does against this Hilo team that we have exactly zero read on. Regardless of anything else: the Saints need to up their rebounding. We get that a Ryan Looney coached team is always going to rebound well, but… 37 to 23 rebounding advantage, seriously? You’re better than that SMU.
Prediction: Pick ’em, although we’re tempted to pick SMU straight-up.
POW winner’ll be up at noon & we’ll actually be at the Hilo/SMU game, so come say ‘hi.’
Tanner… Wow. Highlights include the elusive triple double, plenty of double-doubles, and actually a reasonable number of minutes averaged -he wasn’t a 38-39 minute per night guy, which makes these numbers especially nuts. He has what we consider to be the premier intangible in that he appears to be able to think through “What’s Important Now?” as he’s actively playing, which is insane and amazing. He plays the game of basketball in the correct way -he’s everywhere, doing everything, and his effort is apparent at all times. He’s not the most athletic guy, but he utilizes the tools he’s been given well.
Tanner is a fantastic team player with great court vision and an integral understanding of the game of basketball. He can go off, that is for sure, but he also trusts his teammates abilities to go off -that’s how you got dynamite performances out of guys like Ali, Demetrius, and Malik. Tanner never worried about what his numbers were going to be like and that’s likely what set him apart, and lifted him to Player-of-the-Year status.
Congrats Tanner -we’re so happy we get to keep you for another year, and can’t wait to watch you again soon!!
Better late than never!
Suki Wiggs -Alaska-Anchorage; Sr.
Taylor Stafford -Western Washington; Sr.
Maurice Jones -Northwest Nazarne; Jr.
Christopher Edward -CU-Portland; Jr.
Tanner Omlid -Western Oregon; Jr.
Spencer Svejcar -Alaska-Anchorage; Sr.
Daulton Hommes -Western Washington; RS Fr.
Tony Miller -Seattle Pacific; Fr.
Preston Beverly -MSU-Billings; So.
Drew Martin -CU-Portland; Sr.
Brandon Davis, Corey Hammell, Diante Mitchell, Cole Preston, Deandre Dickson, Gavin Long, Fuquan Niles, Dom Hunter, and Bouna N’Diaye.
This was actually a really fun year for player-of-the-year with how much parity there was and how well they compared to each other in regard to production and team impact. It’s fun having so many underclassmen on these teams because we to keep most of them.
We’re about four weeks out and we absolutely cannot wait.
Player-of-Last-Year will be up in an hour.
Three great games. Because he played three and the other nominees played two, we ultimately took the average because the fact is, dead is dead and that’s what your legs inevitably are after playing three games in three days, including one that went to triple overtime in which you flat-out will your team to a win.
In the first round against the Yellowjackets Tanner went 7/7 from the line, grabbed 11 boards, and managed four steals. Against the Seawolves and their homecourt advantage (no joke; UAA fans, y’all show up and y’all are LOUD) he shot 50%, made most of his free throws, and managed to stay with only four fouls in three periods of OT. Wow. Nicely done Tanner! And finally: Against the great defense of the Vikings, Tanner met his match -his shooting was far less than ideal, but he did still find plenty of other ways to be productive and kept them in until the final second.
The best part about Tanner is… We get to keep him for another year, which we’re really excited for. He had a great junior season and is definitely the pre-season favorite for player-of-the-year, but… We’ll see. Target on his back, that is for sure.
Congrats Tanner on a great conference tournament performance and we hope your summer workouts have gone fantastically!
To be in consideration, a guy had to play at least two games in the tournament; that said, if they hit our minimum for qualifying for POW, they’re included regardless of school.
WWU: Taylor Stafford -two forty minute games and went 15/16 from the line in one of them. Wow.
WWU: Daulton Hommes -high minutes and very smart and efficient play -the numbers scream “unselfish” and yet he still had a great impact with scoring. Very proud of him.
SMU: Cole Preston -finished up his career with a couple of good games.
WOU: Tanner Omlid -Three really good games, including two where he was out of his mind. In the 3OT thriller he played 46 minutes, which… We’re actually a little surprised he was allowed to rest that much.
Tournament MVP will be up in an hour.
Mo continues to impress -he played 40 minutes in the mighty lair of the Nooks and grabbed a whopping 18 rebounds! WHOAAA. He also wasn’t bad from the field, finishing with 23 points on 50% shooting. In the den of the Seawolves he was a little cold from the field but still went 6-6 from the line, grabbed nine boards, and had ZERO turnovers in 30 minutes of play. The Alaska schools are notoriously the hardest in the conference to play at and so this performance is particularly impressive in that respect.
Now it’s the end of August and we still are worried about him transferring. We haven’t heard anything yet, but… We want him back so badly! Stay Mo, stay!
That said: Congrats on the POW win and we’re crossing our fingers we get to watch you pick-up more of them in the coming season!