Category: conference teams

Player-of-the-Week is… Trey Drechsel!

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!

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Conference Game Day #2

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.

Previewing Today’s Games + MSUB Results

Good morning and welcome to the third big day of non-conference play.

First, the results of last night’s D2 (but non-region) game:

MSUB 75 vs. Mary 72

MSUB played a game against a Northern Sun school (non-region D2 opponent) and we had no idea what to expect out of it, so we didn’t put a prediction, but it did end basically as we expected with it being an incredibly close game. MSUB is now 3-0 in D2 play, which is awesome.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham finally had a good game with 13 points and four assists; Tyler Green continues to impress with a fantastic 24 points and six assists; Kamal Tall had 11 boards; and off the bench Zharon Richardson had 10 points and six boards; while Daniel Shedden had seven points and five boards.

Congrats on a nice win, Jackets!!


Game Day Previews.

All times pacific standard:

CWU vs. Hilo @ 4:30pm

We’re really curious about this game because Hilo has now lost to SFU and SMU, meanwhile beat WWU. The trend would say that CWU should beat Hilo without too much of an issue, and so we’re going with that.

Prediction: CWU wins reasonably.


CU-PDX vs. San Fran State @ NNU @ 5pm

Really curious about this game because it should be a good test for the Cavs. It’s a neutral court being in Nampa and should be a good step-up test for the Cavs. SFSU looked pretty good last week with wins against Academy of Art and Dominican, so we’ll see what Christopher and Jarrett can lead the team to.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


WOU vs. Azusa Pacific @ 5:30pm

Another interesting game. Azusa is usually good; WOU projects as being really good, and we’re excited for the Wolves to get another chance to truly run. They got a nice win over Point Loma and we have full confidence that they’ll continue that today.

Prediction: WOU wins a close one.


SPU vs. CU-Irvine @ 7pm

Yet another interesting game. Irvine was looking pretty darn good last week with a win over Chico and a blowout over San Marcos. This is going to be a big test for the Falcons -it’s the first team they’re facing where they know going in that the opponent is good, and so we’ll see how they respond to it.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


NNU vs. Academy of Art @ 7pm

Should be well matched. AofA and NNU usually sit in similar spots and we really like the team that NNU has this year -even without them having been tested on a D2 level yet. The Crusaders have a surprisingly good home battlefield advantage (’cause they’re Crusaders, get it?) and Maurice Jones is back and we’re confident about him.

Prediction: NNU wins.


UAA vs. Holy Names @ 8:30pm

Seriously UAA? It can’t be that hard to get people to come and play you. For those missing it: HNU usually sits really low in the Pac-West, so this should be a gimme-game and they’re facing the Hawks two games in a row at home. At least go play them on the road twice in a row, geez.

Prediction: UAA wins big.


Should be an interesting day of games. As always -tweet at us with thoughts/questions/etc.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

POWs Non Con Week #1 + SMU/Hilo Preview

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!
NNU: DNP
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.’

All-Conference Teams

Better late than never!

1st Team:

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.

2nd Team:

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.

Honorable Mention:

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.

Our GNAC Tourney MVP is… Tanner Omlid!

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!

POW: GNAC Tourney Edition

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.

POW for Feb. 23-25th is… Maurice Jones!

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!

Player-of-the-Week Noms!!

Beginning our traditional “oh crap, it’s almost September and we need to finish all of last season’s stuff,” burning of posts.

For the games on February 16th and 18th, respectively.

UAF: N/A —> Dom Hunter, CWU.
UAA: Suki, because Suki gonna Suki.
SFU: Michael Provenzano
WWU: Daulton Hommes
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Cole Preston
MSUB: N/A —> Joe Rasmussen, Seattle Pacific.
CWU: Fuquan Niles -Fuquan gonna Fuquan. And by Fuquan we mean dominate.
NNU: Maurice Jones -Mo gonna Mo. And we want MO! Always.
CU-P: Drew Martin
WOU: Tanner Omlid. Because duh.

Nothing in depth because it’s been six months, but we had a blast refreshing our memory of these numbers -some really great performances and as much as we’ve procrastinated, it still comes back and we’re like “OH MAN, that was SO great!!”

Winner’ll be up in an hour because while it seems stupid six months later… Routines are routines.

Previewing the GNAC Championship Game

#4 Western Oregon vs. #1 Western Washington…

Looks like it’ll tip right around 7:35. We’ll also be paying close attention to the CCAA championship game, which features SFSU and UCSD. We have a situation on our hands that means all of a sudden WWU is back in the discussion of hosting the Regional, which means… Rock meet hard place.

If WWU wins and UCSD loses, there’s no reason not to send the Regional to Whatcom. If WWU wins and UCSD wins, then there’s an interesting discussion to be had. Looking at UCSD’s schedule, they’ve lost three conference games: San Marcos, Chico State, and Sonoma. Chico State is in the tourney, as far as we’re concerned. So is SFSU, regardless as to whether or not they beat UCSD tonight. That implies that UCSD has greater strength of schedule than the Vikings, and that would be true.

The GNAC has been a mess this year, with the sloppy games never seemingly ending. And it was all just stupid sloppy and a lack of commitment to fundamentals by all involved -ick. If Western Washington wins this game, the GNAC should be a one bid league. WWU has conference losses to MSUB, UAF, and UAA. They have wins against everyone else. And yet UCSD has wins against Regional bound teams. While WWU absolutely killed the Tritons in non-con, that was a long time ago.

It’s all moot if WWU loses the championship game -in that case, have fun in San Diego y’all. The good news with that is it means two GNAC teams will be going. Yeah, WWU can make their own schedule look weaker by winning. Go figure.

So, to summarize:

WWU wins, UCSD loses, WWU should host.
WWU wins, UCSD wins, it’ll be a discussion that arguably should favor UCSD.
WWU loses, UCSD wins, we’ll feel comfortable sending the regional to San Diego.
WWU loses, UCSD loses, we’re going to veer on the side that UCSD should host because UCSD beat another Regional-bound team to win, whereas WWU didn’t.


Now let’s preview the WWU vs. WOU game:

Western Washington is the conference regular season champion. They’re a great rebounding team -everyone on that team rebounds. They out-rebounded their opponent 39-26 last night. Um, yeah. That being said: their defense lacks at times; that team that they massively out-rebounded was in it until the very end. They have a lot of very good players, and Taylor Stafford tends to get the glory as their best player, and while he is, there are a lot of other people on this team that do a lot of good things that make what Taylor does possible.

Western Oregon played a 3OT game last night against a UAA team that was missing their key senior post presence in Corey Hammell. Western Oregon’s best player is a guy by the name of Tanner Omlid -notable for getting at least one triple double, keeping his turnovers low, and motivating his teammates whether he’s on the court or on the bench. Tanner Omlid is the best player in the game, period. We’re excited we get to keep him for another year.

That being said: having the best player doesn’t mean you win.

WOU had an impressive number of players last night that were able to be counted on to go in, give the starters a breather, and not get behind, with their best bench player being Demetrius Trammell. He is distinctively their 6th man, so we don’t really consider him a part of their bench. If WOU has to use the bench to tread water, that’s going to be difficult against this Vikings team because the Vikings are approximately nine guys deep, even with a starter out due to injury.

WOU has the most talented player. WWU is deeper. If the Vikings allow Tanner Omlid (and to a degree Demetrius Trammell) to put the rest of the team on their back, the Wolves have a very good shot at winning. If they can eliminate most of the production of those guys, they should be fine.

We honestly don’t have a prediction because the conference has been such a mess, we know both of these teams so well, we know what both are capable of at their best, we know what both are like when they’re playing uninspiredly, and there’s just no telling which two teams out of those four options are going to actually show up tonight.

Good luck to all -we believe in y’all, play hard, be strong, be safe, go GNAC!