Previewing Tonight’s Games!

Yes, the ball was dropped on POW yet again -we’ll do it tonight while we’re watching these games.

First and foremost: SPU, SFU, and we believe UAF are now all officially eliminated from making the conference tournament, at least from what we understand.

Second of all… all times pacific:

SMU @ SFU @ 5:15pm

SFU could play the spoiler, but really SMU just needs to get through this game. They should be in kill mode. Will they? Who knows. After last year and watching UAA/CWU control their conference tournament destiny, they should be wholly ready for it and we can’t wait, but… We’ll see. Anything can happen.

Prediction: SMU gets it done.

MSUB @ CU-PDX @ 7pm

CU-PDX upset WOU on Tuesday and although they’re not eligible for the conference tournament, they’re making great headway being the upset darlings. If you can’t make the conference tournament, why not ruin it for someone else? Spoiler is as spoiler does. They’ve been playing really, really good basketball as of late, and while we swear by the talent of MSUB and are thrilled that Kendall Denham is starting again… Who knows. They’re fighting for a spot in the conference tournament on paper… Hopefully they play like it in reality.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

NNU @ UAF @ 8pm

Really excited about this match-up. They should be really evenly matched teams; one is essentially underachieving while the other is overachieving. They’re playing in Fairbanks, which is a challenge unto itself. UAF, chance to the spoiler at home? Absolutely.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ UAA @ 8pm

GAME OF THE NIGHTTT. CWU needs to win. UAA it would be nice to get a win. We’ve missed the early-conference play as of late. People have figured out how to shut them down and they have been. We’re not sure which direction this game will go -the Seawolves absolutely blew out the Wildcats initially during the first game, but then CWU battled back and it was really close. We’re sure it left a lasting impression on CWU, but we’re not sure the same could be said for UAA, so it’ll be interesting to see how both teams respond. It’s hard to win in Alaska, but CWU has the fire of trying to make the conference tournament under their tuckuses, so hopefully that rockets them along.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Not sure what to think other than that we’re excited.

Conference Game Day #18

The most normal night of basketball to date. We keep saying that and it’s because we’re stunned every time.

WWU 83 @ NNU 59

It looked close there for a hot second and then WWU rolled.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford scored 21 points; Logan Schilder grabbed five boards; Daulton Hommes had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards; and Jeffrey Parker also had a double-double with 11 boards and 13 points. Off the bench Deandre Dickson had five boards and 12 points; while Trevor Jasinsky had 13 points. The Vikings collectively grabbed a whopping 49 rebounds -wow!!

Crusader highlights: Bouna scored 27; Pol Olivier had five steals; Kaileb Rodriguez scored 14 points; and Maurice Jones continues with 16 points and 14 boards for the double-double.

Again: normal game. Congrats to the Vikings on making progress in securing your seeding. Good effort to the Nooks -good luck against the Alaska schools!

SMU 83 @ MSUB 92

Did anyone else have a heart attack while watching this game? Good, we’re not the only ones. Close the whole game. Even when MSUB was up by a couple of possessions and managed to keep it there, you never felt safe because SMU is so good at hitting shots down the stretch. Very exciting game, congrats to both teams.

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had nine assists; Jordan Kitchen had six boards; Rhett Baerlocher had five boards and 16 points; and Fred Jorg had six boards. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 17 points and five boards; and Brandon Kenilvort had 16 points. We looove a good sixth man, and are ridiculously proud of Brandon! Energy off the bench, you’s fire B!

Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had 14 boards; Kendall Denham FINALLY IS STARTING AGAIN!!!! and had 15 points, six boards, and six assists; and Marc Matthews had 23 points. Off the bench Zach Lessinger had eight points and four boards; while Kamal Tall had seven points and six boards.

Again: Ridiculously good game. Proud of all of the guys.

SFU 76 @ CWU 90

The Wildcats had Naim Ladd back. ‘Nuff said. No, actually the Clan maintained presence in it for a long while, they just didn’t hit shots down the stretch; had they, even a few more, it would have been a really exciting game almost the entire time. It wasn’t a super bad blowout by any means.

Clan highlights: Michael Provenzano had five assists; Othniel Spence had nine points off the bench. Collectively the Clan shot almost 80% from the free throw line.

Wildcat highlights: Dom Hunter had 27 points; Terry Dawn (and his fan club, Lordy!) had 10 points and eight boards; Fuquan continues with 13 points, 10 boards, and five blocks; and Chris-Michael Garret had five boards. off the bench Cameron Burton had five points; Naim Ladd had nine points; and Jawan Stepney had 12 points.

Good effort by the Clan, congrats to the Wildcats on getting their circulatory system back. We feel like Dom Hunter is the heart, and Fuquan Niles is the spinal cord, but apparently they struggle to function without Naim, thus circulatory system.

UAA 71 @ WOU 89

Shout-out to the WOU social media team for actually responding and posting updates once they were told the Feed was down. Ridiculously appreciated!

Seawolf highlights: Suki had 23 points while being 12-14 from the line; Diante Mitchell had 15 points; and Spencer Svejcar had 13 points. Off the bench Damien Fulp had seven points.

Odd that Corey and Connor have no rebounding highlights, but the game overall had a really low number of rebounds available, so initially we were like “wow, WOU did a good job!” but no, just no one really grabbed many boards.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 19 points, six assists, and overall a full house; Ali had 22 points; and JJ Chirnside had 10 points and five boards. The WOU bench was monstrous this game: Demetrius had 11 points; Bryan Berg had six points; Isaiah Edwards had seven points; and Connor Thompson had five points and six boards. Maybe not so monstrous, but almost everyone put up numbers, which is rarely seen.

Not too much of an exciting game as far as we could tell, but congrats to the Wolves on officially clinching their berth in the conference tournament.

UAF 75 @ CU-PDX 77

We’d list them as CU-P but you all would laugh at it every time, so… CU-PDX continues. We have no idea what happened in this game because of the continuing ineptness of Concordia’s staff, but it is what it is. What’s odd is their NAIA conference is usually all up on the updates, so why they’re sucking at the NCAA D2 level when it wouldn’t have been tolerated on the NAIA D2 level is awful. We’re incredibly annoyed by it partly because we like to know what’s up and partly because we like the Cavs so we’re genuinely curious as to what’s up.

Nook highlights: Nahjee played 40 minutes; Bangaly had 12 points; LaDonavan Wilder grabbed seven boards; Zach Pederson had 11 points and six boards; and Brandon Davis continues on with 40 minutes and 11 points. Off the bench Spencer Clark had five points and four boards; while Michael Kluting had 12 points and seven boards.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had 21 points and eight boards amongst a full house; Latrell Wilson STARTED and had 15 points; Christopher Edward had nine boards and nine points; Jarrett Gray had 10 points; and off the bench Davis Nuaimi had nine points; while Tre’ Vance had 10 points.

We assume this was an exciting game. Congrats to the Cavs on the win!

Congrats to all on great effort displayed! POW will be up tomorrow on schedule and then the ‘Standings’ chart will be updated tonight.


Conference Game Day #17

Here we go! We wrote this while at CWU/SFU.

SMU 80 @ SPU 77

Brutal game. Learning game for the Falcons –they had been up by a bit and then went through a major scoring drought, so… With that scoring drought, it’s kind of impressive that they managed to keep it as close as they did. We’re aware they were missing a player, but injuries happen. Everyone’s missing someone typically so we’re not super concerned about it. They could have won this game against a very good SMU team and they didn’t; simple as that.

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had 16 points and five boards; Jordan Kitchen had 12 points and five fouls; Rhett Baerlocher had five boards; Tyler Copp continues to impress with 17 points; and Fred Jorg added six boards. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 13 points; and Brandon Kenilvort had 15 points and seven boards.

Falcon highlights: Tony Miller had 33 points and 15 boards; Gavin Long had 14 points and went 10-10 from the line. Off the bench Nathan Streufert had nine boards and six points; and Hunter Eisenhower had six points.

SPU 75 @ MSUB 70

Again: youth. SPU led by 13 at one point and let the Jackets back in. Congrats Jackets on a battle well-fought. Falcon highlights: Tony Miller had 13 points and six boards; Joe Rasmussen had 22 points and five boards; Gavin Long had 25 points an, six boards, and four assists on great shooting; and off the bench Nathan Streufert grabbed seven boards.

Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had five boards; Marc Matthews had nine points; Jace Anderson grabbed four boards and picked up four assists. Bench play was big for the jackets and in that: Kendall Denham had 11 points and five fouls; Zack Lessinger had 12 points and eight boards; and Cinco durr added five points.

SFU 82 @ NNU 88

Crusaders pulled it out at home, thanks to some okay defense. Not too many highlights for SFU, but a remarkably close score from a program that’s clearly on the upswing. Congrats Crusaders on getting it done.

Clan highlights: Iziah had 20 points and five fouls; Michael Provenzano had 18 points and eight boards while being 12—12 from the charity stripe; and JJ Pankratz had 23 points and seven boards. Off the bench Tyrell Lewin had sven boards.

Crusader highlights: Bouna played 40 minutes and had five boards and 25 points; Kaileb Rodriguez had 15 points; and Maurice Jones was AMAZING AGAIN and had 13 points and 18 boards. Off the bench Carlos Garcia had 10 points; Pol Olivier played r40 minutes (off the bench?) and had 10 points; and Jayden Bezzant had 15 points on great shooting.

UAF 61 @ WOU 68

Close game the whole time and then WOU managed to put it away at home, of course on the back of Tanner Omlid.

Nook highlights: Bangaly had 12 points; Zach Pederson had 15 points and 15 boards, wow; and Brandon Dvis had another 40 minute game. Off the bench Michael Kluting had seven points in just nine minutes.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 13 points and 17 boards; Ali had 11 points; JJ Chirnside had 12 points; and off the bench Malik made some noise with 17 points, finally. We were wondering where the numbers were.

Great job to the Nooks for keeping it close -really great score, the Wolves did a good job shutting down Brandon Davis offensively, although defensively he did a great job at continuing the quest and not letting it bring him down.

WWU 85 @ CWU 73

A very normal score. Odd. CWU as noted –not a bad score. WWU is a really good team. They’re not playing for a spot in the tournament at this point, but for their seeding.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford played 40 minutes, went 8-8 from the line, and grabbed seven boards; Blake Fernandez had a great game with 12 points, five boards, and seven assist with zero turnovers; Daulton Hommes had eight boards; and off the bench Deandre Dickson had 17 points and 12 boards for the double-double; while Trevor Jasinsky had eight boards and six points.

Wildcat highlights: Dom Hunter had 24 points and six boards; Terry Dawn had nine points; Fuquan gonna Fuquan with 14 points and 14 boards; and off the bench Chris-Michael Garret had six points, five boards, five assists, and four steals, um, YEAH -he also had a block, so full house.

Not as rivalry game-ish as we maybe expected, but congrats to the Vikings on the win!

UAA 67 @ CUPDX 68

Overtime game. We honestly have no idea what went on because Concordia dropped the ball on updating the stats. Sorry UAA =( We apologize to them because home fans whatever, but especially with one of the Alaska schools, really? Really? You’re really going to drop the ball against a fan base that has a legitimate excuse to not be at the game?

Seawolf highlights: Suki had 11 boards; Diante had 14 points while playing the entire 45 minutes; Spencer Svejcar got in foul trouble and thus only sad 23 minutes but still added 12 points and five fouls; Corey Hammell had 12 points and nine boards; and Connor Devine had seven boards and six blcoks in a whopping 41 minutes.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had nine boards; Latrell finally started and grabbed six boards; Christopher Edward grabbed nine boards and had five fouls; Jarrett Gray had six boards; and 13 points; and off the bench Davis nuauimi had seven points; and Tre Vance had five points.

Congrats to the Cavs on a game well fought, but boooo to your social media department.

Conference Game Day #18 (from last night) will be up soon.

Previewing Tonight’s Games

All times pacific.

WWU @ NNU @ 6pm

This should actually be a really exciting game -WWU is a great team, NNU loves to step up against great teams when they’re playing at home, we like the skills of both, we believe in the NNU’s home court advantage, and yet right now the Viks are competing for seeding. We’re not convinced seeding in the West Region means anything this year, but it could, and everyone always wants to be a higher seed, right? Still, NNU is all primed and ready for the upset, so… What’ll they do?

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SMU @ MSUB @ 6:30pm

Another game we’re really excited about. SMU and SPU went toe to toe, SPU and MSUB ultimately went toe-to-toe after the Falcons let a blow-out slip through their hands. SMU and MSUB are theoretically really well matched. We believe Preston Beverly is the best player in the game, but think SMU has a lot higher talent level collectively. Altertowitz is a hard place to play and thus…

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SFU @ CWU @ 7pm

SFU almost upset NNU. CWU lost to WWU. Wasn’t a blowout, wasn’t close. They lost “comfortably”? Losing is never comfortable, but it wasn’t a bad loss in the slightest. CWU is having to readjust after losing their #2 man that they weren’t quite aware that they relied on so much. Fuquan is amazing, Dom is amazing, but as it turns out: Naim makes all of it work. Can they bounce back from not having him?

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ WOU @ 7:30

Game of the night. It should be insane. Both teams need a win. Monmouth is a difficult place to play in, but we believe in the talent of this UAA team. At the same time -we believe in WOU because if you have Tanner Omlid, you’ve got a shot at winning any game -especially at home, and especially with parity being the rule of the day.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAF @ CU-PDX @ 8:15pm

No idea. Absolutely no idea. CU-PDX has started to look amazing but UAF just gave a very good WOU team all it could handle. No telling what’s going to happen.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Yup. All pick ’ems. We’ll see. Nightlights? Maybe.

Previewing Tonight’s Games

All times pacific.

SPU @ MSUB @ 4:15pm

Who knows? Not us. SPU just lost a game to SMU by a mere three, even while having a couple of massive scoring droughts. MSUB just got swept by the Alaska schools, which is no fun. It’s hard to play at MSUB, SPU/MSUB is rivalry-ish, which is beyond strange. The schools have been playing each other for a long time, the last several years both have almost entirely bald coaching staffs meanwhile being travel partners, and the games have been crazy intense. On the one hand we’re like “MSUB is so skilled, they’re amazing, they’re at home, they’re going to win.” And yet SPU is making a push and regardless as to what can or cannot happen, it’s important to finish strong.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SFU @ NNU @ 6pm

SFU just got a nice win over WOU. NNU just got swept by Spartin. NNU is playing at home and is a good team and we tend to think they’ll win, but this is a year that anything can and will happen, so… The potential for SFU to get the win is definitely there.

Prediction: NNU wins -no idea on the score.

UAF @ WOU @ 7:30pm

WOU flat out needs to bounce back after the SFU and WWU losses, UAF wants to win, but the Wolves should be entirely fired up at this point. Every game is a pick ’em if you ask us, but this is one that the Wolves should pull out -homecourt, blah blah. It’s not that UAF isn’t 100% capable of beating them even in these circumstances, it’s that there are likely too many guys at WOU that are ready to simply WILL the Wolves to a win.

Prediction: WOU -no idea on the score.

WWU @ CWU @ 8pm.

CWU doesn’t have Naim Ladd and so there’s a desire amongst that fanbase to think the sky is falling. We relate, but in this case we don’t agree. First and foremost: Y’all have Fuquan. Second of all: This is a rivalry game. This is a big, massive, huge, crazy, insane, best-game-of-the-year level rivalry game. This is the Apple Cup of D2 basketball. Anything can and will happen. Still, we’re going to go against our gut:

Prediction: WWU wins.

UAA @ CU-PDX @ 8:15pm

Concordia is a good team, but UAA has far more to play for. The GNAC champ doesn’t get the autobid by any means, but UAA should be in “kill everyone” mode, especially before a big game against WOU on Saturday. Will they over look the Cavs? Again, it’s not a matter of the Cavs not being able to beat the Seawolves, it’s a matter of ‘who sees this win as live or die?’ maybe that’s Concordia, but more likely it’s Anchorage. We’re curious to see how Drew and Christopher Edwards do against an elite rebounding team like the Seawolves.

Prediction: UAA wins.

Should be a great night of basketball. Tweet at us if you want.


Player-of-the-Week is… Maurice Jones!

His shooting from the field against SPU was gag worthy, but the Falcons still couldn’t keep him out of the paint, and thus… He had a good game, including picking up five fouls. Against Saint Martin’s he actually was effective, playing forty minutes, grabbing 11 boards, and using four out of his five fouls. A huge reason the score (90-81) doesn’t look like a blowout is because Maurice Jones’ motor never stopped and the coaches never pulled him. We like that attitude -let him pick up his four fouls, you’re not going to be any safer with him out of the game than you are with him in it. Go big or go home.

Going home may be the thing for Mo. He hails from Riverside, California, a city that’s coming to live in infamy here on the GNAC blog -it’s where Cal Baptist is located duh duh duhhhh. They’re really good at basketball, they have deep pockets, they’re in a great location, overall: they’re a big threat, Mo hasn’t utilized a redshirt year as far as we can tell, and there’s already an NNU to CBU pipeline via Alex. We don’t blame him if he leaves in the slightest, we just hope he doesn’t because we’re selfish and think he’s amazing and would rather have him stay and be amazing in the GNAC.

So… Congrats Mo! Hopefully this isn’t our last time naming you player-of-the-week. Good luck against Burningham!

Player-of-the-Week Noms!

So many great performances this week, lots of great single game performances, but plenty of guys that rocked it for the weekend as well.

UAF: Brandon Davis -continues to will that team on.
UAA: Spencer Svejcar -Is the Man, once again. Like the Aloe Blacc song is pretty much about him at this point. Preston Beverly, next year, hopefully.
SFU: Kedar Wright!! So excited about this one, two great performances including a nice win against WOU.
WWU: Taylor -cray cray for Tay Tay, ’nuff said.
SPU: N/A —> Donated to Rhett Baerlocher of SMU, who was a MONSTER from 3 point land on both nights. Awesome.
SMU: Cole Preston, Point guard of the year. Not official yet, but the performances throughout this season have been incredible.
MSUB: Marc Matthews -did his dardnest against the Alaska schools, didn’t walk away with a win, but two very respectable performances.
CWU: N/A —> Donated to Brandon Kenilvort of SMU -great rebounding performance against both Cenazar schools.
NNU: Maurice Jones needs to stay for another year and not be another one-and-gone NNU player.
CU-PDX: Drew Martin -continues to carry the load. He was impressive in the WWU game, even with the lopsided score.
WOU: N/A —> Donated to Corey Hammell of UAA; not much from the field but grabbed boards and made his free throws = two good performances.

Congrats to all of the guys nominated, winner’ll be up soon!

Conference Game Day #16

Whoaaaa. What a night. Root Root for the Home Team  -first time that’s happened all year. Simon Fraser got their first in-conference win, there were a lot of blow-outs, and some interesting stuff in the SPU/CWU game.

CWU 61 @ SPU 79

We’re probably biased when we say this, but it wasn’t a blowout. Don’t let the fact that SPU led by between 9 and 13 for a majority fool you; that’s three possessions and in a rivalry game that means exactly nothing. CWU decided to foul at the end and so 18 happened, but they were in it until the last two minutes. Also CWU fans: Naim Ladd may be gone, but SPU didn’t have Tony Miller, so… Fair is fair. Injuries are a part of basketball, but in that sense it was completely even because both teams were missing a key starter.

Wildcat highlights: Dom Hunter grabbed six boards; Jawan Stepney had 16 points and eight boards; and Fuquan had five boards. The Wildcats got some impressive bench play including: Cameron Burton had five fouls; Jerome Bryant had seven points; Sage Woodruff had 13 points; and Chris-Michael Garrett had seven points.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 24 points and nine boards; Joe Rasmussen had six boards and 15 points; Olivier-Paul Betu had 12 points; and Gavin Long had 10 points and five boards. Off the bench Sharif Khan had eight points; and Nathan Streufert had seven points and 12 boards.

CWU, don’t be Chicken Little. Your world isn’t over because Naim is out; you’re still a good team -we love Sage Woodruff, maybe you should start him? You guys still have plenty of good players, and you’ll be able to make noise in the conference tournament. Nothing means anything this year in terms of going from one game to the next. Congrats Falcons on getting you redemption and a nice rivalry win.

CU-PDX 64 @ WWU 87

We don’t even know what happened in this game. We were sitting there not really paying attention to the first few minutes because who cares the game is 40 minutes long and then next thing we knew WWU was up 20. Like in the first three minutes. It was insane and we’re still confused, but congrats Viks! You is scary. Concordia, you still had lots of great moments.

Cavalier highlights: Drew Martin had a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards; Christopher Edward had five boards and five fouls; and off the bench Dennis Ahana had six points; and Latrell Wilson had 14 points.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had six boards, four assists, four steals, and 21 points; Blake Fernandez had nine points and seven boards; Logan Schilder made a statement with 10 boards and four blocks; Daulton Hommes had a quiet game with 12 points and no credited rebounds(??); and Jeffrey Parker had 19 points. Off the bench Brett Kingma went 3-3 from downtown and finished with nine points; Deandre Dickson had 10 points and seven boards; and Trevor Jasinsky had five boards.

One of the most normal games of the year, arguably. Concordia, don’t take this loss to heart -you’re a good team and so is WWU.

WOU 63 @ SFU 68

Interesting. Curious. Peculiar. WOU had been playing badly, SFU had been threatening an upset, and this was the game those things were consummated. Congratulations to all.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 13 points, 11 boards, and five fouls; Ali went 8-9 from the line; and off the bench Akil Reese had seven points and five boards; while Bryan Berg had 10 points; and Connor Thompson had four boards.

Clan highlights: Kedar Wright had 11 boards and 19 points; Iziah had 17 points and 11 boards; Michael Provenzano had 12 points and six assists; and off the bench Tyrell Lewin had four boards.

Big congrats to the Clan for getting the ‘W’ and big congrats to the Wolves for hopefully getting this out of your system.

NNU 81 @ SMU 90

While the CWU/SPU game was never a blowout even though the Falcons won by 19, this game was never close even though the Saints won by only 9. They absolutely decimated the Crusaders from start to finish. The Crusaders ended up with oddly okay numbers because the Saints let off the gas, but don’t let said numbers fool you -this was a butt whooping on all fronts. Although similarly: Don’t let that fool you about NNU. We believe in the Crusaders this year, this just wasn’t their game. Go figure? Congrats Saints.

Crusader highlights: Jayden Bezzant had 21 points and five boards while going 7-8 from the line; Bouna had five boards; Kaileb Rodriguez had 10 points and five boards; and Maurice Jones played 40 full minutes and had 26 points and 11 boards. Good on the coaching staff for keeping the pedal to the metal and never letting the blowout get in these guys heads. 100% at all times on all days.

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had 22 points, five boards, and a whopping seven assists; Jordan Kitchen had nine points; Tyler Copp had 18 points; and Brandon Kenilvort had 11 boards and 10 points. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 11 points; and Rhett Baerlocher had a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards.

Congrats to the Saints on a nice demolishing, congrats to the Crusaders on keeping Fred quiet -Maurice Jones, ya done good.

MSUB 58 @ UAA 74

This game couldn’t decide whether or not it wanted to be interesting. Initially we thought the score wasn’t being updated because no one was scoring at all. That can happen when good teams go up against each other, although we weren’t actually watching so we couldn’t tell you whether it was because both teams were playing well or both teams were playing badly. UAA would walk it up and then MSUB would reel them back in and back and forth and then UAA said “No. We’re done.” And you have the score above. Congrats Seawolves!

Yellowjacket highlights: Marc Matthews had 17 points and five boards; Jace Anderson had 22 points; and off the bench Jordan Perry had 12 points.

Seawolf highlights: Suki had 28 points and nine boards; Diante Mitchell had 10 points; Spencer Svejcar had 17 points and nine boards; Corey Hammell went 8-8 from the line, finishing with a double double of 10 points and 10 boards; and Connor Devine picked up four blocks and five fouls. Off the bench Ashton Pomrehn scored five points; and Travis Parrish grabbed four boards.

The Seawolves kept the sophomore superstar quiet and while the Yellowjackets did their dardnest, they couldn’t overcome it. Still, great job to the Seawolves for accomplishing that and to the Jackets for having moments of where it looked like they were overcoming it.

………….. We’re still discombobulated with these scores. For a lot of reasons. Great night of basketball, congrats to all on bests put forward! POW stuff will go up tomorrow.

Previewing Today’s Games

All times pacific.

CWU @ SPU @ 4:30

Rivalry game. Anything can happen. SPU could get blown out. CWU could win a close one. SPU could win a close one. It’s at home, they almost upset the Wildcats in their house so there’s going to be a lot of tension, both with CWU wanting to prove that they’re still one of the best in the conference (which they are, there are just a lot of teams in that conversation right now) and wanting to prove that SPU isn’t anything this year. SPU still mathematically has a chance at making the conference tournament, so they need this win big time.

Prediction: CWU wins big or else it’s close. Don’t think the Falcons are able to blow out the Wildcats.

WOU @ SFU @ 7pm

SFU came so close to beating Concordia and it seems like of any year for it to happen, this could be a year for them to upset the Wolves, but… No. Not happening. The Wolves lost a very uninspired game in Bellingham; time for them to remind the Clan of their place in the conference.

Prediction: WOU is victorious.

CU-PDX @ WWU @ 7pm

Concordia has looked really good as of late until they looked really bad against SFU. Bounce back game? Can they beat the Viks on their home court? Talent wise, absolutely, ability to see it through and win? Doubtful. WWU played really terribly until pulling away in the last couple of minutes against WOU -time to get back on track.

Prediction: WWU wins.

NNU @ SMU @ 7:30pm

Not sure what we’re thinking on this one. They should be really evenly matched and it should be an exciting game. NNU looked like a mess against SPU on Thursday, but we don’t expect that to hold. SMU played a tough game against CWU, even with CWU missing one of their top scorers, but ultimately pulled it out. Should be interesting.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

MSUB @ UAA @ 8pm

Game of the night, in our personal opinion, no offense to CWU/SPU. UAA is a really good team with a really good home court advantage. MSUB is a really good team that on any given night has the ability to beat anyone or lose to anyone. When they click, they’re amazing. When they don’t, they’re pedestrian. On Thursday against UAF, it appeared Preston Beverly was feeling the weight and tried to do too much. It’s a difficult thing because on the one hand we would encourage him to rely on his teammates, but on the other hand the statistics rarely support that idea -it’s very 50/50 as to whether or not he needs to play hero ball on any given night (because make no mistake: He has willed them to multiple wins this year) but figuring out what type of night it is, is challenging for anyone against any opponent, much less a sophomore against a ridiculously deep and experienced UAA team.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Should be a really good night of basketball, although ultimately we could see some blowouts. That’s what’s weird this year -CWU could blow out SPU, WWU could blow out Concordia, UAA could blow out MSUB, WOU should blow out SFU, but there’s no telling if any team will actually do that. The only “true” pick ’em game for a normal year would be NNU/SMU, but… It’s not a normal year, so we’ll see.

Conference Game Day #15

UAA 68 @ UAF 61

Exciting game. It was looking dicey for a long time and then we believe Spencer Svejcar hit a three and then the Seawolves were able to walk it up and mostly keep it out of reach.

Seawolf highlights: Suki had eight boards; Diante Mitchell had 21 points; Spencer Svejcar made a statement, getting a double-double with 24 points and 10 boards; Corey Hammell went 4-4 from the line and grabbed 11 rebounds; and Connor Devine grabbed five boards. No real bench play.

Nook highlights: Nahjee had 18 points; Bangaly had five boards and a full house; LaDonavan had six boards; and Brandon Davis played 40 minutes and finished with a full house among 19 points and three steals. Also no real bench play.

NNU 68 @ SPU 83

Falcons showing their youth, but getting it done much better. Even last week, they weren’t able to close games like this and tonight they did. The Crusaders played really hard and did their best to exploit, but ultimately couldn’t quite get it done.

Crusader highlights: Bouna went 9-11 from the line; Kaileb Rodriguez had 14 points; Maurice Jones had a double-double including 14 boards; and off the bench Nikola Prvulj had five points.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 14 points and seven boards; Tony Miller had 24 points; Joe Rasmussen had 14 points and six boards; and Olivier-Paul Betu had six assists. Off the bench Nathan Streufert had seven boards along with a full house; and Hunter Eisenhower had nine points.

This is potentially a big statement for the Falcons -it says that they’re finding themselves, which on a team as young as they are is big. This Falcons team had no concept of how to win earlier this year and slowly but surely they’re learning. As for NNU, no big deal. The conference is a mess. The Crusaders are still a super great and talented team.

CU-PDX 74 @ SFU 73

SFU was — that close to winning and then they committed a stupid foul and they didn’t. The Cavs got out by the skin of their teeth, but it is what it is and was what it was. Congrats Cavs, you done got lucky.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had 13 points; Christopher Edward had nine points, 10 boards, and four steals among other stats meriting a full house, Jarrett Gray had 10 points; and Harris Taylor had 19 points. Off the bench Latrell Wilson had 18 points.

Clan highlights: Kedar Wright had 21 points and five boards; Iziah had 15 point,s, five boards, and four steals; Michael Provenzano had 21 points; and off the bench Tyrell Lewin had six boards.

WOU 63 @ WWU 73

This game was a mess. Both teams are good, but it was seriously an ugly game of basketball that the players knew was ugly, thus they made it even uglier by getting all chippy. Because the game was so ugly, the chippyness wasn’t entertaining -it was just desperate. Congrats to the Viks on ultimately getting it done.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 19 points; Ali had 20 points and five boards; JJ Chirnside had five boards; and off the bench Bryan Berg had five points; while Isaiah Edwards had five boards.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 26 points as well as four boards, four assists, and four steals; Logan Schilder had seven boards; and Daulton Hommes had seven boards. Off the bench Deandre Dickson had an awesome eight boards and 18 points; and Trevor Jasinsky had five boards.

Yeesh. We’re glad this game is over. Interesting for the Wolves though -their game was ugly against the Falcons too and they got away with it; can’t do that against WWU.

MSUB 74 @ UAF 83

Close the whole game. Agonizing. The parity continues. The Nooks played really well, finally. Great game from them, super proud!

Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had nine boards and finished with a full house; Marc Matthews had 19 points and six boards; and Kamal Tall had eight boards. Off the bench Kendall Denham had 11 points; and Cade Alcorn had five boards.

Nook highlights: Nahjee had five boards and six assists; Bangaly had 10 points; LaDonavan had 13 points; Zach Pederson made a statement with a double double of 11 boards and 11 points; and Brandon Davis played another 40 minute game, finishing with 22 points. Off the bench Michael Kluting had nine points.

Again, congrats to the Nooks on a great performance. Good luck to the Yellowjackets against the Seawolves.

CWU 79 @ SMU 80

This game was insane. Naim Ladd didn’t play, Fuquan shut down Fred, and the Wildcats still almost pulled it off. We admittedly fell asleep watching it, but… That was because of the insanity that’s been going on in our state this week. It ultimately had a 9:15 start time because both Cascade passes are closed, thus CWU had to go down around and up. Yup -what would have/should have been a two hour bus ride turned into six. For those that don’t live here -pretty much all of western Washington shutdown on Monday due to snow and then Tuesday due to ice. The entire week has been weird. It’s now 55 degrees outside. Go figure.

Wildcat highlights: Jawan Stepney had 17 points; Fuquan turned in a classic center performance with a double double of 15 boards and 14 rebounds while missing three shots from the line; and off the bench Cameron Burton had six boards and eight points; while Sage Woodruff continues to make a mark with 14 points.

Saint highlights: Cole Preston rocked it yet again, playing 40 minutes and scoring 15 points and dishing out 10 assists for the double-double; Rhett Baerlocher had 20 points and eight boards; and off the bench Trey Ingram added 14 points; and Brandon Kenilvort a double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Big congrats to the Saints, huge win. CWU, we still believe. Not in your bubble, your bubble has now official burst, but we still know you’re a great team and are proud of you all the same =)

What a night. It was incredible. Everyone played really hard (minus the Westerns) and it was a night to be proud of -even the Westerns.