Conference Game Day #20!!

Publishing tonight just because every game ended by 7:30 and we want one more post to go up on Leap Day.

Every game today was nuts, and now that every single clock has ticked down to zero, we finally know the conference tournament pairings!

On Thursday:

#3 WOU vs. #6 Alaska-Fairbanks
#4 NNU vs. #5 Alaska-Anchorage

On Friday:

#2 WWU will take on either NNU or UAA… We feel like this is the more favorable match-up.
#1 SPU will take on either WOU or UAF… Good luck with that, Falcons.

We’ll preview the games on Thursday & Friday morning, respectively, and so for now… Let’s talk about this final day of regular season chaos.

UAF 89 @ WOU 95

It would be close, and then WOU would walk it up a bit, and then somehow UAF would get back into it, and at several points we even believed UAF was going to come up with the miracle victory, and then they didn’t, but it’s all good ’cause CWU lost in the middle of the UAF/WOU battle, so it’s moot.

Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 25 points and seven steals; Spencer Sweet had six boards; and Mawich Kachjaani finally functioned again and had a whopping 16 points and 14 boards in just 26 minutes -nicely down Mawich! Off the bench Markel Banks had nine points; and Alex Sommerfield had 10 points.

Wolf highlights: JAYLYN RICHARDSON had 27 points; Dalven Brushier had 22 points; and Riley Hamilton started and had nine points. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 12 points, 11 boards, four assists, and five steals, wow; and Cameron Cranston had 11 points, six boards, and five assists.

Some interesting numbers from both teams; Shadeed Shabazz has continued to have turnover issues, which is super odd for him, and then with the Wolves John Morrill-Keeler had an absolutely terrible day, which is again odd. Good to see Jaylyn Richardson have a second great game, and good to see the Wolves going deeper; now is the time for that.

UAA 69 @ CU-PDX 72

Definitely didn’t see this one coming either. Both Dakota AND Oggie played questionably, so… Good job with that? Oggie was in foul trouble, and Dakota couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn. Been there. Not sure what to think about what this loss means in regard to UAA going forward? Probably nothing, because this is the GNAC?

Seawolf highlights: Tyrus Hosley continues to impress with 19 points and eight boards; Tobin Karlberg had 14 points; and Oggie Pantovic had 12 points and 10 boards. Off the bench DeAndre Osuigwe had 10 points; and Tyler Brimhall made some noise grabbing seven boards.

Cavalier highlights: Russell Tillery hit every shot and had nine points; Xavier Smith had 26 points; and El-roi Butler had 13 points and eight boards. Off the bench Hunter Sweet bounced back nad had 11 points; and Dakota Ayala had eight boards.

Congrats to the Cavs on digging deep and going out on a win. We’ll be keeping an eye on things to see where y’all end up. Good luck to the Seawolves against the Nighthawks on Thursday.

SFU 74 @ MSUB 73

In the one meaningless game of the day, chaos kept things meaningful. For the vast majority, MSUB was winning and we presumed they would continue doing so. They did not. With about 10 minutes left in the second half, the Clan took the lead, relinquished it with two minutes left, and then somehow managed to come out on top. Nicely done, Clan!

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 18 points and six boards; Mike Provenzano had 16 points; Mike Hannan had 11 points; and “off the bench” Wil Balata was on fire and had 18 points and nine boards. Congrats to the seniors on going out with a bang.

Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 10 points and eight boards; Tyler Green had five boards; and Brendan Howard had 23 points. Off the bench Psalm Maduakor ended the season strong with seven points and nine boards; and Jordan Lehrer had four boards.

Not really the numbers we were expecting; the seniors of SFU played well, Jasdeep Singh had a terrible day but the Clan still won, and Brendan Howard played well, which is good. The good news for Jasdeep having kind of an off year, is that GNAC guys chronically peak as juniors; having junior year be a slump gives us a lot of hope that your senior year will be fantastic; it also conveniently matches up with Wil Balata’s junior year, so the Clan actually could be fantastic next year.

CWU 56 @ SPU 63

This game was… Something. CWU was in it and playing their hearts out, meanwhile SPU was simply going through the motions and seemingly 100% unconcerned with the back-and-forth game. In many ways, it was the closest blow-out we’ve ever seen. With about three minutes left, the Falcons went “shoot, we should probably actually try to win this game,” and that was that. The CWU guys didn’t even seem surprised by it either; they weren’t mad after the game, just resigned to the fact.

Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 19 points; and Marqus Gilson had 10 points and eight boards on great shooting. Off the bench Gamaun Boykin had seven points; Matt Poquette had five boards; and Micah Pollard had 12 points and five fouls.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 17 points and five boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 18 points; Shaw Anderson had 10 points and 10 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Mehdi El Mardi had eight points and five boards.

Maybe the biggest highlight of the game for the Falcons was that they continued the Leep-era tradition of having three starters out due to injury; not only were they missing Gavin Long, but they were also missing Filip Fullerton and Gabe Colosimo, so… That was interesting. Congrats on getting the ‘W’, Falcons, and congrats on completing this entirely weird season, Wildcats.

NNU 66 @ SMU 70

Pretty back-and-forth game, and then SMU seemed to take some semblance of control and we were like “Okay, the Saints are gonna win,” and then the Nighthawks STEPPED UP and we were like “Oh, NNU is gonna win a close one, great!” and nope. Saints got it done. Wow. Nicely done. You poor souls, Nighthawks. Goodness.

Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz had 10 points; George Reidy had 11 points; Jayden Bezzant had six boards; and Spider Adetunji had 10 boards and 11 points for the double-double. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had six points; and Zeke Alley went 5-7 from the line and finished with 15 points.

Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had 13 points, six boards, and seven assists; CJ Jennings finished the season strong with 19 points; John Moore had six boards; MARKY ADAMS played 40 full minutes and had 22 points and a whopping six blocks on 10-11 shooting from the field, wow; and Demonte Malloy had nine points and six boards.

We thought we were going to get to be at this game, but surprising no one, the conference website was wrong. Go figure. Miss you Saints, still feel like we should be headed down there for the conference tournament next week. For those that haven’t been to a conference tournament at SMU: It’s the best. Their fans show up regardless as to who’s playing, their concessions are great, their staff members are friendly, and the parking is easy. 12/10 experience. As for what Nighthawks team is going to show up on Thursday at SPU… We’re curious.

Really great final night of regular season hoops. Tomorrow we’ll go over the final standings of the other two conferences and what those conference tournaments will look like, in addition to our own.

Thanks to all for an absolutely insane regular season; we loved every minute.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Leap Day Games!!

GOOOOD MORNING and hello to February 29th. Happy Leap Day to all.

Think the players will remember it’s Leap Day? We could have some crazy dunking on our hands if that’s the case. We want to see Grant Leep dunk during warm-ups, in honor of Leap Day; how about that? Okay, even if that’s a stretch, it’s no stretch to say that this conference is chaotic and there is likely some impending insanity in today’s games, and so… Let’s talk about it.

Today we have two spots in the conference tournament on the line, being contested by Alaska-Fairbanks, Alaska-Anchorage, and Central Washington. We also have a first round BYE on the line, and who knows how that’ll go? As discussed late Thursday night: Things could get really complicated if both UAF and CWU win today. The question is: Who are they playing?

All times pacific.

UAA @ CU-PDX @ 2pm

We thought UAF would win on Thursday no big deal and yet… That didn’t happen. Admittedly UAF is much more do-or-die in regard to particular players playing well, while UAA has a solid handful of scorers, buuuut, we will say that if Dakota Ayala can shut down Oggie Pantovic, things could get dicey for the Seawolves. The big question is if Dakota’ll be back in the starting line-up because of Oggie. No idea what’s truly up with that, but we assume it’s Dakota saying “I know I’m safe, I know I’m going wherever I want, let the other guys start.” Last game ever for the Cavs, but unfortunately…

Prediction: Seawolves win.

UAF @ WOU @ 4:15pm

UAF just lost to CU-Portland, while WOU just faced insanity against UAA. We’ll see what happens. In reality, we’ll see if Shadeed bounces back. We hate pinning things on one player, but everyone knows he’s been carrying the load all year, and so whatever happens: He’s made it possible for their contention for the conference tournament in the first place, thus if he bounces back great, if he doesn’t it’s the fault of the 11 other players failing to step-up for one freaking game.

Prediction: WOU wins.

SFU @ MSUB @ 4:15pm

Really curious to see what happens during this game. It affects nothing as it comes to the standings, but… MSUB got a fantastic win against WWU on Thursday, and then SFU had a mildly irritating loss to the Vikings on Tuesday, and so we’ll see. It’s kind of sad; SFU has a lot of seniors that we adored as juniors that then fell on their faces as seniors, in true GNAC fashion. It kills us to say that we’re very ready to move on from them, but… We’re very ready to move on from them.

Prediction: MSUB wins.

CWU @ SPU @ 4:15pm

CWU almost beat SPU in the first game of conference play and here they are, putting it on the line in the last game. We’re curious to see the Falcons’ emotions going into this game; for CWU, everything rides on getting a win today, while for SPU nothing rides on getting a win today, and so… The passion levels could be different. If the standings were less complicated, it could behoove the Falcons to lose this game; if a loss would guarantee the Seawolves not getting a bid to the conference tournament (which it can’t) it would be worthwhile because we would so much rather play the Wildcats again than the Seawolves.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

NNU @ SMU @ 7:30pm

SMU will once again try to play the spoiler, while NNU is still fighting for the 1st round BYE in the conference tournament. NNU lost a heartbreaker to SPU on Thursday and so will be wanting to bounce back. Yes, SMU also lost after being up for a majority of the time on Thursday, but… They never led by 26, and they relinquished the lead with about 10 minutes left, opposed to the three minutes for NNU. Thursday’s NNU/SPU game was nuts.

Prediction: NNU wins.

We’ll be following along with everything on our phone while at the Puget Sound schools today. Come say ‘hi.’

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #19!!

Last night’s games were INSANE and yet… First we want to discuss something kind of off-topic:

Does anyone else follow competitive eating? Joey Chestnut and his hotdogs, that sort of stuff? Well, our favorite competitive eater, Matt Stonie, just ate four pounds of Sour Patch Kids (1.8kg to our Clan fans) and we couldn’t even get through the video because our mouth was in pain just watching. And maybe the reason we attempted to watch the video last night after the game, was because the game we were at was similarly mouth puckering.

And there were a bunch of games likes that, so it’s fairly likely yours was as well, and so… Let’s talk about them =)

UAF 73 @ CU-PDX 78

Not the result we were expecting. And CU-Portland was leading for the vast majority of the time, while using the same line-up they have been, so nicely done Cavs. Yes: Shadeed Shabazz had arguably his most off-night of the season, seeing that not only was his shooting cold, he had four turnovers and only one steal, which is super out of character. Remember, we hate volume shooters more than just about anything because 99% of them play selfishly; Shadeed is a volume shooter that doesn’t play selfishly, hence why we’re a huge fan and have believed in this UAF team all year.

Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had six boards and went 10-12 from the line; Spencer Sweet played 40 minutes and had six boards; Koby Huerta had 12 points; and Mawich Kachjaani had six boards. Off the bench Markel Banks had five boards; and Alex Sommerfield had six boards and eight points.

Cavs highlights: David Wheeler had seven boards; Russell Tillery had five boards; Xavier Smith had 21 points and five boards; Dom Bradley had five boards; and El-roi Butler had seven boards and 12 points. Off the bench Bryce Cheney had eight points and four boards; Hunter Sweet had six points and four boards; and Dakota Ayala and nine points and four boards.

The Cavs won the rebounding battle by nine and shot 45% from the field to UAF’s 41%, but… Not sure what happened. You could say the Cavs wanted it more, but we’re not sure they did; UAF is pretty locked into their battle for the conference tournament, and we still think they have as good of odds as any to win the conference tournament should they make it. This conference is weird, congrats Cavs!

UAA 84 @ WOU 85

This game was insane, and just when we thought UAA was officially out of it and no more, they came back in and almost won it, in Monmouth no less. Absolutely insane, it’s games like these that make the sport so much fun, and we’re ridiculously proud of both teams.

Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 18 points; Tyrus Hosley had 15 points; Tobin Karlberg had 14 points and five assists; Jack Macdonald had five boards; Oggie Pantovic had 24 points and nine boards; and off the bench Tyler Brimhall had six points, three boards, and three assists.

Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 16 points; Cameron Cranston had 10 points and five boards; Dalven Brushier had 19 points on good shooting; and John Morrill-Keeler had 17 point and 10 boards for the double-double. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had eight points, six boards, and five assists; and Riley Hamilton had nine points -nicely done Riley!

The collective numbers of this game… UAA shot 55% from the field, while WOU shot 50%; UAA made 10-11 free throws, while WOU made 11-11; WOU led the rebounding battle 32-27; and the most shocking stat of the night: UAA went 12-25 from three, while WOU went 4-23, and yet… WOU somehow got the win. Insane. Congrats to both teams on an absolutely nutso game.

SFU 60 @ WWU 69

Admittedly SFU stayed in it for way longer than we expected, and it even looked like they might beat the Vikings there for a while. They didn’t, but it was a valiant effort and a nice performance by WWU.

Clan highlights: Mike Provenzano had 11 points; and Jas Singh had 18 points and nine boards. Off the bench David Penney had seven points; Corey Nzigamasabo had five points; and Drew Bryson had five points.

Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis shot well nad had 20 points; Siaan Rojas had eight boards; Logan Schilder had 10 points and five boards; and Trevor Jasinsky had 10 points and six boards. Off the bench Leif Anderson had five points; and Cameron Retherford had seven points.

Not a spectacular game from either team. Everyone’s tired at this point, and after Saturday we’re sure WWU was expecting a lot more help from the refs than they got. Unfortunate. Congrats to the Vikings on an honest win over the Clan.

WWU 79 @ MSUB 86

NICELY DONE MSUB!!!!!!!! Big win, way to play the spoiler, we know you still face the Clan tomorrow, but great second to last game of the season. The good news is that the WWU actually played pretty well; it wasn’t a case of taking advantage of a team off their game; the Vikings numbers were largely fine.

Viking highlights: Siaan Rojas had 16 points; Logan Schilder had 11 boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 13 points and five fouls; and Cameron Retherford started and had 11 points and five boards. Off the bench RJ Secrest had five points; and Luke Lovelady had 12 points.

Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had five assists; Zharon Richmond had 21 points, four assists, and four boards; TYLER GREEN went a whopping 9-10 from the field including 6-7 from three and had 25 points; Brendan Howard was relatively contained, logging just 12 boards and nine points; and off the bench PSALM MADUAKOR went 6-7 and had 17 points.

Beyond proud of you, Yellowjackets. Don’t get too down on yourselves this year; there were a lot of teams that projected well and then collapsed, you guys return everything you need and additionally get Kobe Tereshima, so next year should be good. It’ll be good to have you back as our travel partner; we love SMU but the Spillings back-to-back was legendary.

CWU 71 @ SMU 65

SMU led almost the whole way, but CWU managed to pull it out and thus their hopes and dreams for the conference tournament are still alive. Still, ridiculously pleased with the Saints and still ridiculously confused about this highly inconsistent CWU team.

Wildcat highlights: Xavier Smith had six boards; and Marqus Gilson had five boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 23 points and five boards; Matt Poquette had eight points; and Micah Pollard had 16 point and five boards.

Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had nine boards; and Marky Adams had 15 pointa and 13 boards for the double-double. Off the bench Demonte Malloy had nine points and five boards; and Alex Clinton had nine points.

Okay, so everyone played like trash (except Marky and Jeryn) and that’s how CWU managed to win. Interesting. Luckily for CWU, SPU had that kind of game too, so… They may get lucky tomorrow as well. In many ways CWU and SMU are two of the most frustrating teams in the GNAC and we kind of wonder what would happen if they switched coaches? It seems like SMU has the skills but not the coaching and CWU has the coaching but not the skills.

NNU 70 @ SPU 72

Don’t let the score fool you: NNU absolutely dominated the first half, we’re talking they were shooting 80% while SPU was shooting 25%. It was ugly; the Nighthawks were leading by 26 at one point, and the Falcons didn’t come close to making it competitive until there were about seven minutes left in the second half. The Falcons ultimately didn’t procure the lead until the score was 69-67, and we would say this was the second craziest game we’ve ever seen SPU play.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had six boards; Beto Diaz had 10 point and 10 boards for the double-double; Jayden Bezzant had 11 points; and off the bench Zeke Alley had 22 points and five boards.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 17 points; Divant’e Moffitt had 20 points; and off the bench Braden Olsen had seven points.

Not gonna lie: We pored over these stats for a looong time, just because… Nothing makes sense. SPU should not have won this basketball game. They were down by 26. The Nighthawks were hitting everything. This SPU team is young and has had a horrible time of recovering from being down, they also have a history of horrible halftime adjustments. They were missing a [second] starter, almost everyone started off cold and turnover prone, and… It came down to it, and their athleticism won the day?? Never a phrase we thought we’d say about SPU. Congrats to both teams on some positively INSANE defense down the stretch, particularly Sam Roth of NNU and Sharif Khan of SPU.

Insane night. We loved every minute of following everything and watching the game we were at. GNAC basketball is exhausting, all-consuming, and the best hobby we could ever have; thanks to all for making it so incredible.

Tomorrow’s post’ll be up in the AM.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!


Seriously chaotic, and so here we go:

SPU is the #1 seed in the conference tournament and thus has secured the first round BYE.

WWU at 13-7 is the current #2 seed, but they lost to MSUB tonight and whether or not they get the BYE is now currently out of their hands because they’ve already played both of their games this week.

WOU is currently 12-7 and the win tonight made them officially into the conference tournament. They’re also still in contention for the first-round BYE.

NNU is currently 12-7 and officially in the conference tournament as well as in contention for the first round BYE.

UAA is currently 11-8 and here’s where things start getting complicated. If the WOU and NNU both lose while the Seawolves win, then UAA will be tied with them BUT still not in contention for the BYE because that means WWU finishes with the 2nd best record at 13-7. A win over CU-PDX on Saturday does clinch the spot for the Seawolves.

UAF and CWU are both 10-9 and locked into a battle; for good and for bad both are facing a monster of an opponent on the road. The good news for UAF is that if they win and CWU loses, they’re in. If CWU wins and UAF loses, CWU is in.

If both teams lose, UAF gets the sixth and final spot, because UAF will have a win over SPU that CWU doesn’t have.

If both teams win… We can’t tell you who it’ll be just yet because it’ll depend on who ultimately finishes second.

UAF and CWU split their meetings.
UAF and CWU are both 1-1 against WWU.
CWU is 2-0 against NNU.
UAF would be 2-0 against WOU.

And so then you get into whether UAA wins or loses, and… both teams are 0-2 against UAA.

Oh and UAA hasn’t actually even clinched a berth in the conference tournament yet because of tiebreaker protocols. If they end up with the same record as UAF, they do own the tiebreaker; if it’s CWU, they won’t. Because UAA and CWU split in the regular season, the tie is broken by which team has beaten a team highest in the standings; in order for CWU and UAA to tie, the Wildcats will need a win over SPU, and thus CWU would win the tiebreaker over UAA because of said win over SPU. But CWU wouldn’t win that tiebreaker over UAF. Magical. The march to March is freaking magical ✨🧙🏻‍♂️✨

Yes, the standings chart is updated.

We’ll see y’all in the morning to discuss tonight’s games. Pleasant dreams, GNAC ⭐️🌙

Previewing Tonight’s Games!!

Hoooo boy, do we have some douzies on the schedule tonight and so… Let’s talk about them.

All times pacific.

WWU @ MSUB @ 6:30pm

All MSUB can hope to be is the spoiler. Will they be? Possibly, but WWU is on a pretty darn good streak right now with a sweep of the Puget Sounds schools and a solid win against Simon Fraser. Curious to see if the Yellowjackets can rouse themselves for it, or if the season’s ended a week early.

Prediction: WWU wins.

UAF @ CU-PDX @ 7:30pm

The second to last game ever for the Cavs, and we’ll be curious to see Rhodes line-up. With all of these random line-ups, we’ve been hoping to watch these guys play their way into other D2 scholarships because there won’t be a transfer penalty even transferring within the GNAC, but so far… It’s looking like the vast majority will be NAIA-bound if they want to continue playing college basketball. The good news is that the NAIA Cascade Conference is fantastic; it was CU-Portland’s longtime home and they’ve got a ton of awesome schools -Corban, Northwest, Oregon Tech, and College of Idaho- being our favorites.

Prediction: UAF wins.

UAA @ WOU @ 7:30pm

This should be an insane game. A spot in the conference tournament is on the line, although UAA players Concordia on Saturday while WOU plays UAF… Food for thought. UAA hasn’t been challenged as of late, but this game will be a big challenge. WOU is coming off of a heartbreaking loss at NNU in OT, they’re going to be ready to fight, they’re going to be ready to right the ship, and… UAA is going to do everything in their power to prevent it. Truth-be-told, we think this UAA team is more talented but WOU is able to utilize their talent more, so… We’ll see.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ SMU @ 7:30pm

CWU is mathematically still in contention for a spot in the conference tournament while SMU is 100% out. We feel like SMU is much more of a spoiler team than MSUB, and so… CWU’s likely in for a battle. They barely escaped CU-Portland at home and so… Is this the night their battle for Seattle ends? Perhaps.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

NNU @ SPU @ 7:30pm

Both teams are for sure in the conference tournament, NNU is fighting for a first-round BYE, which may or may not matter. Either way it’s a good warm-up for the Nighthawks getting to playin the SPU gym before the Falcons host the conference tournament. This NNU team looks very different from the last time SPU saw them; after some struggles early, the Nighthawks have been on fire. We have an Avian War on our hands and we’ll see who wins.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Great night of games on the horizon, we’ll be following along with everything on our phone whilst attending the NNU/SPU game.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #18!!

Hoooo boy. What a night of games.

“Root, root root for the hooooome teeeeeam, if they don’t win it’s a shame!” They all did. Zero shame last night, nicely done home teams!!

SPU 68 @ WWU 73

It’s funny. This is one of those games that reminds us why it’s so important to look at the numbers. In person we felt like Logan Schilder played really well and Leif Anderson was hitting everything and yet… Nope. Really great team game by the Vikings and a number other guys played really well, but in person it’s so minute-to-minute that the collective doesn’t sink in.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 14 points and five boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 16 points and five boards; and Shaw Anderson had 16 points and five boards.

Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 12 points and nine assists; Jalen Green had 10 points; and Trevor Jasinsky shot well had had 22 points and six boards. Off the bench Leif Anderson had 11 points; and Luke Lovelady had eight points.

With this win, the Vikings clinched their berth in the conference tournament, and so congrats to them on that. By far the deepest and most experienced team, it’s an expectation, but still, it was in doubt for a while, so alright. Falcons, you’ll have Gavin again on Thursday; you’ll be fine.

SMU 74 @ SFU 82

“Good” win by Simon Fraser. Not so much in the consideration that SMU returned nothing and SFU returned everything, but sure. The Clan’s hopes of making the conference tournament are still alive, go Clan! And SMU’s Alex Schumacher was back to normal, good news for said Clan.

Saints highlights: Demonte Malloy had six boards; CJ Jennings had 24 points; John Moore had 11 points; Marky Adams had 17 points, six boards, and four blocks among a full house of stats.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 22 points and seven boards; Mike Provenzano had 10 points and seven assists; Jasdeep Singh had 17 points; and Mike Hannan started and had 11 points and six steals. Off the bench Wil Balata had five boards; and Drew Bryson had eight points.

Not a particular game to write home about, but good to see the Clan right the ship, and sincere wishes of good luck against WWU on Tuesday.

MSUB 73 @ UAA 87

This was more of a game than we expected it to be. UAA doesn’t publish live stats, and so we checked the game at one point and the Seawolves were up by 20 or so and were like ‘okay…’ and never checked again. While it was never in doubt, the Jackets did make a good push in the second half.

Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 15 points; Tyler Green had 10 assists; and Brendan Howard got stuffed, ending up with 10 points only. Off the bench Clarance Daniels went 7-8 and had 15 points; and Psalm Maduakor had eight points, six boards, and five assists.

Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 19 points, six boards, and four assists; Tyrus Hosley had a double double among 20 points and 10 assists; Tobin Karlberg had 20 points, five boards, and four assists; Oggie Pantovic ate heartily on 7-10 shooting, with 14 points and five boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Tyler Brimhall had five boards.

Nicely done Seawolves, pretty much as expected. We wouldn’t worry too much MSUB; it’s hard to play in Billings and so embrace playing the spoiler with the North schools this coming week.

CU-PDX 66 @ CWU 69

Yes, the final result we expected but maybe not the final score in any sense? It seems like if you keep it close at NNU, you should beat CWU, and yet instead the Cavs just kept it close at CWU as well… Go figure. Nicely done Wildcats, keep up the good fight.

Cavs highlights: David Wheeler had 11 points and five boards; Dom Bradley had six boards; El-roi Butler had 15 points and six boards; and “off the bench” Dakota Ayala had 16 points and 10 boards on 7-8 shooting.

Wildcat highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 22 points; Gamaun Boykin had six boards; Kevin Baker had 11 points; Marqus Gilson had eight boards; and off the bench Matt Poquette had 17 points.

We have so much fun at Central that we kind of want to root for this CWU team, just no one has any consistency and no one really plays as a team, so… Against our ethos. Maybe next year. Dakota, we’re starting to have our eye on you for SPU… Not sure Grant would do it, but the Falcons could use it. Big time. And you don’t even have to give up your belief that the earth is 8,000 years old! SPU’s official policy on the matter is “choose for yourself.”

WOU 87 @ NNU 89 in OT

AAAAAAAH. This game was nuts the whole way through, and not gonna lie: We didn’t think the Nighthawks were gonna pull it out and they did and hooooly guacamole. Not sure what was up with the foul by Cameron Cranston, but… It was critical, and arguably he’s the Nighthawks MVP; yes, we’re aware that Cameron plays for the Wolves.

Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 13 points; Cameron Cranston had 12 points; Dalven Brushier had 23 points; Darius Lubom had six boards and six assists; and John Morrill-Keeler had 12 points and seven boards. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 10 points; and Zach Baugher had six points and five boards.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had seven boards; Beto Diaz is kicking into gear at the right time and had 22 points and seven boards; George Reidy had 16 points; Spider Adentunji had nine boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench ZEKE ALLEY had 25 points.

The Nighthawks out-rebounded the Wolves 42-31 and they needed every single one of them. Congrats to both teams on an insanely hard fought battle, and congrats especially to the Nighthawks on clinching their berth in the conference tournament.

Really fun night of hoops, we ended up sitting on the old people side at WWU, and honestly the seats and set-up is really good. Way too expensive ($20 for a D2 game, seriously??) but the sight lines are great, so credit where credit is due.

As noted earlier: SFU @ WWU is the Tuesday game, while WWU has clinched, SFU is still fighting and they beat the Vikings in a nailbiter alllll the way back in December, so good game to watch.

Last week of the season, we’ll try and update the really-out-of-date who’s beaten who chart later today, and… We’ll go from there.

Congrats to all on a great night of games well-played.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Let’s Look at the Standings!

We’ve been avoiding putting up one of these posts because until things started to solidify, there honestly just wasn’t any point. Yes, we could have discussed it to death, but… Literally there wouldn’t have been any point because SO much could change and to go through every particular scenario… It would be moot. It would be like predicting the D1 bracket before any mid-major conference tournaments had been played.

And yet… It is finally that time when we have SOME idea of what might be going on. Maybe.

Here are the GNAC standings as they stand today, Friday Feb. 21, 2020:

Basically: SPU is in and SPU has the first round BYE 100% guaranteed because they’re 16-1 and only have three games left, so even if they lose all three they’ll still be 16-4, which is two games ahead of any potential number two.

That’s where the good news ends for the Falcons, because… Winning the conference this year even with the Falcons notoriously difficult non-con means almost nothing.

In almost any other year it would be good non-con + far and away conference champ = NCAA tournament berth, but… For those fluent in WIAA basketball: SPU is Mercer Island and the CCAA is the Metro League. Sure SPU has this great shiny record in-conference and though they’ve had some scares, it’s not the nitty gritty terror that the CCAA teams face night in and night out.

In order to make the NCAA tournament as a GNAC team, even SPU is likely to require the auto-bid via winning the conference tournament, because as we see it currently:


UCSD is 100% in and hosting.
Chico State is in over SPU because they have the head-to-head match-up blow-out + strongest conference overall.
Cal Poly Pomona is in over SPU because they have the head-to-head match-up on the road + strongest conference overall.
San Bernardino is on the bubble, lucky for the Falcons, but… We’ll see what they do in the CCAA tourney.

Cal Poly Pomona & San Bernardino play DH & LA respectively, and then Monterey Bay and East Bay; UCSD also plays Monterey Bay and East Bay, while Chico State has a dangerous game at Stanislaus to end the year, but… Chico State and CPP we wouldn’t consider to be bubble teams; they both had a strong non-con while San Bernardino’s was weak.

In the realm of the Pac-West…

Azusa Pacific is 100% in because they had a super strong non-con and are hosting the conference tournament, although we actually don’t like their odds of winning the regular season. They still have a match-up with CU-I, while Point Loma has the legendary trio of NDNU, Art U., and Holy Names.

Point Loma should be 100% in; their non-con isn’t as good as APU and CU-I’s, but they should win the regular reason and it should be enough because the Pac-West is top-heavy.

CU-Irvine is more of a bubble team than they’d like to be, and could be where SPU gets their shot at an at-large berth. APU/Chico/Cal Poly Pomona, the Falcons actually have a win over the Eagles. Unless CU-Irvine wins the Pac-West tournament, they will be a bubble team because of a late-season loss to Dominican and fact that they play not only Art U., but Biola and Azusa Pacific this week, which is a much harder schedule than PLNU & the Bay area.

Chaminade now requires the autobid. They have recent losses to CU-Irvine, Fresno Pacific, and now host their two rival Hawaii schools that are going to want to take them down because the Chaminade guys are obnoxious; source: Played Chaminade last year.

Here at Home…

While yes the Pac-West and CCAA has better top teams, the GNAC actually has the better conference top-to-bottom. We basically only have CU-Portland as our annual “gimme” game (we see you SFU/Steve Hanson), while the Pac-West has HNU, Dominican, and NDNU. The CCAA has Sonoma State, Humboldt State, and usually Monterey Bay and East Bay; Bryan Rooney is now at East Bay, and SFSU beat Monterey Bay in the collapsing-after-non-con-game, but point is the CCAA usually has three guaranteed win teams.

For those checking in from the Pac-West and CCAA…

The GNAC is freaking NUTS.

And SPU isn’t that good, as y’all are likely aware with the Falcons non-con record. Realize that we’re an SPU alum ourselves and are like the biggest SPU homer you could ever possibly meet, buuuuut being an SPU alum means we have a functional brain, unlike most of our conference compatriots, and so we’ll be the first to ask you WHY HAVE WE WON SO MUCH WITH A BUNCH OF FRESHMEN?!?!?!?!? And like zero post presence. And a junior that won’t stop shooting even when he’s cold. And losing our one four-year starter of a senior in the middle of January. Have you seen our non-con record?!?! WE SHOULDN’T BE DOING THIS!!!!!!!!!

That’s not to say we don’t love and believe in our guys and our coaching staff and are ridiculously proud of every single one of them including our redshirts of which there are numerous, but… WHAAAAAAAT?!?!?!? Our second best frosh isn’t even playing!! He’s out for the year. We see you Zack Paulsen.

And despite the huge rant of “SPU ISN’T THAT GOOD,” there are a lot of very above average GNAC teams. Are they great? Are they gonna get an at-large bid? Is the conference perception wrong and should we have more teams in contention for an at-large berth??

No. Definitely not.

Because the one consistent thing throughout our conference is that there’s zero cohesion and minimal consistency.

Pretty much every team has a handful of guys that we love and swear by and are super fun to watch play and do great things for the teams, but can you count on them night in and night out? No.

Western Oregon: Dalven Brushier, Darius Lubom, John Morrill-Keeler, and Emanuel Gant is fantastic, but it’s hard to it with four. WOU is arguably the most balanced team in the conference in terms of being able to rely on any one of them, but again: hard to do it with four.

Western Washington: Trevor Jasinsky, Logan Schilder, D’Angelo Minnis, Luke Lovelady, Leif Anderson, Siaan Rojas, and Cameron Retherford have all had fantastic games, but can any of them do it consistently? Trevor, sort of.

Northwest Nazarene: Jayden Bezzant, Beto Diaz, George Reidy, Zeke Alley, Spider Adentunji, and Sam Roth; great line-up, but zero consistency. Sam Roth was consistent before this year, but not this year, Jayden and Beto were absolutely insane this year but we’ve only seen it a few times for each this year.

Alaska-Anchorage: Oggie Pantovic, Niko Bevens, Tobin Karlberg, Jack Macdonald, Tyler Brimhall, Deandre Osuigwe, and Tyrus Hosley have all had lights-out games, but can they do it cohesively and consistently? It’s been a struggle.

Alaska-Fairbanks: Shadeed Shabazz, Alex Sommerfield, Spencer Sweet, Mawich Kachjaani, and Koby Huerta all have had lights out games, although we would say Shadeed and Alex is our 1-2 from the Nooks.

Central Washington: Davon Bolton, Xavier Smith, Kevin Baker, Marqus Gilson, Jeryn Lucas, Gamaun Boykin, Micah Pollard, Matt Poquette; we’re pretty sure every single one of those guys has led the Wildcats in scoring at some point, but no one knows who it’s going to be and all are forever trying to become the hot hand.

Simon Fraser: Jasdeep Singh, Othniel Spence, WIl Balata, Mike Provenzano, Julian Roche, Drew Bryson, Graham Miller, Mike Hannan… This team has fallen off a cliff. If you asked us about this team last year we’d be like “THEY’RE SO GOOD!!!!!” this year, it’s Jasdeep + 1 random other guy on any given night.

Those are the seven teams in contention for the five remaining spots in the conference tournament. Because we literally just went through all of them, we’re going to put up the list of SPU guys we would count, and then select a 12-person GNAC all-star team, just for fun:

Seattle Pacific: Divan’te Moffitt, Harry Cavell, Shaw Anderson, Braden Olsen, Gavin Long.

If we were making a GNAC All-Star team out of the above guys, who would we take?

Shadeed Shabazz, Oggie Pantovic, Jack Macdonald, Jasdeep Singh, Trevor Jasinsky, Divant’e Moffitt, Gavin Long, Shaw Anderson, Matt Poquette, John Morrill-Keeler, Emanuel Gant, and Spider Adentunji.

Why did we pick those 12? We trust every single one of them to actually play as a team. There’s not a guy on that list that’s going to hurt you by playing selfishly. Is it a little short? Yes. But do we trust Logan Schilder or Julian Roche more than we trust one of the power forwards listed? Absolutely not. Logan and Julian were amazing last year, but where they disappeared to this year, who knows?

Meanwhile, back at the seven teams battling for five spots…

We feel like talking about spots in the conference tournament has gotten heavy on the violence and war metaphors, but… It’s intense! And it’s been intense for over a month. Absolutely insane. It’s never let off and we doubt it will as it comes down to the close because…

WOU (11-6) is at NNU on Saturday, and then next week hosts the Alaska schools. WOU has a great home court advantage, but everyone’s gonna be in all out warfare mode.

WWU (11-6) hosts SPU on Saturday, Simon Fraser on Tuesday, and then flies to Billings on Thursday. Billings is an insanely hard place to play, SFU and WWU have become better “rivals” as of late, and then SPU vs. anyone is always a fight.

NNU (11-6) is hosting WOU on Saturday, and then heads to SPU and SMU for the coming week. Don’t let SMU’s record fool you; they’re a tough team and NNU has had to be stay at full power for almost two full months now.

UAA (10-7) is hosting MSUB on Saturday and then heads to the Oregons to finish out the season. This is honestly one of the easier schedules to finish out the year; they should over-power MSUB just fine and then same with CU-Portland. WOU is the only game where they’ll be underdogs, and so… That’s looking like a 12-8 record at worst, which is good.

UAF (10-8) escaped a terrifying match-up with MSUB last night, is off tomorrow, and then heads to the Oregons this coming week, which gives you a likely 11-9 record at worst or 12-8 record at best, which is still fine.

CWU (8-9) doesn’t face a bad schedule to end the year, the problem is where they are currently, It would have helped them buckets to get the win over WOU last night. Tomorrow they take on a CU-PDX team that almost beat NNU, and then next week they take on the Puget Sound schools. Realistically they’re looking at a 10-10 record.

SFU (7-10) is dangerous because they’ve got a bunch of guys that all played really well last year, and yet can’t seem to get it together this year. They kept SPU close for a full half but couldn’t hold on. Saturday they host SMU, and then next week they’re at WWU and MSUB… Not the easiest games to play. They absolutely have the ability to go 3-0 and end at 10-10, but it seems like realistically they’re looking at 8-12, maybe 9-11 if they’re lucky.

If SFU does in fact end up at 8-12 and MSUB can shock the world and go 3-0 to end the season, then the results are still moot because provided things fall as relatively predicted…

Your final five GNAC conference tournament teams likely are:

Western Oregon, Western Washington, Northwest Nazarene, Alaska-Anchorage, and Alaska-Fairbanks. 

While yes, CWU and SFU aren’t out of contention yet, because of their current records and the opponents the teams above them are facing, they don’t control their own respective destinies and they would need help in order to make it, despite it not being out of the mathematical realm of possibility. On the one hand, the numbers above are pretty strong…

On the other hand, this is the GNAC and while we have relative confidence in what teams are going to ultimately make the conference tournament (finally) we’re only figuring that out with three games left to be played, and what the final order will be is wayyy beyond our scope of reach because you never know and once again: this is the GNAC.

Alright, that was a lot of information. Send your hate mail about why we think SPU sucks/why we’re such an SPU homer to @GNACMBB on twitter.

Be safe, have fun, and always remember: WEST COAST IS BEST COAST!!

Except for D2 men’s basketball it’s not, it’s really not. Reality is hard.

Conference Game Day #17!

Goood morning. Was there any iisHoCkInG!! result last night? No. But was it still a great night of games? Absolutely!

And so… Let’s talk about it.

UAA 94 @ UAF 81

UAA would walk up and then UAF would get back in it, and then UAA would walk it up again, and while there was a bit of a mad dash with about 90 seconds left, ultimately UAA managed to keep the lead and win the game.

Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 15 points; Tyrus Hosley had 15 points, seven boards, and six assists; Tobin Karlberg played 40 full minutes and had 23 points, eight boards, and six assists; Jack Macdonald played forty full minutes and had 19 points; Oggie Pantovic had 17 points and seven boards on great shooting; and off the bench Tyler Brimhall had five points, four boards, and four assists.

Nanook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz played 40 full minutes and had a huuuuge bounce-back game with 25 points and 12 assists for the double-double, along with five steals and four boards; Spencer Sweet had five boards; Koby Huerta had 13 points; and Mawich Kachjaani had five boards. Off the bench Keshaun Howard went 4-5 and had 10 points; Markel Banks had a good night with 16 points; and Alex Sommerfield had five points.

Usually we hate high volume scorers, but… Shadeed puts up so many great field metrics and gets his numbers WHILE helping his teammates. He has a huge scoring output, but he usually does it relatively efficiently and almost never at the expense of his teammates; seeing a scorer like this that doesn’t play hero ball is absolutely magical. That said, big congrats to UAA on winning and your line-up tightening up. We think it’s a great move at this point in the season. While we love UAF, it’s starting to be obvious that until Mawich can play at full strength again, they don’t quite have enough to be a threat to top teams night in and night out, which is unfortunate and so hopefully he bounces back soon.

SPU 88 @ SFU 67

Don’t let the final score fool you; it was actually a really tight game throughout most of the first half, before the Falcons managed to make some good halftime adjustments (finally) and walk it up and away in the second half. Some super weird numbers by the Falcons, go figure.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 24 points and six boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 20 points and six boards among a full house of stats; and Shaw Anderson had 12 points and six boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 11 points; Sharif Khan had five points; and Jacob Medjo went 4-4 from the free throw line.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 24 points, six boards, and five fouls; Mike Provenzano had 14 points; and Jas Singh had 21 points and eight boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench David Penney had four rebounds.

It appears the Falcons toyed with Wil Balata, while we’re not sure if Jasdeep nullified Filip or Filip nullified Filip. Go figure. Matt Kiatipis did in fact see playing time and went 1-1 with one foul and one assist in seven minutes. Keep an eye on him next year -lacking particular numbers can be just as big as the presence of others. Zero turnovers is good. Congrats to the Clan on what largely was a pretty darn good game, and congrats to the Falcons on locking in well in this tune up for WWU.

SMU 61 @ WWU 71

The Saints were in it for a longgg time and had CJ Jennings not been so busy chucking up shots and instead distributed them to his teammates, the Saints had an incredibly good shot at winning. Alas, the trademark of this year’s SMU team is Aaron Landon allowing wayyy too much of a leash when guys are cold.

Saints highlights: Demonte Malloy had seven boards; CJ Jennings had six boards and four assists; Logan Rooney had 13 points; John Moore had five points; Marky Adams had seven boards; and off the bench Alex Schumacher had 18 points.

Viks highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 12 points; Siaan Rojas had five assists; Logan Schilder had nine boards; Jalen Green had five assists; and Trevor Jasinsky finally had a good shooting night nad had 21 points and six boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Leif Anderson had six points and five assists; and Cameron Retherford had nine points and five boards.

We’re really not sure what to think about these numbers from the Vikings. While there were definitely some good ones… They mirror a solid amount of SMU’s, which is just beyond perplexing because SMU returned no one and WWU returned everyone. Curious about Saturday’s game; similar team, very different discipline demands by the head coach.

MSUB 68 @ UAF 71

THIS GAME WAS 100% THE INSANE NUTSO MASTERPIECE WERE HOPING FOR!!!!!!! Absolutely crazy. The Nooks did a really good job at defending Brendan Howard, so that was quality. The shooting was hot, the defense was committed, and it seriously went down to the final seconds; everything you love to see in a basketball game, and MSUB is officially out of the race for the conference tournament.

Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 11 points among a full house of stats; Tyler Green had 15 points while going 5-7 from three; and Brendan Howard went 7-7 from the line and grabbed six boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had six points and six boards; Psalm Maduakor had eight points and six boards; and Jordan Lehrer had six points.

Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz played forty full minutes and had 22 points, six assists, and six steals; Spencer Sweet had 17 points and eight boards; Quinn Daugharty had six boards; and Mawich Kachjaani had five boards. Off the bench Jalon McCullough had nine points; Markel Banks had four points and three boards; and Alex Sommerfield had nine points.

Nutso game. Implicative game. Big congrats to the Nooks on getting it done, and better luck next year to the Jackets. We still kind of have a [somewhat] irrational grudge against Jordan Lehrer for dunking on Braden Olsen at the end getting blown out. Like really, who’s insecure enough to do that?? Jordan Lehrer is.

CU-PDX 76 @ NNU 77

For a long while this game was going exactly as we expected it to, but then CU-PDX caught fire (and/or NNU stopped caring) and the Cavaliers made it one heck of a game. Still pretty awful numbers from most of the CU-PDX guys, but hey! They were within one point at NNU, that’s something.

Cavs highlights: Dom Bradley had 10 boards; El-roi Butler had 15 points and five fouls. Off the bench Dylan Sullivan had five points; Hunter Sweet had 13 boards; and Dakota Ayala had 15 points and eight boards.

Nighthawk highlights: BETO DIAZ finally functioned again and had 27 points and nine boards; George Reidy had nine points and five fouls; and Spider Adetunji had 11 boards. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had four boards; Zac Furgerson had five points; and Zeke Alley had 14 points

Nighthawks gotta stay tenacious and they didn’t. Good learning experience for NNU, especially considering they face the Wolves on Saturday and the Falcons on Thursday.

WOU 71 @ CWU 61

The Wildcats were in it for wayyy longer than we expected, and this is a team that usually hits above their weight class as it comes to WOU. Still, great to see WOU get the victory in a tough environment. Nampa will likely be nuts on Saturday, so great warm-up.

Wolf highlights: Dalven Brushier had 18 points and six boards; Darius Lubom had 14 points; and John Morrill-Keeler had 12 beautifully fed points along with seven boards. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 10 points; and Zach Baugher had four boards.

Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 21 points; Xavier Smith had 11 points; and Marqus Gilson had 10 boards. Off the bench Gamaun Boykin had seven points; and Matt Poquette had four boards.

It seems like had the Wildcats not panicked down the stretch once they were down by six with around four minutes left, they could have come back and gotten the ‘W.’ There was a lot of unnecessary chucking that happened, and WOU was great at forcing turnovers under pressure. Congrats to both teams on a hard game well fought.

Great night of games. We had a blast out at Central. We’re actually going to put up a standings post here in a little while (or a couple of hours) and then game previews will be up in the AM.

Congrats to all on playing hard in the march to March.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Tonight’s Games!

Gooood afternoon.

For those wondering: Yes, we saw the Alaskas game on Tuesday; it was exciting, we’ll discuss it tomorrow morning =)

We have some interesting games ahead of us tonight, and so… Let’s talk about them.

All times pacific.

CU-PDX @ NNU @ 6:30pm

Let’s be real here: We have no expectation of this being a game. NNU is hard to play at, they’re on a super hot streak, they just got done with a thorough murdering of UAF after a heartbreaking loss in OT at UAA, and… While we don’t expect the gap to be quite as big as it was in Fairbanks on Saturday, it’ll still be large. That said… NNU is a prime potential landing spot for Dakota if he wants to stay in the GNAC, so interesting-ish match-up?

Prediction: Nighthawks win.

SPU @ SFU @ 7pm

You know… We’re 50/50 on this game. SFU either keeps it really competitive and things get nuts, or we once again see Simon Fraser players we had no idea existed because the Clan is down by so much. Either way. Honestly? Yes, we hope it happens because we’ve wanted to take another long look at Matt Kiatipis; he impressed us heavily in the first game and so getting to see him play more minutes would be great.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SMU @ WWU @ 7pm

You’d think this would be destined to be a blow-out and yet it’s absolutely not; last time the two teams met, SMU kept it close the entire way and WWU only won by seven. Now we’re locked into the throes of the Battle for Seattle and SMU is officially out, while WWU is locked in it big time. This is honestly a critical win for the Vikings to get because they end with hosting SFU on Tuesday and then being in Billings on Thursday and so… They’ll have a game where it’s completely out of their hands. If they could go 4-0 it would be ideal and going 4-0 starts with tonight. That said: SMU will want to play the spoiler, and we’ll see if they get to.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WOU @ CWU @ 7:30pm

We’re actually really curious about this game. CWU edged out “rival” UAF, and lost an agonizing one to UAA, so they’ll want to right the ship. WOU is a good team, no one is disputing that, but… CWU can get rocking. Really rocking. And we looked up when the Washington Music Educators Conference happened and it was last week, while Lionel Hampton isn’t until next week, and so the band should be there. We’re hoping it’s loud and we’re hoping the Wildcats have a shot. Obviously we like and believe in a lot of the WOU players, but WHAT THE HECK IS WITH THIS WILDCAT TEAM?!?!?!?! We have no idea and it both aggravates us and makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

MSUB @ UAF @ 8:30pm

This should be somewhat of a barn burner? Maybe? It could be? UAF is coming off of a thrashing by NNU and a solid beating by UAA, MSUB is coming off of a thrashing of SMU and thrashing by SPU, and so it could be competitive? Honestly with this conference you never know. MSUB killed SMU, while getting killed by SPU, meanwhile SMU kept SPU close, so… Who knows? UAF could win big, they could win close, MSUB could win big, they could win close. No way to tell. It’s in Fairbanks will can almost always get UAF the nod, but… SMU beat them up there after UAF had just beat SPU, so who knows??

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Because of some SPU logistics, we’re actually out at CWU tonight; we’ll be with the Falcons on Saturday instead, and so… We’ll see y’all in E-burg.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #16!

Gooood morning.

First, some GNAC logistics we’ve heard people talking about:

We assume that CU-PDX leaving the conference will just see the conference round-robin go back to what it was before they entered, that being SMU being travel partners with WOU and SPU being travel partners with MSUB. Why are SPU and MSUB paired? Because in order to get to Billings from most GNAC locales, you have to fly through SeaTac, and so it actually works relatively well.

Second: Seattle Pacific has officially won the regular season championship. We thought they clinched it with the win on Thursday night but the conference website said it was only a partial, and yet… Every team directly behind them won, and yet now they’ve clinched it for real? Go figure. Congrats Falcons -keep battling; with the way the Pac-West and CCAA are going, it’s looking like the only guaranteed entry is the autobid.

Now, let’s jump into yesterday’s games:

SFU 64 @ WOU 76

We kind of thought this would be a blow-out, and yet Simon Fraser kept it relatively competitive. Relatively. The Clan was never going to win, but at the same time it never truly got out of hand, so… Moral victory? The consensus seems to be that WOU is the most dangerous team while UAF’s Shadeed Shabazz is the most dangerous player.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 15 points; Jas Singh had 18 points; and Julian Roche had 10 points and six boards. Off the bench Corey Nzigamasabo had four boards; and Mike Hannan had nine points and five boards.

Wolf highlights: Cameron Cranston had 13 points among a full house of stats; Dalven Brushier had 11 points; Darius Lubom had 15 points; and John Morrill-Keeler had five boards. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 14 points and six boards; and Riley Hamilton went 6-6 and had 14 points and five boards.

Not the prettiest game, but big congrats to the Wolves on getting it done. If the Clan was going to try and make the Falcons overlook them, they may or may not have done a good job with Wil Balata and Mike Provenzano playing atrociously.

WWU 91 @ CU-PDX 65

It was never really a game and Rhodes continues to rotate his guys heavily in regard to starting. Dakota has now proven two games in a row that he doesn’t care at which point he plays, he’s going to hurt you, while Hunter Sweet has given other schools a good display of not being adaptable, seeing as he’s now had two really bad games in a row. Good to know.

Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 20 points; Siaan Rojas had 11 points and six boards; Logan Schilder had seven boards; Jalen Green had five boards; and Trevor Jasinsky had 13 points. Off the bench Leif Anderson had 11 points; RJ Secrest had six points, five boards, and four assists; Luke Lovelady was back and had five points; and Cameron Retherford had nine points.

Cavalier highlights: Dom Bradley had nine points. Off the bench Bryce Cheney had nine points and six boards; and Dakota Ayala had 27 points and six boards.

Congrats Vikings on getting the ‘W.’ Cavaliers, you should be aware that we did grad school at the NAIA level, and so we’re also very familiar with the Cal-Pac, Cascade, and Frontier conference, so you can also reach out if you have questions about those schools. We’ve been to probably 15 of them in person? They span Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Idaho, and Montana.

SMU 59 @ MSUB 79

It was a game for a while before MSUB blew it open in the second half. It’s games like this that prove that the transitive property is kind of BS as it comes to basketball. We’re not sure how the mental state factored in; MSUB is in “Win now” mode because they need to sweep these last five games in order to make the conference tournament. One down, four to go. Let’s go Jackets!

Saints highlights: CJ Jennings had 21 points; Marky Adams had 12 boards, nine points, and five fouls; and Alex Schumacher had 16 points, seven boards, and four assists.

Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had nine points and six boards; Stevie James had nine points; and Brendan Howard had 21 points and nine boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had seven boards; Psalm Maduakor had 10 points, five boards, and five assists; and Jordan Lehrer had six boards.

Great to see Psalm and Stevie heating up as the season itself gets hotter. They had some good games early and then faded a bit in the middle, but… Now is the time! The march to March, time to step it up. Congrats to Alex Schumacher on having a good bounce-back game and congrats to the Jackets for living to see another day in the battle to Seattle.

CWU 68 @ UAA 70

iAy caramba! Another spicy game for the Seawolves. Interestingly enough they led pretty comfortably for the entire first half and then well into the second half, before CWU started clicking into gear with about 13 minutes left and then things were hot from there on out.

Wildcat highlights: Kevin Baker had 12 points; and Marqus Gilson had five fouls. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 13 points; Gamaun Boykin had 17 points and seven boards; and Micah Pollard had 10 points, five assists, and four steals.

Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had six boards; Tyrus Hosley had 18 points; Tobin Karlberg had eight boards; and Oggie Pantovic had a whopping 24 points and 15 boards. Off the bench DeAndre Osuigwe had six boards; and Tyler Brimhall had seven points.

How was CWU in this at all?? Their numbers are still SO bad and they have zero consistency. We’ve been hearing rumblings from the ‘fire Rinta’ camp, and what is it about playing at UAA that makes us want to throw in the towel on head coaches? We’re not quite there yet, but… These numbers compared with the numbers that guys have put up in the past screams coaching interference and/or poor recruiting of personalities, so… It’s only his second year, but the seat may be warming. Congrats UAA on digging deep and pulling out the win.

NNU 94 @ UAF 52

We were expecting an insane game and we got this, which is insane in its own way. Oh my my, Nighthawks you is bad. Much like Billings (okay, but a lot better than Billings) NNU is clicking into gear beautifully in the march to March. We love it. We knew they had great guys, and so to see them finally playing like it and dominating is fantastic.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had 10 points and eight boards; Beto Diaz had 13 points and seven rebounds; Jayden Bezzant had 25 points, five boards, and five assists; and Spider Adentunji had nine points and 11 boards. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had 11 points; Zeke Alley had 18 points and six steals; and Gabe Murphy had seven boards.

Nanook highlights: Spencer Sweet had 16 points. Off the bench Marcus lee had eight points; and Alex Sommerfield had nine points and seven boards.

Yes, Shadeed Shabazz went 0-12, but the Nanooks lost by 42, so… Him not scoring the 29 points he attempted didn’t really affect it. Could he have been distributing? Yeah, but these numbers appear that the Nooks are good at getting into the hot hand when the hot hand is hot; they’re not good at doing the stone soup of points and field stats. NNU had a whopping 50 rebounds to UAFs’ 25, which is probably even more insane than the lopsided score. The Nanooks have a HUUUUGE game against UAA on Tuesday and so we’ll see how that goes. Anything in can happen in a rivalry game, so watch out.

Not the day of games we expected, but so goes the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Player-of-the-week for this week and last will be up in the AM.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!