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