Yay for experience! Big congrats to the Vikings on forcing the Wildcats to play at your tempo. It didn’t work, but you still managed to do it and imposing will on game flow? We’re all about that, especially because Chico is usually so defensively sound. They were a flat-out mess in regard to that this game and yet… they still killed the Vikings. They allowed the Vikings to play the tempo they wanted, and it backfired and the Viks got their lutefisk handed to them by the 6th seed.
Again: the good news is it was likely a great learning experience because as far as we see it… The Viks return almost everybody. We’re never concerned about scoring; they bring back Daulton, Logan, Deandre, and Trey, and that makes the loss disappointing but life very happy.
Plus, Chico made the Elite 8, and in our opinion seeding in D2 doesn’t matter beyond who hosts, so it’s neither here nor there with where WWU should have/could have been seeded. Fact is, there’s only eight schools, you have to play everybody.
All that said:
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 24 points; Logan Schilder showed a great glimpse of what we’ll hopefully see next year, picking up a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and just one foul; Daulton Hommes had five boards and five fouls in just 23 minutes (growing pains -it’ll get better Daulton); and Jeffrey Parker had 16 points and seven boards. Off the bench Deandre Dickson continued to do the sixth man-of-the-year thing with 16 points and four boards on great shooting.
The good news about the above is again that we get to keep Daulton, Logan, AND Deandre, so… more about them soon!
Three great games. Because he played three and the other nominees played two, we ultimately took the average because the fact is, dead is dead and that’s what your legs inevitably are after playing three games in three days, including one that went to triple overtime in which you flat-out will your team to a win.
In the first round against the Yellowjackets Tanner went 7/7 from the line, grabbed 11 boards, and managed four steals. Against the Seawolves and their homecourt advantage (no joke; UAA fans, y’all show up and y’all are LOUD) he shot 50%, made most of his free throws, and managed to stay with only four fouls in three periods of OT. Wow. Nicely done Tanner! And finally: Against the great defense of the Vikings, Tanner met his match -his shooting was far less than ideal, but he did still find plenty of other ways to be productive and kept them in until the final second.
The best part about Tanner is… We get to keep him for another year, which we’re really excited for. He had a great junior season and is definitely the pre-season favorite for player-of-the-year, but… We’ll see. Target on his back, that is for sure.
Congrats Tanner on a great conference tournament performance and we hope your summer workouts have gone fantastically!
To be in consideration, a guy had to play at least two games in the tournament; that said, if they hit our minimum for qualifying for POW, they’re included regardless of school.
WWU: Taylor Stafford -two forty minute games and went 15/16 from the line in one of them. Wow.
WWU: Daulton Hommes -high minutes and very smart and efficient play -the numbers scream “unselfish” and yet he still had a great impact with scoring. Very proud of him.
SMU: Cole Preston -finished up his career with a couple of good games.
WOU: Tanner Omlid -Three really good games, including two where he was out of his mind. In the 3OT thriller he played 46 minutes, which… We’re actually a little surprised he was allowed to rest that much.
Tournament MVP will be up in an hour.
Mo continues to impress -he played 40 minutes in the mighty lair of the Nooks and grabbed a whopping 18 rebounds! WHOAAA. He also wasn’t bad from the field, finishing with 23 points on 50% shooting. In the den of the Seawolves he was a little cold from the field but still went 6-6 from the line, grabbed nine boards, and had ZERO turnovers in 30 minutes of play. The Alaska schools are notoriously the hardest in the conference to play at and so this performance is particularly impressive in that respect.
Now it’s the end of August and we still are worried about him transferring. We haven’t heard anything yet, but… We want him back so badly! Stay Mo, stay!
That said: Congrats on the POW win and we’re crossing our fingers we get to watch you pick-up more of them in the coming season!
This time for February 23-25.
UAF: Brandon Davis
SFU: Othniel Spence
WWU: Deandre Dickson
SPU: Tony Miller
SMU: Rhett Baerlocher
CWU: N/A —> Diante Mitchell, Alaska-Anchorage.
NNU: Maurice Jones
CU-PDX: Jarrett Gray
There were a lot of above average performances this week and only one spot donated, so really good final week of the regular season. Winner’ll be up in an hour.
There’s honestly nothing we can really say about this guy because the numbers say all of it: he played 78/80 minutes available in these two games and went a combined 16-16 from the charity stripe. He went 2-6 from the field against SMU and then stopped shooting, however it clearly didn’t get in his head, because he proceeded to go 9/12 against MSUB.
We were lucky to have a front row seat for that performance and… he scored at will. We would be sitting there studying the defense and MSUB would be playing REALLY REALLY good D and we’d be going “what the heck, there’s no outlet, there’s no option,” and then Gavin would score. It was nuts. One of our favorite performances we’ve seen because while he scored 25 points with great efficiency… it wasn’t flashy.
Congrats Gavin and good luck in your sophomore season!!
Beginning our traditional “oh crap, it’s almost September and we need to finish all of last season’s stuff,” burning of posts.
For the games on February 16th and 18th, respectively.
UAF: N/A —> Dom Hunter, CWU.
UAA: Suki, because Suki gonna Suki.
SFU: Michael Provenzano
WWU: Daulton Hommes
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Cole Preston
MSUB: N/A —> Joe Rasmussen, Seattle Pacific.
CWU: Fuquan Niles -Fuquan gonna Fuquan. And by Fuquan we mean dominate.
NNU: Maurice Jones -Mo gonna Mo. And we want MO! Always.
CU-P: Drew Martin
WOU: Tanner Omlid. Because duh.
Nothing in depth because it’s been six months, but we had a blast refreshing our memory of these numbers -some really great performances and as much as we’ve procrastinated, it still comes back and we’re like “OH MAN, that was SO great!!”
Winner’ll be up in an hour because while it seems stupid six months later… Routines are routines.
#4 Western Oregon vs. #1 Western Washington…
Looks like it’ll tip right around 7:35. We’ll also be paying close attention to the CCAA championship game, which features SFSU and UCSD. We have a situation on our hands that means all of a sudden WWU is back in the discussion of hosting the Regional, which means… Rock meet hard place.
If WWU wins and UCSD loses, there’s no reason not to send the Regional to Whatcom. If WWU wins and UCSD wins, then there’s an interesting discussion to be had. Looking at UCSD’s schedule, they’ve lost three conference games: San Marcos, Chico State, and Sonoma. Chico State is in the tourney, as far as we’re concerned. So is SFSU, regardless as to whether or not they beat UCSD tonight. That implies that UCSD has greater strength of schedule than the Vikings, and that would be true.
The GNAC has been a mess this year, with the sloppy games never seemingly ending. And it was all just stupid sloppy and a lack of commitment to fundamentals by all involved -ick. If Western Washington wins this game, the GNAC should be a one bid league. WWU has conference losses to MSUB, UAF, and UAA. They have wins against everyone else. And yet UCSD has wins against Regional bound teams. While WWU absolutely killed the Tritons in non-con, that was a long time ago.
It’s all moot if WWU loses the championship game -in that case, have fun in San Diego y’all. The good news with that is it means two GNAC teams will be going. Yeah, WWU can make their own schedule look weaker by winning. Go figure.
So, to summarize:
WWU wins, UCSD loses, WWU should host.
WWU wins, UCSD wins, it’ll be a discussion that arguably should favor UCSD.
WWU loses, UCSD wins, we’ll feel comfortable sending the regional to San Diego.
WWU loses, UCSD loses, we’re going to veer on the side that UCSD should host because UCSD beat another Regional-bound team to win, whereas WWU didn’t.
Now let’s preview the WWU vs. WOU game:
Western Washington is the conference regular season champion. They’re a great rebounding team -everyone on that team rebounds. They out-rebounded their opponent 39-26 last night. Um, yeah. That being said: their defense lacks at times; that team that they massively out-rebounded was in it until the very end. They have a lot of very good players, and Taylor Stafford tends to get the glory as their best player, and while he is, there are a lot of other people on this team that do a lot of good things that make what Taylor does possible.
Western Oregon played a 3OT game last night against a UAA team that was missing their key senior post presence in Corey Hammell. Western Oregon’s best player is a guy by the name of Tanner Omlid -notable for getting at least one triple double, keeping his turnovers low, and motivating his teammates whether he’s on the court or on the bench. Tanner Omlid is the best player in the game, period. We’re excited we get to keep him for another year.
That being said: having the best player doesn’t mean you win.
WOU had an impressive number of players last night that were able to be counted on to go in, give the starters a breather, and not get behind, with their best bench player being Demetrius Trammell. He is distinctively their 6th man, so we don’t really consider him a part of their bench. If WOU has to use the bench to tread water, that’s going to be difficult against this Vikings team because the Vikings are approximately nine guys deep, even with a starter out due to injury.
WOU has the most talented player. WWU is deeper. If the Vikings allow Tanner Omlid (and to a degree Demetrius Trammell) to put the rest of the team on their back, the Wolves have a very good shot at winning. If they can eliminate most of the production of those guys, they should be fine.
We honestly don’t have a prediction because the conference has been such a mess, we know both of these teams so well, we know what both are capable of at their best, we know what both are like when they’re playing uninspiredly, and there’s just no telling which two teams out of those four options are going to actually show up tonight.
Good luck to all -we believe in y’all, play hard, be strong, be safe, go GNAC!
Interesting. Someone from the conference told us that Concordia couldn’t make the conference tournament and CU-Irvine isn’t allowed in the Pac-West tournament, so no idea what that’s about, but whatever. We get to watch more games with Christopher and Drew, so that’s happy.
Also happy is that every single home team won on senior night and thus… Let’s jump into Saturday’s awesome slate of games:
CWU 72 @ UAA 84
Back and forth for a lot of the game until UAA finally walked it up and put it away. Proud of the Wildcats for hanging around as long as they did and doing their darndest. Experience gained.
Wildcat highlights: Marc Rodgers had 10 points; Dom Hunter had 24 and went 7-8 from the line; Terry Dawn had five boards; Jawan Stepney had 14 points; and Fuquan had just five points, but did grab 10 boards and four fouls. Off the bench Jerome Bryant had five points; and Chris-Michael Garret had five boards.
Seawolf highlights: Suki had a normal Suki game again, finally, scoring 26 points and grabbing nine boards; Diante Mitchell had 18 points and five boards meanwhile being 7-7 from the line; Spencer Svejcar had 21 points and five boards among a full house of stats; Corey Hammell had 14 boards; and off the bench Ashton Pomrehn had five points and seven boards.
Congrats to both teams on a good game well played -we’ll see the Seawolves in the conference tournament and thanks to the Wildcats for a fantastic season!
MSUB 56 @ WOU 72
Another back and forth game until WOU managed to put it away, at least as we recall. We feel like WOU managed to truly put it out of reach in the last 10 or so minutes, but the MSUB fought really hard.
Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had 15 points and six boards among a full house; Marc Matthews had six boards; Kamal Tall had 12 points and eight boards; Sven Jeuschede had five boards; and off the bench Kendall Denham had nine points and 10 boards, just missing the double-double.
Wolf highlights: Evan Garrison had 10 points; Tanner Omlid had 17 points, eight boards, and five assists along with a full house; Ali had 11 points and six boards; JJ Chirnside had six boards; and off the bench Akil had five points; whilst Demetrius Trammell had 11 points.
Congrats to the Wolves on a senior night won, and congrats to the Yellowjackets on making the conference tournament!
SMU 66 @ WWU 90
Straight up domination, the entire time, no question. This is quite the statement to make to the committee for the Vikings, and we’re really excited about it. They dismantled the Saints. That being said, the conference tournament is still this week and anything can happen. The Vikings are 100% in the NCAA tournament, that’s not a question, but seeding is still up in the air. We think at this point it would be hard for them to earn less than a four seed, but what do we know?
Saint highlights: Cole Preston had 16 points; Tyler Copp had 11 points; Fred Jorg played well with 16 points, five rebounds, and four blocks. Off the bench Rhett Baerlocher had 11 boards; and Brandon Kenilvort had five points and five boards.
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 25 points; and Jeffrey Parker had 21 points and five boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma had 10 points; and Deandre Dickson continues to beast with 15 points and 10 boards for the double-double.
Definitely not what we were expecting out of the stat lines for the Vikings with a score like that. SMU did a good job at shutting down Daulton Hommes and Logan Schilder in particular, so that’ll be interesting film to watch for the Vikings opponents. The stats tell a picture of a close game; the score tells a picture of a game that was nowhere near that at any point in time. Interesting stuff. Good luck to both teams in the conference tournament.
SPU 82 @ SFU 93
AHAHAHA. SPU actually tried to win (rather than just playing their seniors), the numbers are all normal, and yet they still lost because we get the feeling no one took it seriously. Good job Clan, ya done us proud!
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had six boards and 18 points; Tony Miller had 18 points and 11 boards; Joe Rasmussen picked up five fouls; Olivier-Paul Betu had eight boards; Gavin Long had 24 points and five fouls; and off the bench Hunter Eisenhower had nine points.
Clan highlights: Hidde Vos had nine boards and six assists; Michael Provenzano had 15 points; and JJ Pankratz bounced back after a very meh season, to have his way with the Falcons dropping 24 points on great shooting. Off the bench Othniel Spence had a fantastic game with 24 points, five boards, and a full house; Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 14 points and four boards; and Tyrell Lewin grabbed four boards.
Congrats the Clan on a very strong finish to the season, and to the Falcons: TGIO. Thank God It’s Over.
NNU 70 @ UAF 73
And UAF gets the win at home on senior night. Terrifying game. Very fun. Congrats to the Crusaders on a great season, being in the hunt for the conference tournament through the very last game.
Crusader highlights: Pol Olivier had 12 points; Jayden Bezzant grabbed five boards; Bouna had 20 points; Kaileb Rodriguez (can we make K-Rod a thing?) picked up five fouls; Maurice Jones was insane (please come back Mo!!!!!!!) and had 23 points and 18 boards while playing 40 minutes; and Marko Lepovic had five boards off the bench.
Nook highlights: Nahjee had six assists while playing 40 full minutes; Bangaly had five boards; LaDonavan Wilder had 14 points and six boards; Zach Pederson had 18 points and eight boards; and Brandon Davis had 22 points, six boards, and five steals while also playing 40 full minutes.
Congrats to both teams on ending with a strong final game of the year!
While there wasn’t a ton of stuff mid-season this year, that means there should be quite a bit post-season. In a year of chaos where no given night meant anything about the next and implications were just as easily false flags, we feel like we know every team really well. There are so many guys on each team that we’re actually excited to talk about, so… That’ll be cool in the coming days.
Player-of-the-week stuff for this week and last is on the horizon, previewing the conference tournament is on the horizon, previewing the conference tournaments for the other two D2 West conferences is on the horizon. POW stuff is probably going to take a backseat. We will put up the final standings chart because we think it’ll go down as one of the most parity filled years of GNAC basketball ever. Lots of blogging still to be done. We’re excited. We’re excited to sit down and really take a long look at the bracketology, both before and after the conference tournaments. Post-season awards, all that good stuff.
The good news with SPU not making the tournament is that these three days of silence is the entirety of our mourning period. For those of you that haven’t been with us in prior years -SPU loses in the NCAA tournament and then the blog goes silent for months. This year we’re not really that depressed because the season itself was so depressing; the end simply brought relief. Now we’re just excited to watch a bunch of other guys that we love throw themselves into what should be a really chaotic and fun March.
Last conference game day of the regular season! And spots in the tournament still aren’t decided. Very exciting stuff.
All times pacific.
CWU @ UAA @ 4pm
CWU needs the win, UAA would like the win. Honestly, we really want to see Connor Devine and Corey Hammell bounce back. Their numbers have been meh as of late, plus it’ll be really cool to watch them take on Fuquan. Not super worried about Spencer -should be good. Suki is always with a watch. Diante is 50/50. With CWU hopefully Naim Ladd is back in the starting line-up, Dom Hunter will be fun to watch play against his old school in his old gym (were they playing in that gym when he was there? It was brand new if he was), Fuquan, of course, hopefully Sage Woodruff sees some good minutes. Jawan should do work. Understated player.
Prediction: Pick ’em. #1 game of the night.
SMU @ WWU @ 7pm
Should be a really good game. We’re excited. Fred vs. Logan. We tend to trust Logan more than Fred, although they’re at opposite ends of the spectrum. Logan doesn’t look like a college basketball player, Fred looks like a former college basketball player on the opposite end of the spectrum. Regardless it’ll be fun to watch some of the match-ups. Brandon Kenilvort, Rhett Baerlocher, Daulton Hommes, and Jeffrey Parker most notably. Trey Ingram vs. Brett Kingma could be good, but it most likely won’t happen because Brett has been pretty silent this year, sadly. Cole Preston and Taylor Stafford play different positions, so while you’re “they’re both great guard!” Cole is all 1 and Taylor is all 2.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SPU @ SFU @ 7pm
We’re 50/50 on what we want the Falcons to do. On the one hand, they’re not in control of their own destiny and so we say “forget it, just play the seniors as many minutes as they want to play and let them go out proud” and then on the other hand, you want to genuinely try to get this win, just in case. The seniors could get this win -the seniors on the Falcons would likely be the best players on the SFU team, but… It’s a toss-up. SFU has had really good moments. We don’t know that all of the young guys the Falcons have really need to learn from this game. It would be cool to watch everyone go in and clamp down on defense and make a point, but… It’s the last game of the season. Does it really matter? No. But it would be nice for the Clan to pick up one more in-conference win, and we know they’re wholly capable.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
MSUB @ WOU @ 7pm
WOU’s officially in the conference tournament, MSUB it’s chaos. MSUB is a good team, we’re really happy to see Kendall Denham back in the starting line-up and playing really well. Marc Matthews is great, Preston Beverly how much more can we possible say? We adore that kid SO much. That being said: WOU has Tanner Omlid, Ali, and JJ who’s been coming on strong. Oddly enough we feel like MSUB has more talent that’s proven their worth overall, but Tanner Omlid is far and away the best player in the game, which means that WOU has a very good shot at winning it. “But WOU has a way better record.” Yeah, this is basketball. One player can affect everything, for good and for bad. MSUB has several very good players, WOU has one crazy amazing player, a few very good players, and a smattering of good players. MSUB probably has a higher “average” level of talent, but WOU is able to use their talent more in the trenches because of that crazy amazing player.
Prediction: Pick ’em. Game of the night #2.
NNU @ UAF @ 8pm
Should be another really good game. Bangaly’s final game. We’ve loved having him the past two years and are so ridiculously proud of him. You’re amazing Bangaly!! That being said, we also suspect it’s NNU’s Maurice Jones final regular season game in the GNAC. We’d love for him to stick around, but there’s not a big history of that at NNU, so until we see him play a game in a Crusader uniform next year, we won’t trust it. The game should be ridiculously competitive because NNU is a good team and UAF is an okay team, but they’re playing at home and the Patty Center is hella good. Be interesting to see what happens.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Can’t wait to watch all of the games, we’re proud of all of y’all, it’s been an amazing, crazy, insane, chaotic, unforgettable regular season, and so let’s finish it out strong and healthy!