There were a few guys with some really great games, but some good distance around the top. However… The extra spots available were incredibly close, so if you say “oh that guy wasn’t much better than xyz” it was seriously within decimal points for the donated spots, so… There’s that.
UAF: Travante Williams -one incredibly phenomenal game and then a great game admittedly helped a bit by the OT.
UAA: Suki -’cause Suki gonna Suki; we complain about him shooting, but he is seriously good at getting assists and boards and whatnot.
SFU: N/A —> Donated to Joe Stroud of CWU, who had two pretty good games against NNU & MSUB respectively.
WWU: Jeffrey Parker -great game against Alaska-Fairbanks and decent enough game at Anchorage.
SPU: Bryce Leavitt -’cause Bryce gonna Bryce. Overcame six turnovers at CU-PDX to come in second by a lot on both sides.
SMU: N/A —> Donated to Gilles Dierickx of SPU; overcame being a blackhole at WOU to have a good game against the Cavs.
MSUB: N/A —> Donated to Mike Wright of NNU; great game vs. Billings after being relatively quiet against CWU.
NNU: Bouna gonna bouna; two good games, with one veering on great.
CWU: Gary Jacobs -had a pair of good veering on great games against MSUB and NNU, respectively.
CU-PDX: Drew Martin -he can thank SPU blowing them out for this one; came dangerously close to not making the cut due to poor play against SMU, but SPU got apathetic on D and Drew shined through.
WOU: Andy gonna Andy. He had his way yet again with SPU; good times.
Winner’ll be up in an hour.
Wow, what a night! Defense was a little on the low side and overtime was on the agenda. Four games finished within one possession OR went into overtime. One of the overtime games even finished by one possession; really great and yet ugly night of basketball.
MSU-Billings 96 @ Northwest Nazarene 98
For a while there NNU was moving up and it looked like Billings wasn’t coming back. Then the Yellowjackets did. It became a very close game. We’re completely fed up with the SID at that school, because who’s gonna trek out to Nampa (hint: it’s four mountain passes) and yet getting information out of there is like trying to get it from a blackhole -even while you’re actively watching the game. Go figure. Apparently they don’t want people to care about Crusader basketball. They’re wrong, but apparently that’s what they want.
Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverley had six boards and 17 points; Emmanuel Johnson had six boards and four assists. Off the bench KENDALL DENHAM (we’ve missed that name) had six assists and 25 points off the bench; and Jordan Perry had eight boards and 12 points.
Crusader highlights: Joel Devastey had 10 points; BOUNA had nine boards and 19 points; MIKE WRIGHT HAD 12 ASSISTS AND MERELY -2- TURNOVERS -how long have we been waiting for that?- and also had six boards and nine points. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj had 16 points; and DETWON ROGERS had eight boards and 27 points.
Simon Fraser 83 @ Alaska-Anchorage 96
Anchorage ran it up early and we were like “it’s over,” then SFU got back in it and we were like “whaaa?” and then Anchorage ran it back up. That seems to happen to teams that play Anchorage a lot. We’re not sure whether Anchorage needs to dig in more or the other teams need to stop letting go…
Clan highlights: Oshea Gairey had six boards and four assists; Hidde Vos had six assists. Off the bench Bowen Bakken had five boards; and Graham Smith had 14 points and eight boards.
Seawolf highlights: Suki Wiggs had eight boards and 23 points; Diante Mitchell had five boards; Spencer Svejcar had 13 points; Corey Hammell had nine boards, four assists, and nine points. Off the bench Christian Leckband had 21 points and five boards; Drew Peterson had six points; Brian McGill had three boards, six assists, two steals, and 17 points.
Overall not a bad game. The Seawolves got a little turnover happy at the end, but when you’re up by a lot it becomes less of a concern and so guys start trying to be fancy rather than playing fundamental basketball until the end. We’re 50/50 on whether or not we’re okay with it.
Saint Martin’s 59 @ Concordia-Portland 62
We’d say it was the only defensively adequate game of the night, but the reality is it was just an absolute ton of missed shots. Ugly, ugly game. Glad the Cavs pulled it out, mildly disappointed in SMU.
Saints highlights: Cole Preston had 16 points, six boards, fou rassists, and two steals; Fred Jorg had six boards. Woof.
Cavalier highlights: Drew Martin made 6/7 free throws; Latrell Wilson had 14 points; Jarrett Gray had 6 boards; Tyler Gutierrez bounced back with six boards and 20 points. Off the bench Taylor Harris had seven boards; and Riley Hawken had seven boards and 13 points.
We’re really interested to see what happens to these two teams tomorrow. We no longer trust anything. This game was ugly, but tomorrow has no promises.
Seattle Pacific 90 @ Western Oregon 96 in OT
We don’t even know what to say about this game. This was one we watched very intensely. The Falcons seemed perpetually down by 15 and then the end happened and it was like “whaaaat?” The score reflects what’d you’d expect out of these two teams and yet the game itself only kind of did? Weird, weird game.
Falcon highlights: Bryce Leavitt had 10 boards, seven assists, and 18 points; Gilles Dierickx had 25 poitns and six boards; Garrett Swanson had seven boards and five fouls. Off the bench Coleman Wooten had six boards and six points.
Wolf highlights: Devon Aledxander had seven boards and 13 points; Julian Nichols had six assists and 23 points; Andy Avgi completely had his way with the Falcons, finishing with 34 points. Off the bench Tanner Omlid had five boards and 15 points on near perfect shooting both from the floor and the line.
Western Washington 100 @ Alaska-Fairbanks 99 in OT
THE VIKINGS WON IN THE FAIRBANKS GYM!!!! In Viking Land that constitutes a miracle. Another fairly ugly game, but oh well. Interesting to see these teams go back and forth. We felt going in that they matched-up pretty well and sure enough they did.
Viking highlights: Ricardo Maxwell had 9 boards; Kyle Impero had 13 boards and two assists; Trey Drechsel had 7 boards; Jeff Parker had 11 boards and 29 points; Mac Johnson continues to be invisible but grabbed five boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma had five boards and 17 points.
Nanook highlights: Joe Slocum had eight assists and four boards; Travante Williams made 12-13 from the line, grabbed 12 boards, and had six steals; Brandon Davis scored 19 points; and Almir had 17 points, five boards, and ultimately finished a full house. No quality bench play except relieving the starters here and there.
Intense game. Ugly game. We’ll be interested to watch the flip when the Nooks come to the Vikings.
In other news; Azusa Pacific beat Dixie State by six and Chico beat Humboldt by 18. We’re still not sure how we feel about those last two teams because we’ve been questioning Humboldt’s schedule and now Chico makes them look like a cakewalk, so… Hmm. Food for thought.
Game previews’ll be up tomorrow at 11am.
Our printer is all screwed up and we were too lazy to go to the library, so if there are missing numbers: Sorry. You’re important. Promise. We tried our best.
WWU 75 @ MSUB 77
MSUB, like what??? Heck yeah. They played their own game. They trusted themselves and that’s exactly what it took. They were leading by five or so for most of the game, but occasionally the Vikings would creep back and start leading and then you could SEE the Jackets recommitting to playing their own game and ultimately… That was the ticket. Nicely done men!
Viking highlights: Kyle Impero had six boards and fourteen points; Jeffrey Parker had nine points and a FULL HOUSE. Off the bench Trey Drechsel had seven boards and 10 points; and Colby Mitchell had 14 points.
Yellowjacket highlights: Emmanuel Johnson had eight boards and fourteen points; Jace Anderson had a hella good night with 18 points on great shooting; Jordan Perry had nine boards and a full house. Off the bench… Brace yourselves: PRESTON BEVERLEY HAD SEVEN BOARDS, 26 POINTS, AND A FULL HOUSE. Way to go Preston!!
Overall an interesting game, if not concerning. The Vikings are frustrating; they’re doing less with more.
WOU 75 @ NNU 53
That score does not tell the whole story. NNU hung with the Wolves a long time. We’re talking until the second half hung with them. So that was good. It was good on both accounts; great to see the Wolves get that separation, great to see NNU hang around.
Wolf highlights: JULIAN NICHOLS had eight assists and 13 points; Tanner Omlid now in a starting role had 12 points; Jordan Wiley had 12 points; and Andy Avgi had seven boards and 11 points.
Crusader highlights: Bouna had a full house, including six boards; Joel Devastey had 10 points; and Kyle Bailey had six boards off the bench.
Devon Alexander returned to the conference play Devon Alexander that we saw last year. Good victory for the Wolves to simply have gotten it done and then a good glimpse into what the Crusaders could potentially be capable of as they keep grinding.
UAF 79 @ SPU 75
What the heck the Falcons are doing is beyond us. They led for HUGE stretches of this game and then gave it up. Oookay then. The good news is: The Nooks took advantage of it and come away from the weekend with a nice sweep.
Nanook highlights: Bangaly Kaba had 15 points; Joe Slcoum had five boards and four assists; Travante Williams had 17 points and six boards; Brandon Davis had nine points and five boards; ALMIR SHOWED UP and had 12 points and five boards. Off the bench Neil Chavez and Isaac Ladines both had six points each.
Falcon highlights: Bryce Leavitt had seven boards and four assists; Gilles Dierickx had 12 points and five boards; Mitch Penner had 11 boards; Garrett Swanson had nine points and six boards. Off the bench Sam Simpson had six points; Brendan Carroll had 18 points; and Gabe Colosimo had seven points.
Pathetic. Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic; but a very deserved victory for the Nooks -our highest congrats to them.
UAA 91 @ SMU 74
Frustrating. This game was frustrating. The lack of fundamentals that SMU displays is mind boggling. Stupid foul after stupid foul. They’d creep back in on offense and then promptly stop playing defense. Yikes. UAA is a really good team, that is definitive, but at the same time… WHAT WERE THE SAINTS DOING?!?
Seawolf highlights: Suki had 32 points and eight boards on great free throw shooting; Diante Mitchell had 12 points and six boards; Spencer Svejcar had 13 points and six boards; COREY HAMMELL had 17 points and 15 boards; and off the bench Brian McGill had 12 points.
Saint highlights: Cole Preston had 13 points and six assists; Jordan Kitchen had 11 points; Fred Jorg had 11 points and seven boards; and off the bench Rhett Baerlocher had eight points and nine boards.
Overall a very good game for the Seawolves and a pathetic game for the Saints.
CU-PDX 80 @ CWU 85
CU-Portland was in it the whole time, leading through some of it. It just speaks to how much parity is in our conference this year. They came close to beating a CWU team that convincingly beat Western Oregon, so… Things are getting even more interesting. Which way is up? Which way is down? Ask us in another four weeks.
Cavalier highlights: Drew Martin had nine boards; Latrell Wilson had 34 points; Jace Cates had seven points off the bench; and the best sixth man in the conference (Brian doesn’t count) had 12 boards and seven points.
Wildcat highlights: Terry Dawn had 11 points, five boards, and a full house; Gary Jacobs had 22 points and eight boards; Joe Stroud had 26 points and six boards; and off the bench Jerome Bryant had eight points and six boards.
Overall a super good and super intense game. Proud of the Cavs for staying in it and proud of the Wildcats for holding the Cavs off.
Bonus Game: UCSD did in fact beat Cal Poly Pomona by the skin of their teeth, so that was a good, close game.
Interesting weekend of GNAC play. We’re excited for the week. There should be some good discussions. POW noms and the announcement will be tomorrow, per usual. That should be interesting.
Simon Fraser 64 @ Western Washington 101
Vikings say what?? Things finally clicked. Really, really good to see. It’s hard to say in a sense because it was against SFU, SFU was missing Max Barkeley, and the Vikings finally got Evan Scholten back, so… mix of a few things, but very, very good to see. SFU was up early, then it was tied for a while, then WWU was up by 10 going into halftime, and then post halftime they broke it open and that was it. Still -gotta hand it to the Clan for playing tough all the way through and never giving up.
Clan highlights: JJ Pankratz had 17 points and five boards; Tyrell Lewin had 10 points and four boards. Off the bench Denver Sparks-Guest had 6 points; Andrew Williamson had seven points; Graham Smith had five boards and four points. Not too much there. The Clan was super hot early and making absolutely everything, then they cooled down, and that’s how you get the final score.
Viking highlights: Ricardo Maxwell had six boards and 10 assists; Kyle Impero shot 95% and had five boards, finishing with 23 points; Jeff Parker had five boards and 22 points; Mac Johnson had seven boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma was on fire from three, going 5-7 and ending up with 19 points; Harris Javier ended up with three boards and four assists; and Blake Bowen grabbed five boards and added some great toughness.
Overall a good game; met our expectations of not knowing what it was going to do. All the more excited to watch the Vikings come January, and all the more reason to discuss the transitive property during our “Discussions” post tomorrow.
It’s time… For player-of-the-week nominees! Remember, these are only from one game being played by these teams, but because a bunch of teams only played one we might as well do it anyway.
SFU: JJ Pankratz; good game against the Viks.
WWU: Kyle Impero; we were joking before this game that he needed to hurry up and do what he was going to do so we could officially stick him onto our POW noms sheet.
SPU: Gilles Dierickx; good free throws, decent boards against Azusa Pacific.
MSUB: N/A –> SPU’s Mitch Penner; great free throws, grabbed some boards, scored some points against Azusa.
NNU: Bouna N’Diaye; two great games against Dominican and CSULA.
WOU: Alex Roth; good numbers against UCSD and made a bunch of really critical plays on top of it.
Player-of-the-week will be up in an hour, and then this week’s Discussions post’ll be up tomorrow morning.
Wow. So much bad shooting. It’s not even that there was a ton of really, really good defense. Just lots of bad shooting.
Central Washington 71 @ Alaska-Fairbanks 82
Seawolf uses blizzard. It’s super effective. The Wildcat is frozen and cannot move. Come back Seawolf, you’ve done your job. Polarbear uses ice storm. It’s a critical hit. The wildcat is frozen and cannot shoot. All humor aside: Gary Jacobs went 2-20. Terry Dawn went 6 for 16. Devin Matthews went 1-7. Naim Ladd went 2-9. WHAT THE HECK?!? Guys will shoot as long as coaches allow it, so we’ll lay the blame squarely on Greg Sparling for this one. Yikes.
CWU highlights: Terry Dawn had 13 boards; Gary Jacobs had 7 boards; Drake Rademacher had nine boards; Devin Matthews had seven boards and five assists. Off the bench Joe Stroud had seven boards and seven points.
Nanook highlights: Alex Duncan had five boards; Bangaly Kaba bounced back and had seven boards, two assists, three streals, two blocks, ZERO turnovers, and two fouls, along with 17 points for a solid full house; Trevante Williams had seven boards, two assists, seven steals, four blocks, one foul, and nineteen points -another great outing, good to see him bounce back as well. Off the bench Neal Chavez had six boards; Zach Pedersen had 13 points; Brandon Davis had 10 points.
There were a whopping 109 rebounds grabbed in this game because the teams shot an average of 35% from the field. Yikes. We love rebounding, but not if it’s simply because no shots are following. Yeesh.
Northwest Nazarene 78 @ Alaska-Anchorage 90
This is why you play forty-full minutes. UAA was killing the Crusaders but with five minutes left the Crusaders turned it on, were within six or so, and then UAA decided to function again and the difference is as such. Still, huge effort and great advancement on the part of the Crusaders. We see it. We’re proud of you.
Crusader highlights: Joel Devastey had a full house with six boards, one assist, one steal, one block, ZERO turnovers, four fouls, and fifteen points; Bouna N’Diaye had 17 points and five fouls; Pol Olivier had 24 points and five boards. Off the bench Gonzo Santana and Nikola Prvulj grabbed four boards a piece, with Nikola also picking up four assists.
Seawolf highlights: Suki Wiggs had 10 boards, seven assists, two steals, and went 9-12 on free throws; Diante Mitchell went 9-12 from the field and walked away with four boards, four assists, and 24 points; Spencer Svejcar finished with 12 points; Tayler Thompson grabbed five baords; Corey Hammell had a great game with 17 boards, three assists, and 17 points -huge, way to go Corey. Off the bench Christian Leckbend added 10 points.
Really not a bad game for either team. One of the better shooting games of the night. No super bad numbers outside of NNU’s Nikola going 0-5. Really like what we’re seeing out of Christian Leckbend -remember Christian, it’s not who starts games, but who finishes them, congrats on being a heck of a 6th man.
Saint Martin’s 73 @ SFU 66
Let’s just say this: it was a total and complete mess. Right now we’re really loving SMU so we’re going to say it was a matter of playing down to their competition, but holy human waste, yikes. The biggest highlight was the free throw shooting; SMU shot 75% while SFU shot 95%. The rest of the shooting? Not so hot.
SMU highlights: Jordan Kitchen had nine boards; Fred Jorg had 11 boards and 13 points. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 11 points; Brandon Kenilvort had 15 points.
SFU highlights: Oshea Gairey had 12 points; Max Barkeley had 26 points; Michael Harper had 16 points and six boards; JJ Pankratz had eight boards and three assists. Pretty much it.
Disappointing game. We were thinking SMU was going to be excited to get a big win after a close loss to WWU, but that didn’t happen. While you may be tempted to say it’s because SFU had a good game… No. The shooting doesn’t signify a good game and the fact that both teams still reached in the realm of 70 says defense wasn’t the focal point. Still, a road win is a road win so keep doin’ work Saints.
MSU-Billings 69 @ Western Oregon 91
Not a close game. Not many highlights for MSUB. We were crossing our fingers for progress, but… turns out the light at the end of the tunnel that was demolishing CU-PDX in the first half, was simply the oncoming train that is WOU. Choo choo Wolves.
MSUB highlights: Jace Anderson had 15 points. Off the bench Preston Beverely had 13 boards and 19 points; Kendall Denham had 10 points. Yup. Welcome to playing WOU.
WOU highlights: Devon Alexander had 11 boards, two assists, three steals, and 19 points; Julian Nichols had seven boards, seven assists, three fouls, and nine points; Andy Avgi had 27 points, four boards, and one of everything else for the full house. Off the bench Kadeem Strickland had eight points; Tanner Omlid had six boards, three steals, two blocks, and 19 points.
MSUB used a really short line up; the wolves went deep. Everything happened as expected, if as not hoped for. Congrats Wolves.
Seattle Pacific 83 @ Western Washington 64
Some decent numbers. Nothing great, nothing really horrible. It’s hard to say this went as expected, but… Not too much color commentary can be done on this one because when these teams play each other you simply never know what’ll happen. We have no idea what to do with the Vikings. We’ve been trying to figure them out and we have one more game before we have to do our post non-conference reflecting to figure things out.
Falcon highlights: Bryce Leavitt had five boards, six assists, two steals, and 11 points; Gilles Dierickx had a double double with 10 boards and 14 points; Mitch Penner had five boards, five assists, and 17 points. Off the bench Brendan Carroll had 15 points on good shooting; Joe Rasmussen picked up four boards and 10 points in a mere eight minutes; Nathan Streufert had three blocks.
Viking highlights: Ricardo Maxwell had 18 points; Kyle Impero had five boards and 13 points; Colby Mitchell had eight boards; Jeff Parker had 13 points. Off the bench Brett Kingma had eight points. Pretty much it.
Both teams had very few turnovers, which is good. It’s hard to say what this game truly means. All of the major players from both teams use saw good minutes.
No games this week because of finals. Tomorrow the usual Player-of-the-Week stuff, then Tuesday will probably be a dead day, Wednesday discussions, Thursday maybe we’ll try to dig up some shenanigans, and Friday’ll be game previews for the next round of non-conference.
Happy 1st night of Hanukkah.
Up super late, yes, yes, it sucks, but… Birthday shenanigans. Somehow, sometimes a life outside of basketball exists. Most of the time it doesn’t, but occasionally it does.
Seattle Pacific 89 @ Simon Fraser 55
Can’t spell slaughter without laughter? Sure. Not much to be said about this game, so on with the highlights.
SPU highlights: Bryce Leavitt had a low-key game for himself grabbing eight boards, five assists, and 10 points in a quick 26 minutes; Will Parker had five assists; Gilles Dierickx had six boards and seven points; Mitch Penner had six boards, three assists, and 13 points; Garrett Swanson had four boards, two assists, two steals, and fifteen points. Off the bench Sam Simpson had five points; Brendan Carroll had eight points; Joe Rasmussen had a huge night (for him) with five boards and 18 points. Good to see the Falcons use the entirety of their bench.
SFU highlights: Oshea Gairey had four steals; Max Barkeley shot 80% on 10 free throws; Michael Harper had eight points. Really no highlights aside from the free throws because although there were points scored, all of the shooting was so bad (30% from the field, 18% from beyond the arc) that it was negated. Good job SPU defense.
Overall what really is there to be said? Congrats SPU.
MSUB 76 @ Concordia 59
Don’t let the score fool you -this game was close for a long time before MSUB pulled away in the second half. Lots of really good numbers, good win for MSUB to get, although something tells us their coaching staff would disagree. Still, really good defensive effort for the Yellowjackets. Good rebounding by both teams, but MSUB definitely got the best of it finishing with a huge 52 boards.
MSUB highlights: Emmanuel Johnson had a full house with nine boards, one assist, two steals, a block, two fouls, and six points; Jace Anderson had 13 points; Jordan Perry had nine boards and four steals. Off the bench: Kendall Denham had 13 points; and Cade Alcorn had a whopping 13 boards and 12 points.
CU-PDX highlights: Drew Martin had eight boards; Riley Hawken had a full house with six boards, two assists, a steal, a block, three fouls, and 14 points; Tyler Gutierrez had five boards, three assists, and nine points. Off the bench John Erickson had eight points; and Taylor Harris had four boards.
Not the best game for anyone involved but we’re super proud of MSUB for getting it done and look forward to seeing them make some progress against WOU tomorrow.
Saint Martin’s 68, Western Washington 71
This was a really, really, really good game. Maybe the biggest highlight was finally watching Fred Jorg play in person and he is 100% the real deal. That’ll be part of our discussions post on Wednesday. This game was back and forth 100%, SMU did put themselves in a position to win it at the end and just couldn’t get it done. WWU finally started rebounding, which was great because they weren’t shooting well -SMU was playing some amazing defense. This turned out to be the game of the night, so… Exciting stuff.
SMU highlights: Cole Preston had five boards, six points, and 12 points; Jordan Kitchen was a monster with six blocks; Tyler Copp had four assists and nine points; Fred Jorg had 12 points, six boards, and two assists. Off the bench Isaac Bianchini had nine points; and Michael Painer also chipped in nine points.
WWU highlights: Ricardo Maxwell played a full forty minutes and grabbed five boards, four assists, and 12 points; Kyle Impero played 38 minutes grabbing nine boards, three steals, and 16 points; Colby Mitchell had nine boards and nine points; Jeff Parker had eight boards, two assists, one steal, and fourteen points; Mac Johnson had 11 points. Off the bench Harris Javier chipped in six points, but the bench really didn’t do much besides relieve the starters.
So glad to see that rebounding number from WWU, ridiculously proud of them. SMU, there really isn’t anything bad to say. WWU shot really poorly, SMU shot really well, so… Good defense. SMU’s defense is impressive. WWU, keep grinding.
Northwest Nazarene 72 @ Alaska-Fairbanks 77
Grind it out close game. The Nooks should be worried. The Crusaders should be proud considering they’ve looked like a mess but went onto the tundra and almost got the win. Very, very back and forth game with some questionable free throw shooting. Make your free throws.
NNU highlights: Joel Devastey had nine boards; Bouna N’Diaye had six boards; Detwon Rogers had 11 boards and 25 points although a terrible six turnovers; Mike Wright had eight assists, four steals, a block, four fouls, and 16 points for the full house, BUT he had five turnovers. This entire team had more turnovers than a bake sale and had they not, then likely would have won. Even with all of those turnovers they almost did.
UAF highlights: Alex Duncan had three steals; Bangaly Kaba had six boards, four assists, and nine points; Joe Slocum had three steals; Travante Williams had 12 boards, two assists, four steals, and 21 points; Almir had nine boards and 17 points. Off the bench Isaac Ladines had 17 points.
Decent game for both teams. Proud of NNU for staying in it when we’d completely written them off. Practice makes progress, they’re heading into the ragingly hot UAA and it’s going to be a battle, but now we’ve seen they’ll at least show up.
Central Washington 65 @ Alaska-Anchorage 93
So much for game of the night. No, we’ve been questioning CWU all year because their non-conference did nothing to improve them. UAA, on the other hand had a good non-conference schedule even if it didn’t help the collective conference much.
CWU highlights: Joey Roppo had 12 points; Gary Jacobs had 10; Joe Stroud had nine boards, four steals, and 14 points; Devin Matthews had seven boards and nine points. CWU got nothing from their bench. UAA shut them down mercilessly.
UAA highlights: Suki Wiggs had five boards and 21 points; Diante Mitchell had six assists and 17 points; COREY HAMMELL had 13 boards and 19 points. Off the bench: Christian Leckband had five boards and 11 points; Damian Fulp had a full house; Tayler Thompson had a full house with six boards, 10 points, two assists, along with one block, one steal, and one foul.
Great performance by UAA. Did exactly what they needed to do. With a performance like that it’s hard to think NNU will come in and be able to do much, but the Seawolves need to commit and hopefully have a similar performance on Saturday.
Good night of basketball. The big highlight was definitely SMU -we’ve liked them all year and were worried about Fred, but that fear has been abated, so that’s great. Really super happy to see WWU find their rebounding chops. UAA was phenomenal. Game previews’ll be up tomorrow at 11am.
………………… What is there to really be said?
WWU 76 @ Hawaii Pacific 82
On the one hand, we really don’t envy Saint Martin’s. On the other hand, it looks like they should have hope. But where do we stand? Never trust WWU not to be pissed off. Especially because the Vikings are going to want to really flex their muscles before getting ready to lay the smack down on Seattle Pacific. But back at this game… They lost. Again. There really are no words. We’re so mad we basically just have to walk away, especially because once again: a Pac-West team collapsed down the stretch and the GNAC team still couldn’t get it done. WWU was this — close to winning and didn’t do it. Have fun dying SMU.
Highlights: Ricardo Maxwell played FORTY FREAKING MINUTES, four assists, and 27 points; Kyle Impero played 37 minutes, grabbed ten boards, and scored eight points; Colby Mitchell had a full house with a rebound, an assist, a steal, two blocks, five fouls, and two points; Jeff Parker also played FORTY FREAKING MINUTES and had six boards as well as 25 points. Off the bench Blake Bowen went 5/5 on free throws and finished with seven points.
Vikings… Vikings, Vikings, Vikings… Congrats on your lack of turnovers (under 10, seriously impressive), but: MAKE YOUR DARN FREE THROWS.
Simon Fraser 67 @ Cal State Monterey Bay 93
*sighs* These teams were supposedly very evenly matched; they hang out in relatively the same-ish realm of the CCAA and GNAC respectively, they came into the game with the same record, and yet… See score.
Highlights: Michael Harper had three boards and sixteen points; Tyrell Lewin had six boards and 12 points. Off the bench Oshea Gairey had four boards, five assists, and 16 points.
Really not a lot to say. There’s nothing to forgive, but: beat Sonoma State and all will be forgotten.
On the horizon for tomorrow: Player-of-the-Week Noms + Announcement, and then a separate post previewing WOU vs. CU-Portland and reviewing the SFU/Sonoma State game.
After last weekend’s grossness, we feel like so far… We’ve turned a corner. At least for a day.
Central Washington 100, Hawaii-Hilo 87
Um: Wildcats got it done. And it wasn’t looking good there for a while, but they finished with some really solid numbers. There really isn’t anything bad to say about this game, which is awesome. Yeah, there was some less than ideal shooting but nothing horrifyingly unpalatable.
Highlights: Joey Roppo had 18 points; Terry Dawn wasn’t shooting well but switched to rebounding and picked up seven boards in just 13 minutes; Gary Jacobs went 8/11 and 4/4 on free throws to finish with 23 points along with six boards; Joe Stroud had a FULL HOUSE grabbing six boards, two assists, one steal, four blocks, two fouls, and finished with 18 points; Devin Matthews grabbed SEVEN boards and SIX assists along with 15 points. Off the bench Naim Ladd was guilty of bad shooting but went 5/5 on free throws and grabbed five boards, so… Still not a bad day.
Alaska Fairbanks 81, CSU Dominguez Hills 73
We don’t consider this off-the-tundra and so it’s a little concerning but they pulled out the win, and a win is a win. Pretty good shooting with the exception of Ashton Edwards and Joe Slocum -they should feel ashamed of making what was a great performance by the rest of their team slightly off color. They peed in the perfectly pristine snow and now Olaf is sad.
Highlights: Bangaly Kaba had a double double with 10 boards and 18 points, along with picking up five assists and three fouls; Travante Williams had a FULL HOUSE with 15 boards, one assist, two steals, one block, two turnovers, three fouls, and sixteen points. Everyone else wasn’t great but wasn’t horrible either and it was enough. Less than ideal to rely on essentially two players, but… We continue to wait for Almir and Joe to show up.
Seattle Pacific 84, BYU-Hawaii 60
Um, Falcons say what?!? And this was without starters Brendan Carroll and Mitch Penner playing at all. Joe Slocum may not have shown up for UAF, but Joe Rasmussen showed up in a big way for Seattle Pacific. Joe’s performance is what a center should be: he missed two threes and then realized that the paint is his life’s will and made every single shot. It’s not that complicated. Other GNAC centers, please take note. We never thought we’d say that about Joe Rasmussen (okay, we did like three years ago when he committed to SPU, but not since then) and yet, here we are.
Highlights: Bryce Leavitt had five assists, 12 points, and three fouls; Will Parker had seven assists and just two turnovers; and Gilles Dierickx went 6/6 and grabbed seven boards. Off the bench Joe Rasmussen picked up five boards while scoring 20 points; Nathan Streufert went 4-4 on FTs and grabbed five boards.
Western Washington 92, Flagler 53
Nothing bad about this game except the competition, ha! But seriously: The competition was bad and the Vikings got let out for a much needed run. Wednesday night was brutal. Good to see them bounce back, but really hard to know what it means. Flagler was 10-16 last year, so… The Vikings did what they needed to do, but it won’t feel right until they do it against a school that actually matters and they may not play one until January 7th. We’re sure everyone’s eyeing the SPU game on December 5th, but… We don’t necessarily agree. It’s at WWU, the Vikings should win because they have tons of experience and the Falcons have none. WWU rarely has a good time against UAF in Fairbanks and so from our perspective… That’ll be the bar.
Highlights: Ricardo Maxwell had five assists; Kyle Impero had 13 points; Colby Mitchell grabbed 11 boards and four fouls; Jeff Parker had seven boards and 20 points; Mac Johnson is slowly getting back to where he was with eight boards, 13 points, and two blocks, but… Really? Against Flagler? It still should have been more. Off the bench Brett Kingma had 13 points; and Harris Javier had five assists, three steals, and five points.
Colorado Christian 89, Simon Fraser 82
Not a bad night besides the shooting of Max Barkeley, the turnovers of Michael Harper, and the shooting of Oshea Gairey. No seriously, it was a good night. The Clan had every chance to win it and couldn’t get it done, but huge for growth. If you’re getting to the point of playing the fouling game with a very quality RMAC team, you’re making progress. They play the Cougars again today and hopefully will get the ‘W.’
Highlights: Hidde Vos had six assists and seventeen points; Max Barkley had six assists; Michael Harper had 13 points; JJ Pankratz had 12 points, nine boards, one assist, three steals, five blocks, three fouls, and ZERO turnovers for a gold star full house (that is: a full house without filling in the T/O column); finally, Tyrell Lewin had 10 points. Off the bench Gibran Sweani had 12 points on 6-7 shooting.
Western Oregon 79, CSU Monterey Bay 67
ANDY’S FIRST GAME BACK!!!!! And he came off the bench. Very exciting stuff. The team finally clicked, 100% what we expected, and we’re so glad to see the Wolves do exactly what we know they’re capable of. Still, let’s be real: This was CSU-Monterey Bay. It’s good to see them click, but there’s miles to go before they sleep.
Highlights: Devon Alexander had seven assists, three steals, and 10 points; Julian Nichols had a full house with two boards, two assists, three steals, one block, two fouls, and 20 points; Jordan Wiley also had a full house with four boards, one assist, one steal, one block, two fouls, and eight points. Off the bench Tanner Omlid had eight points and four boards; ANDY AVGI, the man himself, had three boards, two assists, one steal, and 20 points.
Definitely a good night for the GNAC. Not really concerned with a loss to the RMAC just because the RMAC is projected as good and SFU is seen as a cupcake, so if the Clan can get the win today that would be really good, but it shouldn’t affect SOS too much -if anything it’ll affect Colorado Christian’s, so… Do it Clan!
What else? Travante Williams. Joe Rasmussen. JJ Pankratz. An Andy sighting. Definitely the most exciting parts of the evening. Ridiculously proud of all four of them. Intrigued by what’s on the horizon for today.
Alright GNAC: Onward!
Three games in three days for Alaska Anchorage and Western Washington. While we don’t know a whole lot, it is D2 competition and obviously we’ll find out more about these games as they year progresses. These were some really, really great match-ups in terms of level appropriate. Sad that WWU vs. CBU wasn’t on the schedule, but that’s about the only complaint.
Some stuff that got overlooked in our game reviews:
-Diante Mitchell had a 40 minute game, which is nuts -especially this early in the year. All hail the cardio master that is Diante.
-Suki Wiggs had a couple of 38 minute games.
-Jeff Parker hit 36, but for the most part Western didn’t need to use their guys for that many minutes. We’re totally not against 40 minute games, but ideally you can rotate a bit more.
-Along with the 35% free throw shooting game, WWU posted an 83% FT game, so… Tough team. Early season. Dig in Vikings.
Overall just a good time. Proud of these teams. Really can’t/shouldn’t say too much yet, but both look very promising. The production stats we’re getting are intriguing; it’s looking like it’ll be a better year in the GNAC and guys are going to need to be more productive on average in order to get a sniff at player of the week this year.
Suki Wiggs… We’re both in awe and horrified simultaneously. This is a kid that managed a great production rating while shooting 10-22. Had he simply taken fewer shots, he would have hit amazing with a snap of the fingers. We were told he was special -we knew that, we watched him play (and torch our team) while he was attending O’Dea, so… Pretty excited to be in a position where we just get to be happy about what he’s doing, rather than internally burning.
As it comes to player of the weekend noms, a few guys deserve mention:
Suki Wiggs -Averaged 34 minutes, 25 points, and four rebounds. He’s already to the point where we glance at a sheet and we’re like “wait, he only had 20 points?” We’re not thrilled with how he’s getting there in terms of shot selection, but again: the return of Brian McGill should help immensely so we can’t be too picky right now.
Corey Hammell/Christian Leckband/Sjur Berg/Spencer Svejcar -All played two out of three good games. We’ll be keeping a close eye on what the four of them do, whether starting or coming off the bench. Very promising. Very intriguing. We still think Coach Oz is crazy (because he is) but it’s already looking like he’s right in that he’s got something special brewing up there.
Ricardo Maxwell -Averaged 35 minutes, 18 points, and was positively balling on his free throw shooting. Beyond thrilled with this kid. He was a near-miss on the All Conference teams last year, so good to see him immediately come in and make strides.
Jeff Parker/Colby Mitchell -Both played super well in two out of three games. Looking forward to seeing more progress out of them. Pleasantly surprised by Colby. Guess we felt like on last year’s team it went Anye-Ricardo-Mac-Jeff-Harris-Kyle/Joey, which was in fact pretty much their line-up, and now Jeff doing really good things is exactly as projected.
Kyle Impero -Averaged 36 minutes and not gonna mince words: He had an incredibly outstanding weekend. If he could be at 80% of this level for the rest of the games this year, he’d be player of the year in a landslide. He’s just doing so much. His decision making is fantastic in regard to shooting, he makes his free throws, he rebounds, he assists, he fouls, and he still walks away with plenty of points. Absolutely phenomenal.
Player of the weekend is Kyle Impero, hands down. His production ratings were insane, he was involving and backing up his teammates, fantastic shot selection, great free throws, absolutely awesome. Guess our main concern with Kyle going forward is his stamina -at 6’4/165, dude is tiny so whether or not he can maintain playing so many minutes is yet to be seen. Our advice is that he eat his chicken and peanutbutter -not necessarily together, but then again: Slow cookers are your friend.
Both teams lost and yet it wasn’t a bad day for the GNAC overall because they were some of the first games these teams played, AND our suspicion is that the losses were mostly quality.
UC Colorado Springs 79, Alaska Anchorage 70
Christian Leckbend got to start! Exciting stuff. While the result is less than desirable, this game wasn’t horrible. Everyone shot terribly, which would allude to good defense being played and the Seawolves getting tested, which is totally fine. They shot 65% from the line; neither good nor bad. It was a good test. The Seawolves got down early and then couldn’t overcome it, but not a bad game by any stretch and we look forward to seeing their improvements from it.
Player highlights: Christian Leckband had 15 points and six boards; SUKI WIGGS (apparently reads this blog) because he had 21 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists (hot dang), and five fouls -love, love, love it; Corey Hammell had five boards, three assists, and five points -all negated by four turnovers. Off the bench: Spencer Svejcar had 13 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals off the bench.
Not sure where we fall on the Spencer vs. Christian starting question. We like both. We’re excited to see Suki play off of Brian McGill because if this is how Suki is now, with a master distributor he’s going to be even more insane. Not worried about the turnovers because with Brian back it should be fine. Diante Mitchell should ultimately be the guard off the bench going forward, but with him the Seawolves are demonstrably going at least seven if not eight deep, therefore life is good. Corey had a bit of a rough game, but it’s so early that it’s neither here nor there.
Western Washington 71, MN-Moorhead 74
So… MN-Moorhead went to the Elite Eight last year and WWU almost beat them meanwhile shooting an atrocious 35% from the line. There is NO excuse for that. None. Make those free throws, win that game. The other issue is that they shot poorly; again, could be attributed to good defense being played, but… Wouldn’t have mattered if they’d made their free throws. Still, great chance to see the Vikings respond and almost pull it out. Relatively okay with this result; it’s never good to pick up a loss, but if you have to this opponent isn’t terrible to have it occur against. Incredibly, incredibly displeased with the FTs and some of the shot selection, but again: early season.
Player highlights: Ricardo Maxwell had 11 points; Kyle Impero had 14 points, seven boards, four assists, and a steal; COLBY MITCHELL had 14 points, 10 boards, and four fouls, which would have been perfect had he not gone 0-4 on his free throws; Jeff Parker had six boards and 16 points on abysmal shooting; Mac Johnson had nine boards and six points on similarly abysmal shooting -woof. Off the bench: Brett Kingma had 10 points.
Overall not a bad weekend, in fact we’d say it was pretty good. There’s not really anything D2 for a couple of weeks now, and so we probably will go ahead and stick up some POW noms and then a POW just because it’ll be a while before it’s relevant.
There will be a discussions post on Wednesday and then probably some other stuff? For the most part because we did a more intensive October than expected, these first two weeks are going to be pretty chill. November 13th is when things’ll really get crazy.
Keep in mind we won’t do team previews until the December dead period, but other than that:
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