Sorry this is going up so late.
SMU 70 @ NNU 83
This was a super fun game. Initially NNU was killing SMU, then finally SMU started coming back in, and it got within three or five? Something like that. And then NNU finally put them away and there was some fouling and this score feels about right. But SMU was in there.
Why… It’s hard to say. Relatively few turnovers? SMU highlights: Trey Ingram had eight points and four rebounds; Ryan Rogers had 12 points and three rebounds; Tyler Idowu had 11 points and six boards. Off the bench Isaac Bianchini was on fire, scoring 14 points on 5-7 shooting.
Northwest Nazarene highlights: ALEX BIRKETOFT!!!!! The kid is quickly becoming a favorite player. This game it was more obvious why they list him as a G/F hybrid; 70% shooting, iffy free throws but forgiven, four boards, two assists, two steals, one block, NO turnovers, one foul, and 18 points -FULL HOUSE! Erik Kinney had a good game going 7-9 from the free throw line, picking up eight boards, and scoring 19 points; Mike Wright chipped in 9 points; BOUNA off the bench had 18 points, six boards, and two steals. Pretty much it. Solid game from NNU. Great to see.
SFU 78 @ MSUB 85
Back and forth, back and forth, and then MSUB got into control, only came close to giving it up at the very end, and then put it away. Good to see from the Yellowjackets. If any of their athletic department staff is reading this: Your audio was only working out of the left speaker, so… who knows? Oh and this game was kind of horrifying; talk about the least common denominator.
All stats modified for SFU’s tempo.
SFU highlights: Sango scored 17 and had three assists; Justin Cole added 8 points and three steals; Rod Evans-Taylor had 10 points; Patrick Simon II fouled out while only play 23 minutes -congrats? Hidde Vos had 8 points off the bench. Pretty much it.
MSUB highlights: Kendall Denham played major minutes and made every single free throw, finishing with five boards and 9 points; EMMANUEL JOHNSON -another great kid had six boards and 12 points; Jace Anderson finished with 13 points; Jordan Perry, eight points and six boards; Tyler Nelson had nine points and six boards. MSUB really didn’t go deep this game -the coaches are finding their rotation starting to dig in, and so far so good.
Again -ugly game all around. Massive amounts of turnovers. At first it looked like MSUB had managed to take SFU out of their tempo, and then you look at the TO numbers and you realize that no… it was just two teams playing at that tempo very poorly.
WOU 78 @ CWU 71
This game was AMAZING! As noted last night: Really interesting to look at WOU’s minute distribution against CWU opposed to SPU -their starters didn’t play nearly as many minutes proportionally. While WOU was down by a few points and as many as 10, it felt like they were biding their time -there was never this sense that they weren’t going to come back from it. It was always close.
WOU highlights: Devon Alexander had 15 points, three rebounds and three assists; Julian Nichols (prayers with Julian -nasty spill) had eight points, seven boards, and eight assists -dude is on his way to a triple double and we can’t wait!; Lew Thomas had five boards and six assists; Jordan Wiley had a full house with five boards, three assists, one steal, two blocks, one foul, and seven points; the always amazing Andy Avgi had eight boards, two steals, and 27 points on 11-15 shooting and being 3-4 from the line. Off the bench: Adam hastings added a full house with 10 points, four boards, one assist, one steal, one block, and two fouls.
CWU highlights: The man, JOE STROUD, with five boards, five blocks, and 16 points; Dom Williams had 30 points (dang), three boards, and three assists; Terry Dawn had five boards; Off the bench: Julian Vaughn had four boards; Gary Jacobs had four boards, two assists, one steal, and 13 points. They’ll have a chance to get back up against SMU, which should be good.
WWU 82 @ SPU 72
Western… hello there Vikings of yore. The score is way closer than it should’ve been. SPU wasn’t coming back from that. Shouldn’t laugh, but am, because… horrible. Western was in control and at one point was up by 20 and as of 11 minutes left… SPU could have, but wasn’t going to. They get this all the time: do or do not, there is no try. Basketball’s force was strong in the Vikings tonight.
Western Washington highlights: Ricardo Maxwell had 16 points and three assists; ANYE TURNER had 7 points, nine boards, two assist, and five blocks -not one of his better nights, but he wasn’t really needed that badly either seeing as he still had two fouls left to give; Harris Javier added seven points; Jeff Parker added 16 on decent shooting; MAC JOHNSON had 15 points and nine boards, although has GOT to get better from the line. Off the bench: Kyle Impero had 15 points; Joey Schreiber added 7. Didn’t go too deep, but who knows what’s really up with WWU this year?
Seattle Pacific highlights: Riley Stockton, major foul trouble (good job WWU), had 10 points, nine boards, and two assists; Brendan Carroll had 11 points, four boards, and three assists; Mitch Penner had 10 points, five boards, and two assists; Cory Hutsen had 14 points and two boards. Off the bench: Shawn Reid had 14 points and six boards; Joe Rasmussen had six points and three boards. Honestly… the Falcons stats looked like SMU’s usual stats. It was a little weird, not gonna lie. You come to expect different things from different teams, and theirs looked… abnormal. Congrats to the Vikings.
Again: Sorry these are up late, no excuses. Congrats to the Wolves, Vikings, Yellowjackets, and Crusaders. Usual game previews’ll will be up tomorrow in the actual morning.
Good morning! One feature that it became abundantly clear needs to be a thing is a player-of-the-week as designated by the GNAC Men’s Basketblog. Usually this’ll be based around a combination of double-doubles, full houses, or other qualities like that.
A full house is basically the opposite of Club Trillion; a player needs to get at least one of each: a rebound, assist, steal, block, and score points. Turnovers are not necessary, but are forgiven.
If you have someone that didn’t statistically stand out that you think was the heart of your team and should get the nomination instead: tweet at us, or leave a comment.
Nominations will be posted on Mondays, with the winner post occurring on Wednesdays.
UAF: Adam Griffin/Ruben Silvas/Almir Hadsizehovic –No one distinguishes between the three, but all played well.
UAA: Brian McGill –consistency.
SFU: Sango Niang –rebounds + points = wins.
WWU: Anye Turner –blocks.
SPU: Riley Stockton — incredible balance; did what it takes to make the guys around him better.
MSUB: Austin Hudson –double-double.
CWU: Gary Jacobs/Julian Vaughn/Jordan Russell — T/O issues plague two of them, but they’re still valuable.
NNU: Kevin Rima/Bouna N’Diaye –Kevin had a double-double, Bouna had a full house!
SMU: Trey Ingram –assists + full house!!
WOU: Andy Avgi –points + rebounding.
Great job to all of the guys! If there’s a twitter account we haven’t linked that you want linked, please do in fact say something. This blog is about bringing some much deserved attention to some straight up ballin’ guys that don’t usually get it.
It was a fantastic and crazy weekend. The post about Saturday’s games (which these nominations did take into account) should be up by the end of today.
Here are 10 guys (one from each team) to be curious about for the coming season.
They are not necessarily the best player, they are not necessarily the most compelling player, they are not necessarily even guys that are projected to have large roles; they’re simply guys to keep an eye on.
UAA: Guard, Travis Thompson. He averaged 21 points last year as a junior and considering the Seawolves leading minutes recipient and leading rebounder respectively are both now gone, Travis will be expected to take on an even heavier load. We’ll see what he does; bonus is that he’s a local kid, which is always good to see.
UAF: Guard, Joe Slocum. He averaged 10 points while playing 33 minutes a game, on a five man scoring front, and UAF returns almost no one with the exception of Joe. Five different guys last year made up a vast bulk of their scoring, rebounding, and minutes, so they’re gonna be hoping Joe steps up and steps up big. Dude’s a gamer, so perhaps this is where he breaks free.
SFU: Guard, Sango Niang. It’s not really a question, but this team is highly questionable. He averaged 16 points, but SFU lost a lot of seniors and other people. It’ll be curious to see if he can work with his teammates and help drag them out of the basement.
WWU: Is this really a question, or is there only one answer? No and yes. Small forward, Anye Turner. Whether you love him or can’t stand him, he’s gonna be the guy to watch on the WWU team. He averaged 26 minutes and 8.5 points, but… c’mon, he’s a senior and it’s ANYE! That’s pronounced “On-yay” for those that have not been blessed to witness his antics in person.
SPU: NO. Don’t even think it. And if you bring up his uncle ONE MORE TIME just no. Because you’re not gonna read that name -Center, Cory Hutsen is the player I’m curious about on the SPU team. He’s a 5th year senior that’s been passable and really pathetic at times, but he stepped up big in the Stanislaus game, so… can he be a consistent force rather than just a foul machine? We’ll see. Dark horse pick on this team for player to watch goes to Brendan Carroll.
MSUB: Center, Austin Hudson. Yes he’s listed as a forward… he’s the biggest guy on the team and a force in the paint all the same. The only returning starter, he averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds… could he get up to a double-double this year? Nothing would be happier than that. Because at 6’7 and likely around 260lbs… he’s gonna be banging, so it’ll likely be a matter of him making almost every put back.
CWU: Grab bag. I’m going to go with forward, Julian Vaughn because he averaged the most rebounds of any returner (not that it says anything). They lost pretty much all of their people, so… hopefully both Julian and guard Jalen Peake step up because they’re pretty much the entirety of GNAC experience that the team has. If Jalen does really step up, it could say great things; he’s only a sophomore, and program sustained growth is everything.
SMU: Guard, Riley Carel. Just, Riley Carel. This is part bias and part the fact that he is the best returning piece on that team and that SMU did quite differently when he was able to play vs. when he wasn’t.
WOU: Forward, Andy Avgi. He’s actually not the player I’m most curious about, but he is their leading returning rebounder so… rebounding over came the urge for bias. Sorry Lewis Thomas.
NNU: Guard/Forward, Greyson Moore. Michael Loomis is another tempting pick, but Greyson has substantially better rebounding numbers. They return quite a bit, have gotten some very interesting transfers, but… we’ll see if any of them have an impact. Greyson should be a good guy to watch.
That largely just looks like a list of the best returning rebounders and while it wasn’t intentional, it’s impossible to say that there’s no merit behind it. Rebounding is absolutely huge because when it comes down to it: rebounding is a huge part of how you win the turnover battle, and is consistent aggression and commitment as opposed to spurts of it in the case of steals.
SPU, WWU, and WOU are the teams I’m most curious about overall, but a huge chunk of that is the fact that two of them return rosters that are easily recognizable and the other is WWU. The amount of turnover the GNAC experienced this past year (partly due to graduation, partly due to other things) is sizable and so purely going off of that, there’s good potential for another down season. However, never underestimate the power of transfers that can come in and play right away. It happens frequently and it can change an outlook almost overnight.
There was some thought that Team Season Previews would come out prior to non-conference play starting, but because it looks like as a conference we’re relying so heavily on transfer impact players… they’re likely not going to show up until late-November, simply to try to avoid some of the overlook factor.