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WWU @ UCSD

We didn’t end up doing a preview for WWU vs. UCSD because we’re lazy. We didn’t watch the game because we were busy being poked and prodded because our tonsils decided to grow back.

Here’s our prediction prior to looking at the results or knowing ANYTHING. Kid on Christmas, right here:

UCSD is a good team. They went legendary in our mind last year when the coach won a game with four guys, due to foul-outs and injuries. We consider them and Chico State to be our “CCAA” teams. They also wear shorts of a good length -none of this man-pris junk.

Western is of course our second favorite team; we love them, we’re obsessed with them this year because they’re actually playing functional basketball and they have a ton of guys that play in the style we love. We haven’t been to as much as we have in the past because we’re not missing Husky and Seahawks games to watch teams like Quest and Fresno State.

All of that said: We expect when we reveal the results to be a battle that either team could have won. We’re hoping it was fairly close and neither team blew the other out, because SOS matters. We’re hoping the numbers are okay. Not good, because that would mean no defense. So we’ll see. It’s a toss-up. Our gut says that Western could have won big and might’ve won big, but… We’ll see.

Western Washington 104 @ UC San Diego 81

Western won big. Our gut was right. And we’re 50/50 on it. We’re the anti-bandwagon and we feel like we’re bandwagoning Western, which is uncomfortable, even though we’re well aware that we’re truer than 98% of “fans” that went there and/or live in the area.

Vikings highlights: Holy guacamole, Taylor Stafford had 44 points on 15/21 shooting, as well as picked up five assists; Trey Drechsel had 15 points, eight boards, and five assists; Logan Schilder had nine points and eight boards; Daulton Hommes had six boards; Jeffrey Parker went off, scoring 15 points; and off the bench Trevor Jasinsky had seven points and four boards.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Not a ton of bench play, but oh my goodness. We trust Western completely, the style they’re playing is amazing, but at the same time we also trust UCSD and wonder if it was a situation like the Seahawks this weekend where they basically rolled over and died.

We looked over the UCSD numbers… Nothing horrible, nothing great. Really average game. Which is great for WWU because it means it wasn’t a bad night that can be written off; WWU was using teamwork, moving the ball, their shots were falling, and we saw them at the best of their ability against a good team.


We’ll see if we preview the Chaminade game tomorrow…

There’s so much parity and the SPU team is such a mess while still being SPU, so… Who knows? And maybe what’s even funnier is that while we know SPU is a mess, our conference overall has looked really strong, while the Pac-West in particular has looked full of parity straight up, so… It would be nice to get a win, we think the Falcons could get a win, but will they make the choice to go in and take a win? It’s hard playing Hawaii, so it’s going to have to be an active decision rather than the passiveness they’ve shown as of late.

Congrats Vikings + Good Luck Falcons!

Player-of-the-Week is… Taylor Stafford!!

It’s a good week to be a Taylor with connections to the sehome.

Taylor had a great couple of games against Seattle Pacific and Saint Martin’s, respectively, picking up an impressive array of field stats, including but not limited to:

15 assists
17 rebounds
7 steals

and

10 turnovers.

However, we’re pointing out the turnovers because in the case of Taylor, it meant the ball was in his hands when it mattered. The field stats mean that he was being actively productive even as he was picking up those turnovers. There are other guys, even on the WWU team itself, that turnovers stick out in a bad way -we’re not concerned about Taylor’s. Would it be better to be without them? Yeah.Was it because he was playing selfishly? Absolutely not. The turnovers in context are completely fine.

Taylor is another transfer that we “knew” we’d be getting. The type of transfer that comes in, works his butt off, and transforms his team. We feel honored to get to name him player-of-the-week and can’t wait to see what he does next.

Congrats Taylor, and thanks for bringing your talents to the GNAC!!

Conference POW Noms #1

UAF: Bangaly Kaba -basketball doesn’t seem so difficult when your major is petroleum engineering.
UAA: Corey Hammell -when the shooting gets tough, the tough start rebounding.
SFU: JJ Pankratz -good to see him getting back in the groove.
WWU: Taylor Stafford -game changing point guard for the Vikings, helped lead his team to two wins.
SPU: DAULTON HOMMES! Making the most of things now that he’s finally healthy, some really really good play this weekend.
SMU: N/A —> Spencer Svejcar -great game against CWU, did good things against NNU.
MSUB: N/A —> Diante Mitchell -high turnovers, but also smart shooting and good assisting.
CWU: Dom Hunter -had a great game against his former team and helped lead the Wildcats to a win against his old rival.
NNU: N/A —> Suki Wiggs. Suki gonna Suki, one of the games was mediocre, but it wasn’t terrible.
CU-PDX: Christopher Edwards -exactly the type of player that can change the landscape of his team for the better.
WOU: Tanner Omlid -takes way too many shots, but does rebound, play D, and distribute as well.

Surprisingly the perfect number of spots, and yes: over a third of the list consists of the starters from UAA, which tells everyone a couple of things:

1. Winning both games isn’t necessary for POW honors.
2. Everyone can be productive at the same time.

It ultimately didn’t come down to this, but had Suki won, he would have been DQ’d because his second game was good but not great. Better than the average player puts up on any given night, but still not POW winner material. As regularly noted: ‘Player of the week‘ is about the complete course of the two games -not just one good performance.

Winner up in an hour.

Conference Game Day #2

Hey look, a post is going up on time! So exciting.

CU-Portland 92 @ MSU-Billings 82

Lots of back and forth before CU-PDX finally pulled away. We’re not sure whether we were right in our prediction or not because we didn’t really predict anything -we just said we didn’t know. The teams were fairly evenly matched, although we give CU-PDX the edge (obviously) now in particular because winning on the road is much harder (theoretically) than winning at home. We’re honestly confused about MSUB -they have a ton of experience and yet…? Who knows. Technically we still haven’t seen enough just yet.

Cavalier highlights: Drew Martin had a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards; Christopher Edward continues to impress with 18 points and eight boards; and Jarrett Gray had 11 points and seven boards. The Cavs saw some nice bench play with Bryan Michaels having 13 points and seven boards; and Latrell Wilson having 15 points.

Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had 14 points and six boards; Marc Matthews had nine boards; and Kamal Tall had nine points. The Yellowjackets also had fairly good bench play with Cinco Durr having 13 points; and Christian Evans dropping 18.

Congrats on a battle well-fought to both teams.


Alaska-Anchorage 67 @ Northwest Nazarene 71

So good, we almost regret not going except there were a lot of other really good games we got to watch too. What the heck is up with you Anchorage? We know Coach Oz (and most of your teammates) have used the choice words we’d rather be using, so… Imagine. Saltier than a ship’s hull after seven years at sea.

Seawolf highlights: Diante Mitchell had 22 points while going 7-8 from the line; Spencer Svjecar added 11 points; Corey Hammell was cold, so instead had a monstrous night grabbing boards ending up with 15; and Connor Devine also grabbed nine boards. Very minimal bench play. Suki was off, and although we’re sad… We’re so happy we got to see a performance like Thursday night’s in person. We’re still enthralled with it. It was incredible.

Crusader highlights: Carlos Garcia had five boards; Bouna N’Diaye had 13 points and six boards; Pol Olivier had 13 points; and Kalieb Rodriguez had 12 points and seven boards. Off the bench Marko Lepovic had seven boards; and Jayden Bezzant had 12 points.

Very hard fought game on both sides. Super proud of the Crusaders for not sending Suki to the line -that’ll get you in trouble, fast. We’re guessing the Seawolves will look forward to some revenge when the teams meet up there in their hella nice lair.


Simon Fraser 72 @ Saint Martin’s 86

The Clan were in it for a super long time and then part way through the second half, the Saints walked away and never looked back. Honestly, we’re pleased with both teams. The fact that SFU hung around for so long says they’re making progress -we think SMU is a legitimately good team this year. This isn’t a bad loss or an expected win in the slightest. The result was what it was and the Clan will be in a great position to return the favor when the Saints go visit them in Burnaby.

Clan highlights: Michael Provenzano had 21 points and five assists; JJ Pankratz had a full house with 19 points and nine boards among other numbers; and off the bench Graham Miller had seven boards.

Saint highlights: Cole Preston had a whopping 11 assists; Jordan Kitchen had nine points, five boards, and five blocks in a full house; Rhett Baerlocher had eight boards; Tyler Copp had a massive 29 points on 11-13 shooting from the line, and also grabbed six boards; and Fred Jorg had 12 points. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 12 points; and Brandon Kenilvort had a great game with 11 points and nine boards.

Fun game to watch. Congrats on the progress to the Saints and we’re seeing visible progress with the Clan, which is an improvement.


Alaska-Fairbanks 76 @ Central Washington 79

Close game all the way through. Completely evenly matched. Very fun to watch. Credit to the Wildcats’ home court advantage for this one -they get in your head. We’re Switzerland regarding the CWU games this week and yet they got in our head.

Nanook highlights: Nahjee Matlock had 17 points and eight assists; Bangaly Kaba had 21 points and eight boards on great shooting; and Zach Pederson had 11 rebounds. Off the bench Spencer Clark had five points and four boards.

Wildcat highlights: Naim Ladd had five boards; Dom Hunter had 33 points; Jawan Stepney had 13 points; and Fuquan Niles had six rebounds and eight blocks -um, center say whaaaat? We love it. Off the bench Chris-Michael Garret had nine points.

Again: Awesome game. Both teams are good. Congrats to the Wildcats on getting the win, thank your fans and prepare to do it without them when you’re up in Fairbanks, eh?


Western Washington 96 @ Seattle Pacific 91

………………………………….. We don’t know what to say. We love the WWU team this year because they return a bunch of guys that play in the way that we love. WWU has looked really good throughout non-con. SPU has looked iffy. Moral victory for SPU to take a good team like this to OT? Especially playing as they have been. The big difference between WWU and SPU is the fact that the WWU players all actually care, while the SPU ones largely don’t.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 28 points and nine boards; Trey Drechsel had seven boards; Logan Schilder had seven boards and 11 points; Daulton Hommes had seven boards and 24 points; and off the bench Travor Janisky had 10 points and seven boards.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had five fouls; Will Parker had a double-double with 13 points, 10 boards, and six assists; Tony Miller had eight boards; Joe Rasmussen had a full house with six boards amongst other numbers; Olivier-Paul Betu had 26 points and seven assists on great shooting. Off the bench Sharif Khan had five fouls; and Gavin Long had six points.

WWU out-rebounded SPU 49-37. We’re shocked they didn’t win by more/SPU got it to overtime. Hear that GNAC? SPU doesn’t rebound this year. You can do whatever you want in the paint and they’ll let you. They don’t care. Alright. Good.


Interesting and fun night of basketball. POW stuff’ll be up tomorrow morning with the usual “nominations” and “winner” posts an hour apart. On the horizon for this week include a Discussions post -including catching up with the first weekend of conference play in the other two conferences.

The GNAC conference standings chart will go up on Monday after WOU plays MSUB.

Have a blessed Sunday and Go Hawks!

Conference Game Day #1!

Housekeeping: The non-conference chart’ll be updated this weekend, the conference play chart will be started and updated. 55 hour work weeks -welcome to the real world; we love it.

Results:

Alaska-Fairbanks 81 @ Northwest Nazarene 72

NNU put up a really good fight and it was close for a long time, but UAF ultimately pulled it out on the road because when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Nanook highlights: Bangaly Kaba had 23 points and a flawless (no turnovers) full house; Zach Pederson had 15 points and 5 boards; Brandon Davis had a monster game with 18 points, four assists, and four boards; and off the bench LaDonavan Wilder had quite the interesting line with five points, four fouls, and two steals in just five minutes of play. Impressive.

Crusader highlights: Kalieb Rodriguez continues to impress with 13 points; Maurice Jones had a huge 21 points and 12 boards; and off the bench Jayden Bezzant had 16 points among other decent field stats.


Alaska-Anchorage 98 @ Central Washington 92

You may have seen our comment on twitter -UAA tried like heck to choke this game away but just couldn’t manage to do it. They were up by quite a bit and the gym was quiet and wasn’t in it, and then they didn’t stay locked down and while the Hogwarts motto is ‘Never tickle a sleeping dragon,’ the GNAC motto should probably be ‘Never tickle a sleeping Wildcat.’ If you’ve managed to keep those fans quiet, embrace it, lock down, keep going, because if you allow them to wake up your life is going to get very difficult very quickly. Life got very difficult for the Seawolves, but they managed to still get it done.

Seawolf highlights: Suki Wiggs had a massive 46 points on elite shooting from the field (7-8 from three) and great shooting from the line; Diante Mitchell had 12 points; Spencer Svejcar had 21 points; Corey Hammell had a massive 16 boards; and Connor Devine had 12 points and a full house. There was very little bench play, although we noticed that Augustus was definitely a team leader off the bench -dude is firey as all heck.

Wildcat highlights: Naim Ladd had good field stats although a bad shooting night, including five boards; Dom Hunter had an amazing game against his former team, scoring 30 points and going 9/10 from the line; Marc Rodgers had 6 points off the bench; and Fuquan Niles had 14 points. Not many highlights largely because the Wildcats are so balanced and play with such good teamwork that the ball gets distributed and a lot of people score a few points, which is good. Teamwork makes the dream work.

Really fun game to be at -thanks to the Wildcats/CWU for the hospitality, and thanks to UAA for letting us scream at you. We had a blast.


Simon Fraser 66 @ Seattle Pacific 88

SFU outscored SPU. In the second half. By two points. Success kid? SPU just lost to their old coach after beating a couple of other impressive teams -don’t take it personally Clansmen, the war path was calling them.

Clan highlights: Michael Provenzano had 10 points and five boards; JJ Pankratz had 18 points and a full house; and off the bench Othniel Spence had nine points; while Graham Miller had six. Kedar Wright didn’t play, which is interesting. Not sure why, but with SFU we will say that it did probably affect the final score. When you’re coming back from the ashes, every little thing matters -trust us, we were at UW for the 0-12 season.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had a double-double with 25 points and 10 boards; Joe Rasmussen had 15 points and eight boards; off the bench Sharif Khan went 7-8 from the line; and Hunter Eisenhower had 13 points.

Conclusion: SPU is still a mess.


Western Washington 91 @ Saint Martin’s 78

Pretty much as expected. Western was up. Western got apathetic. SMU came back in the second half. Western clamped down and Western won fairly comfortably. It was what it was and we’re proud of both teams -the Vikings for recommitting and the Saints for taking advantage when they could.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had a huge game with 30 points, eight boards, and seven assists; Trey Drechsel had eight boards and five assists; Logan Schilder won the battle of the seven footers (that sounds a little species-est) with 12 points and five boards; Daulton Hommes continues to impress with 19 points, nine boards, and five assists; and Jeffrey Parker had 10 boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma had six points; and Trevor Janisky had seven. Very balanced -WWU appears to be missing a number of guys that would usually see a good number of minutes, so that’s interesting. Trey Drechsel needs to focus on playing within himself more -shooting doesn’t define basketball any more than throwing defines football. There’s a lot that goes on to make shooting/throwing possible, it’s okay to be elite at helping your teammates.

Saint highlights: Cole Preston had 6 assists; Jordan Kitchen had seven boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 11 points, eight boards, and five fouls; and Tyler Copp had 10 points. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 18 points; and Rico Nuno had 11 points and five boards.

Really curious to see what the Saints do on Saturday against Simon Fraser/what Simon Fraser does against the Saints.


Overall a really fun night of basketball. We still are going to post POW stuff for last week at some point in the next day or so, so that’ll be fun. Game previews up tomorrow morning around 11am.

Non-Conference Weekend #2, Day 2.

Alright, here we go. It’s late but it’s still here and that’s what counts, eh? The good news is that all of the math is already done for POW so that’ll go up tomorrow morning on schedule.

Central Washington 93 vs. MN-Mankato 104

The Wildcats got outside themselves =( It was totally within their range and they could have had it and they panicked and it didn’t happen, but we’re still so proud of them. As noted yesterday: It wouldn’t surprise us if Mankato is a very, very good team.

Wildcat highlights: Naim Ladd had 18 points; Dom Hunter had 27 points; Terry Dawn had six boards; Jawan Stepney had 15 points and five boards; and off the bench Sage Woodruff had five boards.


Simon Fraser 73, Lindenwood 72

SFU vs. Lindenwood round two and SFU squeaked out another one. Nicely done Clan. Plenty of good numbers to go around, so we’ll jump right in.

Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsome had eight boards and 10 points; Graham Miller had 9 points and five boards; Michael Provenzano had another good game with 14 points and five boards, along with five fouls; JJ Pankratz had 9 points and five boards; and Tyrell Lewin had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench Andrew Williamson had 9 points; and Hidde Vos had eight points.


Western Washington 94, Holy Names 68

Can’t spell ‘slaughter’ without ‘laughter’? The numbers aren’t as good as they could be, but there are a lot of good ones and we’re very satisfied with WWU.

Vikings highlights: Taylor Stafford had 17 points and 11 boards; Trey Drechsel had 14 points and five boards; Logan Schilder had 10 points, seven boards, and five blocks -good to see the 7’0er getting aclimated; Daulton Hommes had 13 points and six boards; and Jeffrey Parker had a full house with 24 points and seven rebounds, among other stats. Off the bench Trevor Jasinsky had seven points.


Seattle Pacific 72 vs. Dixie State 74 in OT

Dixie State won. We’re not very happy. But it does create a lot parity because it wasn’t a good loss. Dixie State is yet to get a good win. They have good losses, but not any good wins, and a brand new SPU team that doesn’t return anything does not count as a quality win. But looking at the numbers SPU decided they didn’t give a crap about rebounding, so… They get what they get.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten played 40 minutes and had eight rebounds; Sam Simpson had six boards; and Joe Rasmussen had five fouls. Off the bench Sharif Khan had 10 points; and Tony Miller had 21 points and seven boards.

We consider this game to be a complete mess and with a slightly more experienced team the Falcons would have had it, but the fact is they don’t have that experience this year and they can’t get away half-trying like they have in the past. Hopefully they learned something -if they didn’t, their SoCal games this coming week are going to be felt widely and painfully on a conference level.


Alaska-Fairbanks 71 vs. BYU-Hawaii 68

Praise Nooks. They got it done. It was desperate considering BYU-H only used six players (essentially five) but it’s still a ‘W.’

Nanook highlights: Nahjee Matlock had 13 points and five assists; Bangaly Kaba had 14 points and seven boards; LaDonavan Wilder had seven boards; Zach Pederson had 15 points and six boards; Brandon Davis had 12 points, five boards, six assists, five steals, a block, four fouls, and zero turnovers in a perfect full house. Off the bench Michael Kluting had eight points and six boards.


Alaska-Anchorage 73, Cal State LA 68

Thank God, the Seawolves got out of this. Suki was more off on free throws than we’re used to seeing, so that was interesting. Corey Hammell finally had a Corey Hammell game, so that was good. Mixed bag, but what can we say? The Seawolves got it done and we are incredibly relieved.

Seawolves highlights: Suki Wiggs had 27 points and six boards; Corey Hammell had 12 points and 11 boards; and Connor Devine had 12 points and six boards. No real bench play, which is mildly concerning but Sjur Berg saw almost no minutes, so… Maybe means nothing.


CU-Portland 62, San Francisco State 86

The Gators were in ‘steamroll’ mode. That’s okay. We’re still proud of the Cavs for the progress they’re clearly making. We think they’re going to make some noise in conference -Christopher Edward, among others, is for real.

Cavalier highlights: Drew Martin had 14 points; Christopher Edward had a double-double with 10 boards and 10 points; off the bench Davis Nuaimi had five assists; and Taylor Harris had 11 points.


Saint Martin’s 75, San Bernardino State 80

The Saints ALMOST got the win but couldn’t pull it off likely due to a slow 7’0er. He goes in for the tip and nothing else. We like Fred a lot, but… Winning the tip doesn’t matter if he can’t even be counted on to grab one measly board. Naim Ladd is 5’7 and had seven the other night, so… Get with it Fred. You’ve got five fouls. Use them.

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had five boards and 17 points; Rhett Baerlocher had seven boards; Tyler Copp bounced back and had 16 points; Brandon Kenilvort had five boards; and off the bench Trey Ingram had 15 points.


MSU-Billings 50 vs. Cal State East Bay 54

Close and hard fought game but ultimately MSUB couldn’t pull it out. Quite honestly it bugs us because MSUB returns so much, so… Yellowjackets: What are you doing? We know East Bay’s place in conference tends to make them look worse than they are (truly an any given night team) but you were at home and have so many returners. Hmmm. We expect more of you Yellowjackets. Next week, perhaps.

Yellowjacket highlights: PRESTON BEVERLY had a huge game wiht 14 points and 25 points on good shooting; and Christian Evans had five boards.

To be fair, some of the lacking in highlights is because it was a low-scoring game, but… Shooting numbers were also bad.


Western Oregon 63 vs. UC San Diego 75

The Tritons read Western Oregon like a book. They came in apparently very prepared and essentially just shut the Wolves down completely. WOU still had few turnovers, so UCSD could have maybe forced them better, but… This was revenge for the Sweet 16 game and they got it.

Wolves highlights: Ali Faruq-Bey had six boards; and off the bench Demtrius Trammell had 11 points; while Yanick Kulich had 19 points and seven boards; and Malik Leaks had seven points.

Yup. That minimal. Looking forward to the Wolves bouncing back after a painful weekend.


Northwest Nazarene 84 vs. Colorado Christian 103

Weeee. Eeeee. Okay, honestly not surprising because Colorado Christian is often good, as the RMAC is usually really good. This is a quality loss if we’ve ever seen it.

Crusader highlights: Bouna N’Diaye had six boards; Jalen Shepard had nine assists and 16 points, whoa; Kaileb Rodriguez had 25 points and 12 boards for the double-double; Maurice Jones had 13 points and five fouls. Off the bench Pol Olivier had six points.


Overall a mis-mash of a weekend. We’re not as concerned as we expected ourselves to be, mostly because it does look like so much parity across the region that we feel like if a few teams clamp down and others buck up, things’ll be just fine.

POW noms up tomorrow at 10am, with the announcement at 11.

Shenanigans: GNAC is Bae.

Dear 2016-2017 GNAC Men’s Basketball Players,

We love you. It’s been less than a week and you’ve already made our heart sing like whoa.

Transfers -you’re great, you’re amazing, we’re so excited and happy to have you and you’ve proven it so much already in just two measly D2 games. Olivier-Paul, you know what we think. Taylor Stafford we’re so proud of you. Ali Faruq-Bey you are our bae and are fantastic. Not really; the bae is hyperbole, the fantastic is for real. Kedar Wright, we’re happy to have lost Patrick Simon II because we’ve got you instead -100% worth it.

Returners that have stepped up their games majorly already, even when we were expecting it out of a number of you -we love it. We’ve missed you. Tanner Omlid, you were good last year and we’re already so proud of you this year. Tyler Copp and Trey Ingram, it was a whole year of not really getting to write about you two and yet this year here you are again and it’s wonderful. Naim Ladd is stepping up big, we see dat shooting. Joe Rasmussen, putting up numbers, what’s with this craziness. He’s still pawning off rebounding on everyone else, but he’s now only moderately bad at defense rather than full out refusing to play it, so that’s progress. There are more of you and we love you and we promise you’ll get gushed about too in good time if you just keep putting up those numbers.

Frosh are rocking it hardcore and we’re cooing like there’s no tomorrow. Tony Miller. Daulton Hommes. When little kids effectively rebound, it’s so great. So far you’re the only frosh that have seen big minutes and rocked it but we love you to death, which both of you know, but still. To any other frosh that might read this: We can’t wait to be excited about you! We know you’re going to be great.

To all GNAC players -come the mid point of the season, if you’re passable at all, we’ll be complaining about you. It’s what we do. It’s one of the reasons our own school loathes us -they’re usually really good, and yet if you heard us talk about them, you’d assume they’re at the bottom because we’re always like “ugh, we have so much to work on, I can’t believe they did that, that is not acceptable, we’re never going to win like this,” when they just won a game by 20. Never stops.

So yes. We do genuinely love all of y’all and are already so proud and feel so blessed to get to write about amazing guys like you! Super cheesy, but super true, so thank-you.

Love,
The GNAC Men’s BasketBlog

P.S.

Our readers are awesome too. Yes, even you.


We went to write tomorrow morning’s preview and then this came out, so… Okay. We’ll go with it. The fingers know.

Non-Con Player-of-the-Week Noms #1!

First player-of-the-week Noms of the season! We keep saying stuff like that and it’s partly to reassure that you haven’t missed anything and partly so we can welcome and explain stuff to the new people. The blog is three years in and yet we get new readers almost every day =) However, there are also plenty of you that have been reading since the beginning and so you’re like “yeah, blah blah blah.”

New people: Highly recommended to look at ‘Our Story’ and the ‘Table of Contents’ tabs up at the top. Vets, they’re a fun read if you haven’t in a while.

Player-of-the-Week Basics:

Our formula is ours, but it basically is the player production stat mixed with the fact that we don’t care how amazing a performance is one night if they don’t back it up with at least an okay performance the next; it’s Player-of-the-Week, not Best-Performance-of-the-Week. We also do have minimums; getting nominated POW means you played well. We allow the donation of spots; i.e. if Team A doesn’t have a guy that hits our minimums, but Team B has two guys then Team B will get the spot from Team A.

We’ve been using this formula since mid-December of 2014 (almost the entirety of the blog’s existence). There have been times when we have more spots than qualified guys, but when that happens, the guys that do get nominated still know that it’s 100% legitimate.

Finally, here we go, this weeks nominations:

UAF: N/A
UAA: N/A
SFU: Kedar Wright -fantastic from the line and grabbed a bunch of boards against Hilo, along with a solid performance against Humboldt. See: Transfers being awesome.
WWU: Taylor Stafford -two good nights of play.
SPU: Coleman Wooten -no words, just rebounds; 23 of them.
SMU: Tyler Copp -glad to have him back, and proud to see him lead his team to an impressive and hard fought victory over PLNU.
MSUB: N/A —> Joe Rasmussen of SPU -demonstrated what two good nights of finesse post play look like.
CWU: Dom Hunter -the shooting was bad, but the free throws and field stats were great both nights.
NNU: DNP
CU-PDX: Christopher Edward -two good nights with good shooting from the field.
WOU: Tanner Omlid -leading his team, just as we were 100% confident he could and would.

Aaaand we already have more spots than players that hit the numbers required. The second night really took out a lot of people we were anticipating putting on this list, but it’s all good. We’re still just as excited about them, it’s just the first real weekend of the year and there are growing pains. There were so many good performances and we can’t wait to watch ALL of you -yes, even the guys that saw zero minutes- this coming week.

Congrats to all of the nominees; winner’ll go up an in an hour.

D2 Non-Con Day 2

Embrace the quality losses? Not every team lost. But the Alaskas lost, meaning that UAA officially isn’t hosting the regional so our biggest prediction of the off-season just went kaput two days in. Fun times, eh? But there were a lot of great wins too, so we’ll focus on that.

MSUB 88 vs. Holy Names 80

Jackets pulled it out!! As they should. But it looks like the teams were pretty evenly matched, which theoretically is not a good sign for MSUB. Still, a W is a W.

Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had 20 points; Marc Matthews had 30 and a full house; Christian Evans had a double-double with 10 boards and 12 points; and off the bench Sven Jeuschede had five points and five boards.

CU-PDX  72 @ San Bernardino 85

Not surprising, but definitely disappointing after the previous night’s win. It’s early in the year, it doesn’t mean much, but it does help the SOS start to shake out. The bad thing is, we don’t think CSUSB blew out CU-PDX enough; 13 points is respectable, not dominant. Because CWU got a win in OT, it would have been nice to see CSUSB dominate thus increasing conference strength of schedule. Oh well, nice effort by the Cavs.

Cavalier highlights: Drew Martin had six boards and was 6-7 from the line; Latrell Wilson had 16 points; Christopher Edward had 15 points and five boards; Jarrett Gray had 13 points; and off the bench Harris Taylor had five points and eight boards.

CWU 93 @ Monterey Bay 87 @ 3pm

Congrats Wildcats on pulling out the win! Winning while having off days is great. Honestly, this isn’t the best look for our conference because instead of making us look superior to Monterey Bay with the CU-Portland and CWU victories, it makes all four teams look mediocre. San Bernardino beat Concordia-Portland by 13, but that’s not a blow out, CWU (and the GNAC as a whole) needed a blow out by both CSUSB and the Wildcats themselves.

Wildcat highlights: Naim Ladd was 6-7 from the line; Dom Hunter finished with an incredible 24 points and seven boards while hitting 11-11 from the line. Off the bench Marc Rodgers had 12 points and five fouls; while Fuquan Niles had five boards and nine points.

SFU 62 vs. Humboldt State 87

The result isn’t that surprising, we knew Humboldt was likely to be good, although we’re not sure this win actually quantifies that. HSU did what needed to be done and SFU allowed it to happen so it is what it is. No one in the GNAC is surprised, but at the same time it’s only one game -it doesn’t mean anything, SFU could still get hot and be legit this year. They may be chronically last, but the hope is what makes basketball fun.

Clan highlights: Graham Miller had five boards; JJ Pankratz made some noise with seven boards and 15 points; and off the bench Othniel Spence had six boards; while Hidde Vos had eight points.

SMU 86 vs. Point Loma 80

THE SAINTS ARE ALIVE!!!!!!!!! And won this game in OT and we are so, so, so, so, sooooo proud. Teamwork makes the dream work any way you slice it and the Saints played as a team, ONLY LOST THE REBOUNDING BATTLE BY THREE, and they got the victory. Again: So proud. Love you Saints!

Saint highlights: Cole Preston had 19 points and five boards while going 10-12 from the line; Jordan Kitchen had 11 boards and nine points; Rhett Baerlocher had seven boards and three steals; Tyler Copp had a full house including 22 points; Fred Jorg had FIVE FOULS. Off the bench Brandon Kenilvort had nine points.

Side note: While we’re frustrated that he didn’t grab one measly board, Fred Jorg’s five fouls make us so happy because he’s a broad 7’0/300lbs. Those fouls are bone rattlers, even if they’re incidental. He’s not puffy, his stomach is flat, he’s just a straight up mammoth of a man. We’re a little obsessed with his build because most footers are fat at 300lbs; he’s the rare one that’s not.

UAA 71 @ Hawaii Pacific 77

Oh dear. As noted above UAA is officially not hosting the regional, BUT that doesn’t mean HPU isn’t a very, very good team and thus UAA still very likely is a very, very good team. Just as it’s hard to play the Alaska schools in Alaska, it’s hard to play the Hawaii schools on the islands. It is what it is and the Seawolves fought valiantly.

Seawolf highlights: Diante Mitchell was 9-11 from the line, had five assists, and finished with 18 points; Spencer Svejcar had 10 points; Corey Hammell had 10 boards; and Connor Devine had 10 points and a full house. The bench was the silent killer -they’re like a platypus and in that didn’t do much.

SPU 88 vs. Hawaii-Hilo 80

We like a lot of the numbers but we’re not sure what to make of the win because Hilo tends to bounce around a lot in regard to conference standing from year to year. The fact that they only won by eight at home is something that concerns us, but at the same time it’s such a new team that any win and any experience they get is a positive.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had a double-double with 19 points and 12 boards; Sam Simpson had 10 boards; Joe Rasmussen had a great 19 points and six boards in the closest thing to post we’ve ever seen him play; and Olivier-Paul Betu had 13 points in a nice bounce-back game. Off the bench Tony Miller had 20 points, 10 boards, and five fouls.

UAF 66 @ Chaminade 80

Another quality loss for our conference, eh? If you can beat UAF, you must be really good.

Nanook highlights: Nahjee Matlock had seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, a block, a foul, points, and zero turnovers in notching a perfect Full House; LaDonavan Wilder had nine boards; Brandon Davis had 17 points; and Zach Pederson had 10 points. Off the bench Trent Molesworth had six points and six boards; while Michael Kluting had five points.

WWU 107 @ East Bay 81

Caaaaake walk, although we would’ve liked to have seen more defense. Why not play defense against a team that’s looking like it’s going to be pretty bad? Might as well. Oh well, whatever, scoring uber is fun too. Super proud of the Vikings for taking care of business.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 18 points and eight assists; Trey Dreschel had 11 points and six boards; Jeffrey Parker, as noted, had a whopping 32 points on 90% shooting, whoa! Off the bench Blake Fernandez had 10 points and five assists; Brad Wallace had 10 points while being 6-6 from the line; and Trevor Jasinsky had 12 points on elite shooting.

WOU 85 @ Fresno Pacific 54

Beautiful. Just as expected. Very proud of the Wolves, exactly what needed to be done, good numbers too, love the display of defense.

Wolf highlights: Akil Reese had 10 points; Bryan Berg had 10 points and five boards; Tanner Omlid had a full house including a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had 16 points; and Yannick Kulich had 12 points.


Overall a pretty good day and initial D2 weekend for GNAC basketball. Player-of-the-week nominations will be up at 10am tomorrow, with the announcement at 11.