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Player-of-the-Week is… Trey Drechsel!

Good Lord, finally. He was playing terribly to start off the season and we were beginning to think we were insane for what we expected out of him and then… He has games like these, and we’re no longer hypochondriacs regarding bulky rebound maniac basketball players.

Trey logged some insane numbers this week: 39 minutes a game, a 13.5 rebound average (10 & 17, respectively), and 26.5 points per game average (32 & 21), which is all insane. He also managed to pick up a mere two fouls in his 17 rebound performance and then while he had some issues with turnovers… We tend to forgive turnovers in blowouts because you start trying more interesting things with passing, and so they’re typically moot. Obviously in this case, they were 100% moot.

Congrats Trey on a great week and good luck with your finals!

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Player-of-the-Week Noms!

So many new people, so many variations in scheduling that… Forget it. Conference play it is, which is still going to get slightly wacky because of some of the pre-winter break vs. post winter-break games, but oh well. Cross that bridge when we come to it.

No generic platitudes this time, but here are the nominees:

UAF: Alex Baham
UAA: Jacob Lampkin
SFU: N/A —> Daulton Hommes of WWU
WWU: Trey Drechsel
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Luke Chavez
MSUB: Zack Rollins
CWU: Fuquan Niles
NNU: Obi Megwa
CU-PDX: Chris Edward
WOU: N/A —> Maurice Jones of NNU

Winner’ll be up in an hour.

Conference Game Day #2

Hoooo boy, big congrats to the Nighthawks on a great win.


SMU 67 @ NNU 92

FUN-DA-MEN-TALS *clap clap clapclapclap* were what propelled NNU to a great victory and SMU to a disappointing loss. Honestly we’re not particularly concerned about this loss from an SMU perspective; just get back on the horse and they’ll be fine. It is a really good win from an NNU perspective though, so that’s nice.

Saint highlights: Jordan Kitchen had 10 points; and Luke Chavez was kept fairly quiet with six boards. Off the bench Jared Matthews had eight points; BJ Standley had five points; and Tavian Henderson continues to make the case for sixth man with 10 points and five boards.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had a fantastic 31 points and five boards; Marko Lepovic had six boards; Jayden Bezzant had 12 points; and Maurice Jones was relatively contained with 13 points and nine boards. Off the bench Sam Roth had 10 boards and seven points.

Congrats to the Nighthawks on a fantastically played game. Keep grindin’!


SPU 84 @ CWU 83 in OT

Oh SPU… One of their assistant coaches not named George nor Kegan threw a fit over us being given stat sheets and we’re still wondering how it’s any of his business/why he cares so much about what an opposing school does with distribution of statistical information.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 boards; Sam Simpson had 10 points and seven boards; Tony Miller had 23 points; and Gavin Long had 17 points. Off the bench Harry Cavell had six points and five boards; and Nathan Streufert had five boards and a full house.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz continues to impress with six boards and five steals; Malik Montoya had 12 points and five boards; Jawan Stepney had five assists; and Fuquan Niles had nine points and nine blocks. Of the bench Sage Woodruff had 16 points; and Drake Rademacher was seriously impressive with 18 points and nine boards.

Don’t let the ‘W’ fool you -this SPU team is still a mess and the numbers reflect that. Congrats to Central on a hard fought game.


CU-PDX 60 @ SFU 68

Yup. Close all game. SFU finally put it away, but it was still not comfortable until the buzzer went off.

Cav highlights: Jace Cates had 10 points; and Christopher Edward had 20 points and a whopping 19 boards (WOW!!).

Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 21 points and seven boards; Michael Provenzano had six assists; JJ Pankratz had 27 points and 11 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Othniel Spence had seven points.

An interesting lack of numbers by the Cavs -we’re honestly shocked they were in it as long as they were, going off the stats. Jarrett Gray has been down for a couple of games, so either he’s out of sorts or teams have figured him out -maybe both. Regardless: Nicely done Clan!


WOU 58 @ WWU 85

Dat palindrome score. Pretty much was as we expected -Trey Drechsel went off and that was all she wrote. It was close for a bit, but for the most part the Vikings were in control the whole way. At half time we weren’t sure because WOU is so good at half time adjustments, but… Not a chance. Tanner Omlid was 100% contained -absolutely insane. Nicely done Viks!

Wolf highlights: Vince Boumann had 11 points; Ali Faruq-Bey had 16 points and six boards; and off the bench Dustin Triano had six points; Brandell Evans had seven points; and JJ Chirnside also had seven points.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had 21 points and seven boards; Deandre Dickson had a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards; and Daulton Hommes had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma had nine points; and Siann Rojas had eight points.

Way to go Vikings!!


MSUB 80 @ UAF 88

There we go. We’re pretty sure the GNAC Circle of Strength has been officially completed, but we’ll deal with that later.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had 10 points; Tyler Green had 18 points; Kamal Tall had 10 points and six boards; Zack Rollins ahd 19 points and six boards; and Sven Jeuschede had 10 points. Off the bench Zharon Richmond had seven points; and Daniel Shedden had six points.

Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 23 points, five boards, and a full house, along with being 7-8 from the line; Davis Kimball had 24 points; Joe Lendway had 11 points and seven boards; and Michael Kluting had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, along with five fouls. Off the bench Jalon McCullough had five ponts; Donny Wilder had seven boards, five assists, and a full house; and Tre Eisenhut had seven points.

Not bad numbers from MSUB in the slightest, so we consider it a well-fought loss, which is always good. UAF is a hard place to play. Congrats to UAF on their first quality-ish win.


Ridiculously fun night of basketball. This coming week is pretty dead while teams deal with finals, but things really resume a week from Tuesday, so a nice break and then jumping in fully. POW will be up tomorrow and we’ll go from there.

Previewing Tonight’s Games

Hooookay, here we go.

All times pacific.

SMU @ NNU @ 6pm

SMU just got a nice win over CWU, NNU just got a big win over SPU. Maurice Jones had a positively lights out game, and we’re not sure the Saints have a player to put on him to counter him. That said, there are definitive ways to neutralize him and we think Alex Pribble will be utilizing them.

Prediction: SMU wins. No idea on the margin.


SPU @ CWU @ 7pm

Rivalry game. SPU is reeling and spiraling downward at a rapid pace. This game could get really ugly if you’re a Falcon. We are and we feel legitimately hopeless.

Prediction: CWU wins because this SPU team has lost their identity.


CU-PDX @ SFU @ 7pm

We’re sooo excited for this game, it should be a really good match-up. CU-Portland is starting to be the team we were expecting when they bumped up, Simon Fraser is a lot better than normal this year, and that means they’re well matched. It should be nuts, so we’re excited to follow along with it.

Prediction: Pick ’em, but we lean toward SFU because of the home court advantage.


WOU @ WWU @ 7pm

“Go Western!” We have no idea who is going to win this game. Instinct says WOU because they’re so much more proven than the Viks, but the Viks are playing at home and while we seriously doubt their fans are aware of how big this game is, their players are. A lot of it will hinge on Trey Drechsel -the Vikings are a completely different team when he plays well.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


MSUB @ UAF @ 8:30pm

LOL. We’re excited about this game because MSUB needs to get back on track and UAF needs a win, but it’s really hard to play at UAF and yet UAF looks really bad, so… Who knows? We think ‘oh, MSUB has got this,’ and then we’re like ‘But UAF is hard to play at…’ If it’s close, UAF will win; if it’s a blowout, the blow-out will be by MSUB.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Tons of great games, can’t wait to see what happens!

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #1

Initially we were all ready to come and be like “Clearly we know nothing,” alas, our brain continues to work and analyze basketball pretty darn well.

We found out that NNU is now the Nighthawks. Most of their stuff still says Crusaders and they’re still using the same logo, so… D2-style rebrand. That’s okay. Still better than Dixie. We think they’ll stick with the ‘Nighthawks’ thing, so they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.


UAA 65 @ UAF 39

Woof. Roar. Both teams. Yikes. But someone had to win.

Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 10 points; Joe Lendway had nine boards; Michael Kluting had seven boards; Donny Wilder had five boards.

Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had 22 points and 10 boards; Josiah Wood had nine points; Maleke Haynes had five assists.

We were planning on going on the Alaska trip this year. Partly due to this game and partly due to the next game we’re about to write about, we think we’ll pass.


SPU 91 @ NNU 103

Don’t let the score fool you -the Falcons were never going to win this game. They went up nine, started strutting and stopped caring, and then NNU was like “HEYYY, WE STILL CARE,” and that demoralized the Falcons and… Again: SPU wasn’t coming back from that.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had five boards and five assists; Tony Miller had 22 points and five boards; Gavin Long had 15 points while being 7-7 from the line. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 11 points; Harry Cavell had 11 points; and Nathan Streufert had 10 points and five boards.

Nighthawk highlights: Khalil Thompson had 19 points; Obi Megwa had 18 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 10 points; Maurice Jones had 34 points on lights-out shooting, along with seven rebounds and rounds out the full house. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj had six points; and Spider Adetunji had 10 points and seven boards.

Congrats to the Crusaders on a good win! Falcons: Consider yourselves officially needing the auto-bid to make the tournament.


WOU 96 @ SFU 71

This game was scary, SFU was in it for a really long time. We were following along like ‘Wow! Clan, we’re going to look so dumb and we love it!’ nope, WOU is really good at second half adjustments.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 12 points, seven boards, and four assists; Darius Luborn went 5-5 from the line and had 19 points; Riley Hawken had 13 points and six boards. Off the bench Demetrius had 16 points; Dustin Triano had five points; and JJ Chirnside had 16 points and five boards.

Congrats to the Wolves on recommitting and getting a nice ‘W’ over a solid Clan team.


CU-PDX 72 @ WWU 99

The one game we were really wrong about, congrats to the Viks on a good win over a good Concordia team.

Cav highlights: Chris Edward had 21 points; Daniel Theisen had 10 points; and off the bench Bryan Michaels continues to ignite with 10 points; while Deandre Stallings had nine points.

Viking highlights: TREY DRECHSEL FINALLY HAD A GOOD GAME!!!!!! We’ve been waiting. 32 points and 17 boards; Logan Schilder had nine points and nine boards; Deandre Dickson had nine points; and DAULTON HOMMES had 19 points and a full house. Off the bench Brett Kingma had seven points; and Siaan Rojas had 11 points.

Congrats to the Viks on getting it done.


SMU 80 @ CWU 75

The Wildcats led for a really long time. This was another game when we were like “oh crap, we were so wrong,” but SMU ultimately pulled it out.

Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had 10 points and six boards; EJ Boyce had 10 points and five assists; Luke Chavez continues to impress, this time with 30 points on solid shooting. off the bench BJ Standley had another good game with eight points; and Tavian Henderson had eight points and five boards.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 21 points and five boards; Fuquan Niles had 12 points -quiet game for him; and off the bench Coleman Sparling had five boards and five fouls while going 6-6 from the line.

Congrats to both teams on a game well played!


MSUB 62 @ UAA 74

Yesss… If we remember correctly, UAA led the vast majority of the time -it wasn’t ever really close. Welcome back to reality MSUB; we still think you’re an okay team, just not the team your record implies.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham shot well and had 20 points and six assists; Kamal Tall had six boards; Zack Rollins had eight boards and 12 points; and off the bench Zharon Richmond had five boards and five points; while Daniel Shedden had eight points.

Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had 16 points and 12 boards; DJ Ursery had 14 points; Josiah Wood had nine points; and off the bench Brennan Rymer had five boards; and Jack Macdonald had six points.

Congrats to UAA on a 2-0 start to conference play!


Really, really fun first night of conference play! Congrats to all of the teams on a great effort. Some amazing games tomorrow -game previews will be up at 11am pacific.

Previewing Tonight’s Games!

Welcome to the first real day of conference play! Congrats to the Alaska schools on kicking us off correctly -you’ll get your summary tomorrow with the rest of the conference.

Now, let’s get down to business… To defeat… the huns! Er, Pac-West and CCAA, eh?

All times pacific.

SPU @ NNU @ 6pm

Not sure what we’re thinking about this game. SPU hasn’t looked as good as they usually do, NNU has looked a lot better than they usually do, NNU is a hard place to play, and yet… SPU is SPU.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SMU @ CWU @ 7pm

We’d say SMU should take care of business, because they’ve more than proven themselves in non-con while CWU hasn’t, and yet… CWU is another hard place to play, and their students likely need to blow off steam in anticipation of finals, and what better place to do that than a basketball game?

Prediction: SMU pulls out a close one.


WOU @ SFU @ 7pm

SFU is better than normal. WOU has an amazing team. The Wolves need to be sure to take the Clan seriously, but as long as they do that they’ll be fine.

Prediction: WOU blows out SFU.


CU-PDX @ WWU @ 7pm

We’re really curious about this game because Concordia was impressive in non-con, but we still know so little about WWU -WWU plays the bulk of their non-con in December. On the one hand Concordia is well tested, on the other hand WWU is WWU and this is their first conference game back in a re-modeled Carver after being at Whatcom CC the past two years.

Prediction: The Cavs scare the Vikings but don’t defeat them.


MSUB @ UAA @ 8:30pm

Welcome to MSUB’s first real test, and it’s honestly not much of one -the only true “Wow,” play we’ve seen from UAA is Jacob Lampkin, and yet… who has MSUB played? They’ve won, but the numbers have been terrible, and it’s hard to play at UAA.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Should be a good night, we’ll be following everything super closely although will be at the SPU/NNU game. Come say ‘hi’ – we’ll be in our usual spot.

Post Non-Con Bracketology + Previewing Bankorage.

We’re going to go ahead and do the UAF/UAA preview first to get it out of the way:

Anything can happen in a rivalry game and neither team has looked particularly impressive thus far, although Anchorage definitely more so than Fairbanks. We’re curious to see what Jacob Lampkin does against the Nooks, but that’s pretty much it.


Now, for the Bracketology:

Teams that we think have a legit shot at an at-large bid even if they lose several games during conference play:

CCAA

Cal State LA -they got killed by Cal Baptist, but it was on the road and they played non-con largely within the region with a solid mix of A-B-C teams.

UCSD -While they have three losses, those three losses come from Azusa Pacific, Cal Baptist, and Dixie State; all traditionally strong teams. They also have a win against WWU -another team that projects to be strong.

San Marcos -Solid non-con; only loss was a blowout against CU-Irvine, and they have wins against both Azusa Pacific and CU-Portland, both of whom project as middle-of-the-pack teams in their respective conferences. They’re honestly the epitome of a bubble team in regard to how non-con looks.

Pac-West

Cal Baptist -Only loss comes from a surprisingly good SMU team.

CU-Irvine -Only loss is to Seattle Pacific, has wins against San Marcos (A), Central Washington (B-), and Chico (B+).

Point Loma -They have wins against an SMU team that beat Cal Baptist, and a Simon Fraser team that doesn’t look as bad as it usually does. Their losses come from GNAC-leading WOU and a good UCSD team.

GNAC

Western Oregon -Our choice for now to host the regional; they got through a quality non-con schedule completely unscathed and then their formal travel partner upset Cal Baptist for them.

Saint Martin’s -Stellar non-con, only loss is to Point Loma, and they have a win over Cal Baptist. Love it.

Seattle Pacific -We’re not thrilled with how the Falcons have looked as of late, but the fact is: They have wins over CU-Irvine and Dixie State, one of their losses was on the road in 2OT, and then the other loss was D2 but non-west region on the road.

MSUB -isn’t on this list because while undefeated, they play the bulk of their non-con schedule in a few weeks.


Teams to keep an eye on despite a meh non-con:

CCAA

Cal Poly Pomona -Lost to Azusa Pacific, beat Dixie State, but both were home games and that was the entirety of their D2 non-con.

Chico State -Lost a close one on a neutral court to CU-Irvine, killed Biola and Dominican; this is a terrible non-con schedule, just saying.

San Fran State -Lost to CU-Portland on a neutral court, beat NNU in OT on the road, barely beat Academy of Art & Dominican. All four teams project to be B & C teams in their respective conferences, so while SFSU has an okay record right now, we’re not impressed.

Pac-West

Dixie State -They went through a positively brutal non-con, with losses coming via Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State LA, Western Oregon, and Seattle Pacific, and then their one win was against UCSD. Do they need to have a great regular season? Yes. Should they be able to do it? Absolutely. Dixie usually gets better as the year goes on, and again: they couldn’t have tested themselves any more in non-con.

Azusa Pacific -Another brutal non-con, and they have wins against UCSD, Cal Poly Pomona, and an SFU team that isn’t as bad as it normally is. Their losses come via WOU and San Marcos, so completely legitimate.

Chaminade -We want to see them win on the mainland. They barely beat Dominguez Hills, and while they beat the Alaska schools in Alaska, the Alaska schools are worse than normal this year.


Shockingly, we’re going to do the GNAC differently, because despite a meh non-con, almost every team is still in contention. Here are the teams that we think could only lose one or two games in conference, otherwise they’ll rely entirely on the auto-bid:

UAF -They barely played anyone and they only beat Hawaii Pacific.

UAA -Playing Holy Names is subtraction by addition. We get that they didn’t return anything, but they were projected to be wayyy better than they’ve proven thus far.

CWU -Played no one except CU-I and Hilo in non-con and they lost to CU-I at that. Sorry, but seriously two schools? Nope.

The good news for the three schools above is that CWU is a notoriously hard place to play, as are the Alaska schools, and then the conference tournament is hosted in Alaska. The bad news is that if everybody beats everybody and everyone ends up with four or five losses, they’re not going to deserve nor should they get the benefit of the doubt.


Is there quite a bit of the benefit of the doubt being given by teams that have proven themselves in the past, particularly in the Pac-West? Yes. But regeneration is much easier than starting from the bottom, and it’s such a big everybody’s-beaten-everbody-except-WOU that it’s what we’re going with. It’s awesome. It should be a really fun regular season.

And yes: the GNAC came out looking fantastic in non-con. Congrats in particular to CU-Portland, Northwest Nazarene, and Simon Fraser for still being in contention for at-large bids!

One question we’re now contemplating… If by February 1st it looks like neither Alaska school is going to make the conference tournament, is there any way we can send it back to Lacey instead? Just thinking out loud here.

Have fun, be safe, go GNAC!

Thanksgiving Weekend Hoops!

We didn’t preview yesterday’s games because we’re lazy and it was Thanksgiving. That said, let’s talk about yesterday’s games:

SFU 56 vs. Azusa Pacific 66 @ Point Loma

Lots of great numbers, SFU is looking pretty good this year! How awesome is that?!

Clan highlights: Kedar Salam had 16 points; Iziah Sherman-Newsome had five boards; Michael Provenzano had a great game with 24 points and perfect shooting from the line; JJ Pankratz had 10 boards; and off the bench Othniel Spence had five assists.

Not a victory, but definitely nothing bad. Super proud of you Clan!


SMU 77 vs. Academy of Art 67 @ Cal Baptist

Heck yes Saints! Continuing to get it done. We see those SOS points -thank-you!!

Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had six boards; Jordan Kitchen was kept quiet with only five boards; Rhett Baerlocher had nine points; Luke Chavez had 26 points and was a perfect 8-8 from the line. Off the bench Jared Matthews had six points and six boards; and Tavian Henderson continues to impress with nine boards, five assists, and eight points.

Congrats to the Saints on a good performance and good luck to Jordan in bouncing back against the Lancers today.


UCSD 81 @ WWU 73

Free throws. We were keeping a fairly close eye on this game, but it was one of those ones where it didn’t matter what happened in anything but the last two minutes because there was no way to project who would win until the final buzzer went off. We thought WWU would pull it out even in the final two minutes.

Viking highlights: Deandre Dickson continues to be the man, this time as a starter, scoring 23 points and eight rebounds including going 11-11 from the line; Trevor Jasinsky had nine points; and Daulton Hommes went 8-8 from the line. Off the bench Brad Wallace had five points.

Okay, yes it was a bad shooting game and yes the loss is upsetting, but Vikings -it really is a Quality Loss™, so… Thank-you?


CU-PDX 65 @ San Marcos 73

This is a game where we went “oh. It’s good we didn’t predict it because we expected Concordia to win.” San Marcos was really good when they were playing NAIA, but it hasn’t so far translated over to D2… Now it looks like it’s starting to, because we really believe in this Concordia team.

Cavs highlights: Jace Cates had 15 points; Cody Starr had nine points; Jarrett Gray had 15 points; Christopher Edward had 21 REBOUNDS, WHOAAAA and then 19 points; Taylor Harris had five boards; and then off the bench Bryan michaels had five boards.

Overall the shooting in this game was abominable; CU-PDX shot 39% from the field while San Marcos shot 41%, and it’s not like the defense was great -neither team had an obscene number of turnovers.


NNU 81 @ Metro State 74

It’s good we didn’t predict this game because we’re used to Metro State being good and now we see that they’re 0-5, so… Always do research, folks! That said, congrats to NNU on the win.

Crusader highlights: Jayden Bezzant had 20 points and seven boards; and Maurice Jones was contained with seven boards and 12 points. Off the bench Khalil Thompson had a good game with 13 points; Sam Roth had six points; Marko Lepovic had six points; and Olamilekan Adetunji had six points and four boards.

Congrats to NNU on another win!


WOU 76 vs. Holy Names 65 @ Notre Dame de Namur

This score is an example of what happens when you play down to your opponent; we were expecting a blow-out.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had a double double with 15 points and 10 boards to go along with a full house; Ali Faruq-Bey finallyhad a good game with nine points and five assists; Riley Hawken had eight points and seven boards; and JJ Chirnside had seven boards. Off the bench Janvier Alaby had seven points; Brandell Evans had seven points and six boards; and Vince Boumenn had 12 points on great shooting.

Good job Wolves? Sorry. We love you, but we knew you’d win, so we’re not super concerned about it.


SPU 79 vs. Dixie State 70 @ Westminster College (SLC)

The numbers aren’t up, but we can say that the first half was ugly, Nikhil Lizotte bailed the Falcons out by making his free throws, and the last four minutes of the game were seriously the longest four minutes of basketball we’ve ever watched; the last four minutes lasted like a half an hour, not even joking.


Game previews’ll be up at noon pacific.

POWs Non Con Week #1 + SMU/Hilo Preview

First player-of-the-week noms of the season! We know we keep saying stuff like that, but last year was so much fun that we truly have waited all year and then with the lack of pre-season ability because of no one returning anything -it’s hitting now and we’re so excited every time we get to sit down to look at basketball stuff.

UAF: LaDonavan Wilder -back in force!
UAA: Jacob Lampkin -into the GNAC by storm.
SFU: N/A —> Donated to Davis Kimble of UAF, another newbie making noise!
WWU: Logan Schilder -very classic center numbers, great field shooting, fantastic rebounding.
SPU: Tony Miller -Tony gonna Tony.
SMU: N/A —> Donated to Gavin Long of SPU.
MSUB: N/A —> Donated to Nathan Streufert of SPU; smart shot selection, ferocious rebounding.
CWU: Khalil Shabazz -two good games, yet another newbie!
NNU: DNP
CU-PDX: Cody Starr -Again, a newbie!
WOU: Darius Luborn & Riley Hawken -Another newbie and an old favorite that we’re SO glad to have back.

WOWWW, how exciting is this?! Transfers making NOISE. Literally half of the nominations went to incoming transfers; case-in-point why we leave a lot of spots for them on our all-conference teams. That said, don’t freak out too much vets; non-conference is great, but conference play is where our focus truly is, so you’re still good. Shout-outs also to Logan and Nathan, both of whom have been with us at least a year but had never been nominated for POW, so it’s also exciting to see familiar faces planting a stake.

 


The Hilo/SMU preview:

Trey Ingram vs. his old team! Woo-hoo! Aside from that, we’re curious because we think Alex Pribble used some gamesmanship in the FPU game because Matt Dahlen was seriously impressive in the Point Loma game, but barely played in the previous day’s game, so we’re excited to see him play more D2 and see what that does against this Hilo team that we have exactly zero read on. Regardless of anything else: the Saints need to up their rebounding. We get that a Ryan Looney coached team is always going to rebound well, but… 37 to 23 rebounding advantage, seriously? You’re better than that SMU.

Prediction: Pick ’em, although we’re tempted to pick SMU straight-up.


POW winner’ll be up at noon & we’ll actually be at the Hilo/SMU game, so come say ‘hi.’

Non Con Day 2!

Nutso November, welcome back; hope everyone had a great first weekend of D2 play.

Jumping right in…

MSUB 67 vs. Sonoma State 61 @ Cal State East Bay

Fun game. We have no idea what it means. Sonoma isn’t sure themselves if they’re supposed to be good, so… It’s a little complicated. MSUB struggled against NAIA Rocky Mountain and then beat Sonoma whom had just beaten Seattle Pacific, whom (spoiler) proceeded to beat East Bay far more convincingly than MSUB did. In other words: the Pioneer Challenge was fantastic from a basketball perspective, but unhelpful from a “how good are these teams?” perspective.

Yellowjacket highlights: Tyler Green had five boards; Kamal Tall had a good game with 16 points and eight boards in just 16 minutes; and Zack Rollins had seven boards. Off the bench Hafeez Abdul had six points; Zharon Richmond had eight points and five boards; and Daniel Shedden had eight boards.

Congrats to the Yellowjackets on a sweep for the weekend!


SPU 70 @ Cal State East Bay 59

The Falcons at one point led by 19. We expected them to win, but we also expected it to be closer. A little annoyed at the Falcons for letting East Bay creep back in, but oh well; all’s well that ends in a W.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had six boards; Nikhil Lizotte had 10 points; Tony Miller had 12 points and seven boards; Gavin Long had 12 points and five boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had six points; Hunter Eisenhower had 17 points; and Nathan Streufert had five points and eight boards.

The Falcons had 17 turnovers, but when you’re leading by 15 for a huge stretch of the game you tend to start doing stupid stuff, so… We won’t consider it concerning just yet, although East Bay did do a great job taking advantage of it, scoring 16 points off of the turnovers.


CSU Monterey Bay 67 vs. CWU 72 @ CU-PDX

Hallelujah Wildcats. A win against a CCAA team. Yay! Thank-you for getting it done. Monterey Bay tends to sit right in the middle of the CCAA so it should be a moderate add of SOS, which is really nice. We’re still not entirely sure what to make of this CWU team, but a W is a W.

Wildcat highlights: Marc Rodgers had 11 points and four steals; Jawan Stepney had 25 points; and Fuquan had seven boards. Off the bench Sage Woodruff had seven points; Cameron Williams had five boards; Karsten Chaplik had five boards; and Jerome Bryant had five points.

We’re curious about Fuquan -he only had two fouls, the largest lead CWU had was 12, so why didn’t he play more? We get that he had 3 turnovers, but… Fuquan is completely legit, so we’ll see. Hopefully no injury.


San Bernardino State 64 @ CU-PDX 65

HECK YES CU-PORTLAND, THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE. We’re not convinced San Bernardino is going to be particularly amazing, but this falls into the W is a W thing and Ws against the CCAA are very, very good regardless.

Cavalier highlights: Jace Cates had five assists; Cody Starr had 9 points; Jarrett Gray had 20 points and five boards; and Christopher Edward had an incredible double-double with 15 points and 15 boards. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had 10 points and seven boards; while Taylor Harris had five points and four boards.

Very excited about this result, two in a row for CU-Portland, keep grinding Cavs!


Point Loma 85 vs. SMU 77 @ WOU

Pretty much what we expected but we’re still ridiculously proud of the Saints. These are the losses you learn from, completely respectable score, the numbers are fine.

Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had 15 points; Rhett Baerlocher had 12 points; Luke Chavez had 20 points; and off the bench BJ Standley had 13 points; while Tavian Henderson had five boards and seven points.

Again: Saints, you’re looking somewhere between just fine and good, so we’re excited to write the preview about you taking on Hilo tonight -it’ll be up an hour after this post.


SFU 80 vs. Notre Dame de Namur 51 @ WWU

AAAAAH, GO CLAN!!!!! Now, ND de Namur is usually the Simon Fraser of their conference, so everything in moderation, but that means our chronic basement dweller > the Pac-West’s chronic basement dweller, and we’ll take it!

Clan highlights: Kedar Salam had 17 points; Michael Provenzano had seven assists; JJ Pankratz had a good game with 15 points and nine boards; and Tyrell Lewin had five boards. Off the bench Othniel Spence had 12 points; and Bowen Bakken had 11 points.

Again: Nicely done Clan, we’re proud of you, we’re excited about your sweep of the weekend, and continue getting it done!


UAF 97 vs. Hawaii Pacific 90 @ UAA

This is why we have to take all of when we’re right when we can. That said: we’re ridiculously happy that UAF won and so we’re happy to be wrong. Conference strength of schedule is everything to us, and this helps.

Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell had 13 points on good shooting; LaDonavan Wilder had 16 points, six boards, six assists, two steals, two blocks, and two fouls for a nice full house; Alex Baham had 20 points and five fouls; Davis Kimble had a double-double with 15 points and a whopping 11 assists with only ONE turnover -that’s amazing!; and Michael Kluting had five assists. Off the bench Jalon McCullough had five points; Zach Hatch had six points; Tre Eisenhut had eight points; and Joe Lendway had eight points.

Super balanced performance. We feel like it still doesn’t tell us a ton, but again: it adds to conference strength of schedule, so while we don’t know what it means in regard to what UAF does in conference, it does help everyone.


Hilo 80 @ WWU 76

AHAHAHA. We don’t even know what to say about this game except to be fair, while the Viking players played well and saw tons of minutes, their starters are still pretty darn young.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had five assists; Logan Schilder continues to get up to speed with 15 points and nine boards; Deandre Dickson had a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards; and Daulton Hommes had nine boards and 22 points among a full house. Off the bench Blake Fernandez had 11 points, five assists, and five fouls among a full house.

Alright Vikings, back in it. Growing pains but we still believe in you.


Fresno Pacific 67 @ Western Oregon 123

Ouch. Go Wolves!

Wolf highlights: Dustin Triano had 17 points; Tanner Omlid was back in it but not super required with 10 points, seven boars, and four assists in just 22 minutes; Darius Luborn had nine points; Riley Hawken was perfect from the field including 4-4 from three and finished with 14 points; and JJ Chirnside had nine boards and five assists. Off the bench Demetrius was BACK with 26 points on 8-9 shooting; Nick Nestell had six points; Janvier Alaby had 11 points; Brandell Evans had five points and five assists; Vince Boumann had 12 points on good shooting; and Buster Souza had five points.

Congrats to the Wolves on a, ahem, convincing win.


Chaminade 71 @ UAA 65

Interesting result. We’ll cross our fingers both schools are good. Both schools actually host D1 tournaments that they themselves compete in, so we won’t know much about either of them for a while, but it was clearly a hard fought game with some good numbers by both teams.

Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin continues to impress, getting another double-double with 16 points and 10 boards; DJ Ursery had 21 points and nine boards; Josiah Wood had five fouls; and off the bench Curtis Ryan had five boards.

Congrats to UAA on the rebounding margin -they actually out-rebounded Chaminade 41 to 28, which is amazing, with effort like that we’re sure you’ll get it done next game and many thereafter.


Nicely done GNAC, great first weekend of D2play; NNU we’re excited to see you play D2 games very soon.

POW noms & the preview of the Hilo/SMU game are up next.