BASKETBALL IS BAAAAACK!!!!! We’ve felt like posting stuff this week but didn’t feel like we had anything insightful to say and so we skipped it, but we have missed you all ❤ Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day. Our big plans… We shared a heart shaped pizza and watched the Bill Walton commentated Golden State/Portland game. It was amazing except for that whole Golden State losing thing, but oh well.
All times pacific.
SMU @ MSUB @ 4:15pm
SMU just won a close one against SPU, MSUB did the same against Simon Fraser. The Yellowjackets we believe technically aren’t out of the race for the conference tournament, while SMU is all but guaranteed a bid, so it could be a pretty energetic game. The Saints are going to need to be on their toes, but ultimately should be fine.
Prediction: SMU wins.
UAF @ SFU @ 5:15pm
UAF is coming off of a close loss to CWU, while SFU is coming off of a close loss to MSUB. Both teams should be super motivated and it should be a really good game. We love this UAF team and think they’re better than SFU, but that doesn’t mean they’re win. It’s pretty darn well matched and we look forward to following along.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
WOU @ NNU @ 6pm
Initially intrigued about this game. NNU gives teams problems at home, and while we don’t see WOU losing to the Nighthawks, we do see them being more uncomfortable than they often are. It should be good, they should eventually pull out the win, probably even convincingly, but at least the first half, if not part of the second half should be interesting.
Prediction: WOU wins.
CU-PDX @ CWU @ 7pm
Is this the game CU-Portland gets their win? Probably not, but it could be exciting all the same. CWU has a penchant for late-game theatrics, and we feel like they’re probably not going to take the Cavs as seriously as they should from the beginning, especially with the potential of a WOU upset looming on Saturday, so… Cavs need to take advantage of it, and CWU needs to nip it in the bud.
Prediction: CWU wins.
UAA @ WWU @ 7:30pm
This should be a pretty standard game for the Vikings. UAA is going to want to try and get the upset, but… It’s gonna be hard in Carver, the big thing in this game is also for the Vikings to not underestimate the Seawolves. The Seawolves have been playing cohesively as of late, if not the best numbers, and so WWU is going to need to focus on not playing down to the competition. As long as they do that, it’ll be fine, but if they don’t it could get dicey.
Prediction: WWU wins.
Should be a great night of hoops. We’ll be keeping a close eye on everything. Tweet at us!
Jumping right in…
SFU 64 @ WWU 86
Never close. WWU is done with messing around. Three losses in conference is three too many and they’re not in the mood to allow another one, good on you Vikings.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 12 points; Jordan Muir-Keung started and had 10 points and five boards; Kedar Salam had 23 points and five boards; Michael Provenzano had 10 points; and Tyrell Lewin had eight points.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had 13 points and nine boards; Logan Schilder had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards; Deandre Dickson had 15 points, seven boards, five assists, and five blocks -WOW!!; Trevor Jasinsky had 11 points and five boards; and Daulton had 15 points. Off the bench Brett Kingma had eight points; and Brad Wallace had 11 points.
Nicely done to the Vikings, good luck to the Clan on Saturday against the Yellowjackets.
MSUB 65 @ WWU 91
We apparently got the blues confused in our dream, because WWU rolled the entire time. Super proud of the Vikings!
Yellowjacket highlights: Hafeez Abdul had 18 points and seven boards; Zack Rollins had seven boards; and off the bench Tyler Green had 16 points.
Viking highlights: Trey Dreschel had 13 points, nine boards, and seven assists among a full house of stats; Deandre Dickson had 15 points and seven boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 23 points including going 6-6 from the line; and Daulton had a quiet game with a flawless full house including 13 points. Off the bench Brett Kingma had six points; and Siaan Rojas had 10 points.
Nicely done taking care of business, Viks; MSUB, good luck bouncing back at SFU. Oddly enough… We feel like the Jackets may have overlooked the Viks, counting it as an anticipated loss, meanwhile looking forward to what should be a competitive game in Burnaby.
SMU 71 @ CUPDX 58
Oh how little that score tells. Concordia game out to a RAGING start and mentally we were like ‘Seriously Saints? Don’t do this.’ And then it persisted until the half and we were like ‘Whoa, Concordia is maybe gonna get their ‘W’ they’re looking pretty good,’ and then of course: Halftime adjustments. SMU made them and made them well and… See score.
Saint highlights: Rhett Baerlocher had 17 points and nine boards; EJ Boyce had 13 points; and off the bench Jared Matthews had nine points and seven boards; Tavian Henderson had eight points, six boards, and four assists among other field stats; and Michael Painter had seven points.
Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had a good game with 18 points and six boards; Chris Edward had 10 points and seven boards; Taylor Harris had six boards; and off the bench Tyler Wells had five points.
Congrats to SMU on making great adjustments and getting the ‘W.’ Good luck to the Cavs against SPU on Saturday -we think this would be a great game for you to finally get an in-conference win.
SPU 81 @ WOU 95
The score is prototypical and while SPU led for a while, was it ever in doubt for WOU? In our mind no. Maybe the one thing that stood out to us about this game is that Tanner Omlid played 40 minutes, and that’s about the best compliment WOU can give any team.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 10 boards; Nathan Streufert had 17 points and eight boards; and Gavin Long had 11 points and five fouls. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 11 points; Nikhil Lizotte had 13 points; and Hunter Eisenhower had six points.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 16 points, six boards, and five assists; Tanner Omlid had 32 points, five boards, seven assists, five steals, and five blocks for a seriously impressive full house; Vince Boumann had 10 points and six boards; ALI HAD A SUPER GREAT GAME including being 12-12 from the line and finishing with 25 points; and Riley Hawken had eight points and six boards.
Interesting numbers put up by the Wolves. We’re now really curious to see what they do against SMU on Saturday. SPU is doing more with less, SMU is doing less with more, and the back-to-back makes for a great dichotomy.
CWU 79 @ UAF 76
Another one of those games where we were like “oh, CWU is gonna win this without issue,” and then UAF turned up the teamwork and then they got a big lead and we were like “okay, halftime adjustments, go Nooks?” and then it was a battle. Two really fun teams to watch.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had a great game with 26 points and nine boards; Malik Montoya had six boards; Jawan Stepney had five boards; and Fuquan Niles had nine points, five boards, and five blocks. Off the bench NAIM LADD had six points (we’re just happy to see him appear at all, finally); Sage Woodruff had 15 points; and Cameron Williams had four boards.
Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 17 points and five boards; Joe Lendway had nine points; Michael Kluting had 14 boards; and off the bench Amenofis Mitchell had 11 points on perfect shooting.
Congrats to both teams on a hard game well fought.
NNU 48 @ UAA 59
So excited for Anchorage! This game was never in doubt and they came out swinging. They’re gelling at the right time as they push to try and make the conference tournament in a year when its being hosted at home.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 20 points; Maurice Jones had 10 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Marko Lepovic had six boards; and Felix White had five.
Seawolf highlights: DJ Ursury had seven boards; Josiah Wood started and had seven assists; Brian Pearson had 10 points seven boards, and a smattering of other stats for both the full house and the double-double. Off the bench Malik Clements had nine points and five boards; Jack Macdonald had nine points; and Eric Jenkins had five boards.
The Nighthawks’ll have a great chance to bounce back against the Nooks, and the Seawolves will have a great chance to keep it going against the Wildcats. We love this particular match-up of pairings because they do match-up so well and so Saturday should be a fun day.
Fun night of hoops. Game previews’ll be up tomorrow in the AM.
Yup, we’re still doing it, just being a little bit lazy. Doldrums of the college season + NBA trade deadline chaos = lack of productivity.
That said… Let’s preview some GNAC basketball! Woo-hoo!
All times pacific.
MSUB @ WWU @ 7pm
We had a dream that MSUB blew out WWU. We have no idea how accurate the dream was, but… if it happens, we’ll be shocked. On the one hand we’re like “well, it could happen,” but on the other hand we’re like “seriously!? That’s not happening.” But just incase…
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SMU @ CU-PDX @ 7:30pm
SMU should take care of business. Concordia is still looking to get a win. We think their odds are better against SPU than against SMU. SMU just needs to remember to take this game seriously, because the thing about Concordia is they have talented players, they just can’t seem to make those players work well together.
Prediction: SMU wins.
SPU @ WOU @ 7:30pm
You know that scene in The Princess Bride where they’re sitting there with the poisoned drinks and Vizzini is logic-ing himself in a circle? That’s how we feel about this game. SPU can’t win at WOU. Doesn’t matter how bad the Wolves are or how good the Falcons are, it’s just one of those quirks. And now the Wolves have the best coach and the best player in the conference (with admittedly mediocrity aside from that) but SPU is still arguably the most talented team, and so… You get a circle that also goes “But SPU can’t win, this isn’t the year they’ll do it, maybe next year, but not this year,” “But you need to expect the unexpected.” And so we feel like an idiot with what we’re about to write, but… WWU beat UAF at UAF, and thus:
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CWU @ UAF @ 8pm
This should be interesting because CWU has more talent but UAF has shown some really good teamwork. Mix that with the Nooks home court advantage and literally no result would surprise us. CWU could win big, UAF could win big; UAF could win close, CWU could win close. There’s just no telling.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
NNU @ UAA @ 8pm
Another super interesting game because UAA has been gaining ground and we’re super pleased with the Seawolves development throughout the season, while NNU if anything has regressed throughout the season. Admittedly NNU’s regression this year is still better than they’ve ever really been consistently in years past, so it makes games consistently interesting. We think the game’ll probably be close, but have no inclination as to who gets out of it with the ‘W.’
Prediction: Pick ’em.
We’re excited. Should be a good night of hoops. Tweet at us!
Teams actually did what they were supposed to?! Color us shocked, and let’s talk about it!
UAF 60 @ SPU 87
It was close throughout the first half and then in the second half SPU put it away. We honestly don’t know what to make of it, other than it epitomizes the idea that SPU is still second in the conference as it comes to talent. SPU has the talent to blow-out literally everyone except the Westerns, and with WWU it’s a matter of them actually being more talented, and with WOU it’s the mix of Tanner Omlid’s abilities and Jim Shaw’s brain. That said: the Nooks still put up some really good numbers, so we are excited about that.
Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 19 points; Davis Kimble had 12 points; and Michael Kluting had eight points and five boards. Off the bench Amenofis had nine points; and Daulton Lootens had six points and six boards.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 points and five boards; Harry Cavell had 20 points and six boards; Gabe Colosimo had nine points; Nathan Streufert had 14 points and nine boards; and Gavin Long had 16 points. Off the bench Hunter Eisenhower had six points.
We still believe in you Nooks, and congrats to the Falcons on your 27 point victory.
UAA 67 @ SMU 79
Never particularly in doubt; SMU led the whole time, which makes sense because they’re a good team and UAA still has no identity, but… Who knows? We still feel 50/50 on our understanding of the Seawolves, but we’re guessing they feel that way about themselves, so it’s all good. Nicely done Saints!
Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements had nine points; and Curtis Ryan had seven points and six boards. Off the bench Kylan Osborne had seven points; DJ Ursury had 10 boards and went 5-5 from the line; Drew Peterson had 11 points; and Brian Pearson had 10 points and six boards.
Saint highlights: Luke Chavez continues his slump with eight points; Matt Dahlen was perfect from the field and finished with 17 points and seven boards; Jordan Kitchen had nine boards; Rhett Baerhlocher had a perfect full house including 13 points; EJ Boyce had 15 points; and off the bench BJ Standley had seven points and four boards.
All we can say about that is… Finally there’s an EJ in the conference that doesn’t disappoint us. Great job Boyce!
CU-PDX 79 @ MSUB 80
So close and yet so far! Concordia actually was really in it at the end. MSUB was leading by like seven with less than a minute left and we were like “oh, alright, this is over,” nope. It technically was, but Concordia kept fighting until the buzzer sounded -we respect that a lot.
Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had six boards and six assists; Bryan Michaels had 17 points; Chris Edward had 17 points and 11 boards among a full house; and off the bench Cody Starr was on fire and finished with 18 points and five assists on perfect shooting including being 4-4 from three.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Tereshima had seven boards, eight assists, and eight points among a full house; KENDALL DENHAM ACTUALLY FUNCTIONED!!!!!!!!!!! and had 23 points on actual okay shooting!!!!!!!!! and Hafeez Abdul had 11 points and 10 boards for the double-double.
Wow those numbers are 50/50. Curious because Concordia did everything right, MSUB was 50/50 and yet the Yellowjackets still pulled it out despite shooting 63% from the line. Hmmm… Looking forward to continuing to observe. Concordia will get their win at some point.
WWU 95 @ NNU 84
And the losing streak has come to an end. Valiant effort by the Nighthawks, none-the-less. The game was super back and forth until the Viks were able to break it open at the very end. Completely respectable, exactly what you expect out of good teams. Nicely done to both.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had a monster game, finishing with 25 points and nine boards and going 8-8 from the line; Deandre Dickson was insane and finished with 19 points and eight boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 12 points; Daulton had a fantastic 29 points; and off the bench Siaan Rojas had five points and four boards among a full house of stats.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 22 points and five boards; Sam Roth continues to be on fire and had 16 points on 7-8 shooting; Jayden Bezzant had 11 points; MAURICE JONES had 26 points and five boards, there he goes; and Marko Lepovic had four boards off the bench.
Great game, still super excited for the Nighthawks because this this a QualityLoss™ and then happy for the Vikings to be back on track.
SFU 67 @ CWU 81
Really interesting and tight first half and then in the second half the Wildcats pretty much immediately jumped up and then never relinquished it. Super pleased with the play of the Wildcats, really making great adjustments and obviously getting guys back helps, but we like the combination of athleticism and fundamentals that have started to display and their record is showing it. Beating the teams they’re supposed to beat and then getting upsets too. Curious for them to play WOU.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence was 5-6 from the line; Kedar Salam had 21 points and five fouls; Michael Provenzano was lights out and shot 5-6 from the field and finished with 10 points; Tyrell Lewin had a good game with 11 rebounds and nine points; and off the bench Jordan Muir-Keung had six points.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had six boards; Jawan Stepney had five assists; Jerome Bryant had 10 points and five boards; and Fuquan was kept fairly quiet with a mere 12 points. Off the bench Sage Woodruff had 11 points; and Cameron Williams had five points and four boards.
We’re beginning to think Coleman Sparling only started so his dad could avoid anyone else getting thrown under the bus if they lost, and honestly: We’re not displeased with his play from that time period at all, nor his lack of minutes now. He plays prototypical ‘coach’s son’ style basketball, which while as a frosh won’t win you a game, it also won’t lose you one. Verrrry interesting. Congrats on the ‘W’ Wildcats. To the Clan: Rivalry week. Get that ‘W’ against WWU.
Fun night of basketball. Because of minutes distributions we’re dealing with POW a little bit differently, but we are going to go through and update it from each week. We’ll update the chart soon.
And the phrase of the day is… ‘Halftime adjustments.’
CU-PDX 72 @ WOU 86
Pretty typical game. Concordia had some guys turn in a couple of monster performances and then absolutely nothing else, but we’re not concerned nor judgmental because seriously: it’s WOU.
Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had a good game with 12 points and five steals; and Chris Edward was on fire, going 13/15 from the field and 7/8 from the line and finishing with 33 points and eight boards.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 13 points and five assists; Vince Boumann had nine points and six boards; and Ali had 13 points; and Riley Hawken had 12 points. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had 14 points; Dustin Triano had nine points while being 3-3 from downtown; and JJ Chirnside had five points.
Good job to both teams on a game well-fought. To the Cavs: with the numbers you put up it looks like you should have lost by 35+ and yet it was only 14 and you out-rebounded them by five -progress, moral victories, yay.
WOU 71 @ MSUB 60
The score looks good in terms of what we projected… The game was nothing of the sort. WOU was slowly working their way up and then MSUB went on a HUUUUGE run and led by 10 or so. Then halftime happened and Jim Shaw Jim Shaw’d and while MSUB would bring it close again, ultimately the Wolves put the Yellowjackets away. Really good test for the Wolves, we’re super happy about it. We think even if they pick up another loss they’ll still host the Regional, but… Bend but don’t break. We’d rather have them fairly tested coming into post-season.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan has five boards and 10 points; Tanner Omlid had 14 points and seven boards; Vince Boumann had nine points and seven boards; Ali had six boards; and Riley Hawken had 14 points. Off the bench Demetrius had 10 points and Brandell Evans had six points.
Jacket highlights: Kendall Denham had 10 points; Hafeez Abdul had six boards; Zharon Richmond had five assists; and off the bench Tyler Green had 14 points; while Sven Jeuschede had five points.
Congrats to the Yellowjackets on putting up a good fight and great job to the Wolves for overcoming adversity.
SFU 69 @ NNU 82
For the most part this game was never a contest. NNU was largely in control the entire time and while SFU got it close there for a while, we had full faith that the Crusaders would walk it back up again. We honestly can’t figure out why they have such a good home nest advantage, because honestly the game experience is very middle-of-the-pack, but they do and we respect it.
Clan highlights: Kedar Salam shot well from beyond the arc, making 6-9 threes and going 4-4 from the line; Michael Provenzano had five boards and five assists; JJ Pankratz had 10 boards and a full house; Tyrell Lewin had seven boards; and off the bench Jordan Muir-Keung had nine points.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Mewa had 10 points; Sam Roth was on fire and had 12 points; Jayden Bezzant had 16 points; Spider had seven boards; and Maurice Jones had a flawless full house among 11 boards and 17 points for the double-double. Off the bench Khalil Thompson had 12 points; Nikola Prvulj had five pionts; Marko Lepovic had four boards; and Felix White had six points and five boards.
Really like the numbers from the Nighthawks -nicely done men. Good effort as well from SFU.
UAF 59 @ SMU 80
SMU jump attacked the Nooks and early we were like “wow, we are going to be so wrong on this one,” alas the Nooks made a valiant effort at battling back, but then… HALF TIME ADJUSTMENTS. Nicely done Saints, this was a good redemption win to get.
Nook highlights: Davis Kimble had six boards and 14 points; Michael Kluting had 10 points; and off the bench Daulton Lootens had eight points; while Joe Lendway had 12 points.
Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had a full house among seven boards and seven blocks (wow!!); Jordan Kitchen had 13 points; Rhett Baerlocher had nine points and six boards; and EJ Boyce had 17 points. Off the bench Caden Smith had six points; Tavian Henderson had seven boards and 13 points; and Cameron Chatwin had five points.
Nicely done to the Saints on the win, and to the Nooks: Relax. You’ll beat SPU on Saturday. It’ll be fine.
UAA 67 @ SPU 62
Another game earlier we were like “oh goodness, the Falcons are going to blow out the Seawolves because of course,” but noooope. We know this conference. SPU had a lead of 14 and then blew it. Congrats Seawolves on taking advantage of it!
Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements was AMAZING and scored 18 points; Josiah Wood started and scored nine points and grabbed six boards along with a full house; and off the bench DJ Ursury had 12 points and eight boards on good shooting.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had nine points and six boards; Gabe Colosimo had five boards; Nathan Streufert had a MASSIVE GAME with 18 points and seventeen boards; and Gavin Long had five fouls. Off the bench Nikhil Lizotte had six points; and Hunter Eisenhower had six points.
Interesting game. Congrats to the Seawolves on the win!
WWU 81 @ CWU 92
This game was straight up weird, because even if CWU had ended up winning, we didn’t think it would be a blow-out, and we thought WWU would have at least had control for a bit, but… They were never in control. Ever. And it was amazing in a sense because CWU turns up the gas in the last two minutes like no team we’ve ever seen and it’s amazing when the game is close and/or they’re down by a bit, but… They still managed to harness that same urgency and clutchness while up comfortably, and it was incredible.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had nine boards and 19 points while being a perfect 7-7 from the line; Deandre Dickson had five boards; and Daulton Hommes had 22 points. Off the bench Tyler Payne had six points; Brad Wallace had four boards; and Siaan Rojas had 17 points and six boards.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz 24 points, six boards, five steals, and four assists -WOW!!; Malik Montoya had nine points, 10 assists, and five fouls; Jawan Stepney had 21 points and five assists among a full house; Jerome Bryant had 11 points while being great from the line; and Fuquan Niles had 13 points and seven boards. off the bench Sage Woodruff had seven points; and Coleman Sparling had seven points.
Ridiculously proud of the Wildcats for pulling out the ‘W.’ A little disappointed in the Vikings, just because so many of these lines are so suspect, although honestly… We’re not that surprised about the bad lines; we are surprised about the three losses in a row, because usually the Vikings win despite bad numbers.
Differently exciting than we were expecting, but 100% great all the same. Congrats to all of the guys on playing hard, and… Tomorrow is another game day! Be safe, have fun, go GNAC.
WHAAAAAT? That was an exciting day and night of basketball. Our conference is the best!
SPU 92 @ WWU 88
Honestly this is a pretty typical game between these two teams. It was back and forth the whole time and a fun game to watch and you truly didn’t know who was going to win until the final buzzer sounded. Congrats to both teams on a hard fought game.
Falcon highlights:Coleman Wooten had 12 points and seven boards; Harry Cavell started and had 10 points and five boards; Gabe Colosimo had 21 points; Nathan Streufert had 15 points and six boards; and Gavin Long had 12 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 14 points while going 5-5 from the line; and Nikhil Lizotte had five points.
Viking highlights: Trey Drecshel did bounce back with a 15 point and seven rebound performance; Deandre Dickson had a fantastic 25 points on great shooting from the field and the line, along with nine boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 14 points, five fouls, and a full house; Daulton had 14 points, five boards, and a full house as well; and off the bench Siaan Rojas was seriously impressive with 16 points and four boards.
Really fun game. Proud of all of the guys for fighting ridiculously hard.
WOU 72 @ UAA 62
That score doesn’t quite tell the whole picture. WOU was dominating, Anchorage worked their way back and things got a little dicey, but then as good teams do: WOU found a way to put the game away. Nicely done to the Wolves on what felt like a come-from-behind experience.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 22 points, seven boards, and a full house; Ali had 12 points; Riley Hawken had nine points and seven boards; JJ Chirnside made his debut in the starting line up; and off the bench Vince Boumann had nine points, eight boards, and six assists.
Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements had 14 points; DJ Ursery had a “quiet” game with 10 points, five boards, and a full house; Drew Peterson had 15 points; Brian Pearson had 10 points; and off the bench Brennan Rymer had five assists.
Really proud of the Seawolves -we see you guys making progress!! Congrats to the Wolves on their victory.
SMU 85 @ SFU 63
We’re tempted to just say it was a blow-out the whole time because SFU stopped updating their stats mid-game and so we have no idea what went on, but… Reality: SMU was up by a lot, allowed the Clan to come back in it and tie it up at the half, and then Alex Pribble clearly said some magic words at halftime and the Saints blew the Clan out right properly.
Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 20 points; Matt Dahlen had nine points; Jordan Kitchen had 10 points and eight boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 11 points and seven boards; and EJ Boyce finished with 18 points. Off the bench Jared Matthews had 10 points; and BJ Standley had seven boards.
Clan highlights: Kedar Salam had 12 points and six boards; Michael Provenzano had 11 points; Tyrell Lewin had 13 points and seven boards; and off the bench Othniel Spence had 12 points; while Jordan Muir-Keung had nine points and six boards among a flawless full house.
Nicely done to the Clan for walking it back up and good job to SMU for finding the motivation and putting it away once again.
MSUB 73 @ CWU 77
THIS WAS SUCH A FUN GAME. CWU looked like they were going to blow out the Jackets early and then the Jackets were like ‘Heck no,” and got back in it, and then CWU was like “Um yeah, we are,” but MSUB was like “NO YOU’RE NOT,” and then the final score happened.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Tereshim had 24 points; Zharon Richmond had 11 points and five boards among a full house of stats; and Zack Rollins had eight boards. Off the bench Hafeez Abdul had six points and four boards; Tyler Green had seven points; and Jordan Perry had nine points and five boards.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 20 points, five boards, and six assists; Malik Montoya had five boards; Jawan Stepney had 15 points and five boards; and Fuquan Niles had 11 points and nine boards. Off the bench Sage Woodruff continues to impress with 13 points and five fouls; and Coleman Sparling had nine points.
Congrats to both teams a hard fought battle.
CUPDX 62 @ UAF 63
This game was insane but ugly. It was back and forth and then it looked like UAF was going to finally get settled in, but they couldn’t; Concordia was on them the whole time. We should have made it a ‘pick ’em’ but oh well; we maintain the right team won, and CU-PDX will have another chance to break their losing streak against MSUB this week.
Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had 19 points and six boards; Chris Edward had a good game with 11 points and 11 boards; Taylor Harris had six boards; and off the bench Cody Starr had nine points and four assists.
Nook highlights: Donny Wilder was back in the starting line-up had had 13 points and 11 boards for the double-double; Tre Eisenhut had eight points; and Michael Kluting had 13 boards. Off the bench Amenofis had five points; Davis Kimble had four boards; and Joe Lendway had 11 points.
Congrats to UAF on continuing the push to make the conference tournament and good luck to the Cavs against both WOU and more importantly MSUB.
Fun night of basketball.
UAF and SFU keep falling down on the job in regard to live stats and it’s really bugging us because we follow those stats religiously. YOUR SCHOOL’S LIVE STATS MATTER. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think anyone is following along, we always are, and we’re rather dedicated, so please: Update the darn stats promptly and consistently.
Good luck to all in the coming week.
Is it weird that we dream about figuring out what time games actually are? We had a dream UAF listed a game as being at 9:20, but we were in Fairbanks and mentally going “that’s so late! Why would they play a game that late? Is that pacific time in reality? Is that mountain time? Or is it actually Alaska time?” It was actually Alaska time and it still was late. Fun stuff.
All times pacific.
SPU @ WWU @ 3pm
On the one hand we’re like ‘oooh, intrigue!’ and it’s on Root Sports, which is very exciting, but… Will the game be very exciting? Potentially. Rivalry game. Tons of the guys played AAU together. Even without Tony Miller, we still think SPU has a really solid chance, but… There’s just no telling how this game’ll go. WWU could spend the entire time blowing out the Falcons, it could be close and SPU could win, it could be close and WWU could win, or SPU could even win comfortably. There’s just no telling.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
WOU @ UAA @ 6:15pm
Wolves vs. Seawolves. Another game that WOU needs to stay on their toes for. Yes Anchorage is worse than normal, but they’re used to being good and they play in that fancy arena to remind them that they are the pro sport of Anchorage (aside from the Seawolf hockey team) and so how cool would it be if they could upset the probable #1 seed in the West Region? Answer: Very cool for them, very irritating for us, so stay on it Wolves.
Prediction: WOU wins.
MSUB @ CWU @ 7pm
The Wildcats should win it. MSUB is on a bit of a losing streak, so they will want to come back from that, but… We haven’t been impressed with the Yellowjackets. The guys we expected to come out strong this year haven’t, and the two teams they beat to start off the year (Sonoma and East Bay) have been definitively not good, so our suspicion that their non-con didn’t mean much has proven correct thus far. Second half of conference play though, brand new Yellowjacket team? We’ll see.
Prediction: CWU wins.
SMU @ SFU @ 7pm
SMU is coming off of a fantastic win against the Vikings and the big thing for them is going to be staying on the gas and not having a let down game. The Saints are completely capable of losing this game, but… Hopefully they won’t. Is SFU capable of winning? Yes. Will they? Probably not.
Prediction: SMU wins.
CU-PDX @ UAF @ 8:30pm
We’re curious about this game. This is another game that could be a great opportunity for Concordia to get a win, and yet… UAF just got blown out by WOU, which is completely respectable, WOU is a super good team, but the Nooks are still going to want to get back on the right track and this Cavalier team should be a great way to do that.
Prediction: UAF wins.
Should be a fun day and night of games. We’ll be keeping an eye on all of it. Tweet at us!
AND WWU GOES DOWN!!!!!!!!!! Big congrats to SMU -we knew you could do it, we were literally wearing an SMU tee shirt yesterday because we believed in you guys so much.
Lots of fun games, really great night of basketball, so let’s talk about it!
CWU 99 @ NNU 89
Had we discussed this game beforehand it would have been a pick ’em and it honestly wasn’t; CWU was in control the whole time. A couple of guys went off and Khalil Shabazz was bumped to the bench but killed it, and so… We’ll be curious to see what the Wildcats do on Saturday. That said: it’s not who starts the game, but who finishes it.
Wildcat highlights: Jawan Stepney had 12 points; Jerome Bryant had five fouls; and Fuquan had yet another quiet game grabbing just seven boards. Off the bench was where the party truly started: Khalil had 21 points and six boards on great shooting; Sage Woodruff had 26 points; and Karsten Chaplik actually did something, scoring 12 points!
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 17 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 23 points and a full house on good shooting including being 6-6 from the line; and Maurice Jones had a solid game iwth 18 points and five boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj had eight points and five fouls; and Spider had 11 points and eight boards.
Not a bad game from NNU, but they were never in it, and… This is an underrated rivalry. A lot of the travel partner “rivalries” in the GNAC are forced; this one is one of them, with NNU’s actual rival being College of Idaho & CWU’s rival obviously being WWU, and yet… The Cenazar rivalry is growing. Usually we base it on “chaos that can possibly happen” this was an oddly chaotic result because on paper they’re very well matched and yet CWU has dominated NNU this year. Fun stuff.
MSUB 76 @ NNU 86
MSUB would get back with in a possession and then NNU would pour on the gas and go up by a lot again. The score is pretty accurate; we were never concerned that NNU would lose, but we were questioning why we thought MSUB could possibly win. Go figure. We love and believe in every team, even when we shouldn’t? Probably. But usually we’re still pretty good about living in reality.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had five boards; Zack Rollins had 27 points and five fouls; off the bench Kobe Tereshima had 10 points on good free throw shooting; Zharon Richmond had 14 points and four blocks; and Daniel Shedden had five points.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa continues his steadfast reliability with 13 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant started and had 20 points; Spider also started and had 11 boards; MAURICE JONES!!!!!!!!!! Still not as good of shooting as we’d prefer, but he did have a great game for anyone else, finishing with 22 points and fifteen boards among a full house; and off the bench Khalil Thompson had 12 points.
Congrats to the Nighthawks on a great performance -starting to turn up the heat at the right time; good luck to the Yellowjackets on bouncing back against the Wildcats.
CU-PDX 57 @ UAA 62
This was kind of a wacky game. Part of us in hindsight is like ‘we should have just straight-up predicted UAA to win’ because it was completely expected and at one point they led by 10 or so, but… The pace was a little odd. Much as we’re like “WE DON’T KNOW YOU!” about UAA, their response is “WE DON’T KNOW OURSELVES EITHER!” so it is what it is.
Cavalier highlights: Jarrett Gray had a good game with 13 points, six boards, and seven assists; Bryan Michaels had 15 points on solid shooting; Chris Edward had 12 points and nine boards; Taylor Harris had nine points; and off the bench Tyler Wells had four assists.
Seawolf highlights: DJ Ursery was on fire and finished wtih 20 points and six boards among a full house of stats; Jack Macdonald had eight points; nad off the bench Curtis Ryan had six points and six boards; while Josiah Wood had seven boards.
Concordia… Another game they had 4/4 players functioning and yet still couldn’t get the ‘W.’ And honestly: UAA’s numbers were terrible. So congrats to the Seawolves on the win.
SPU 80 @ SFU 81
We really should have made this game a pick ’em, but the fact is: SPU has zero excuse for losing. Yes, we get it: they’re down two starters, boo-frickety-hoo, it was one point and they still have a talent advantage over SFU even without those two starters. They should have won both games easily and yet they didn’t.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 13 points; Nikhil Lizotte had nine points; Nathan Streufert had a whopping 16 boards; and Gavin Long had 26 points and seven boards
Clan highlights: Kedar Salam went off with 35 points; Iziah Shermen-Newsome had six boards; Michael Provenzano had nine points; and Tyrell Lewin had five boards. Off the bench Othniel Spence had 12 points and a full house; while Jordan Muir-Keung had five points. Congrats to Alex Vranjes on logging 5 trillion; rarely do you see it go beyond three, so that’s impressive.
Congrats to the Clan on a nice pull-together win against a talented SPU team.
SMU 94 @ WWU 82
WE’RE SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! Not because we don’t love the Vikings, but because we also love the Saints a TON and we knew and wholeheartedly believed they could do it. Now, remember: ‘can’ and ‘will’ are two very different things and we also maintain that the Vikings are capable of blowing-out the Saints; they just didn’t. Another situation where WWU definitively has the talent advantage, and yet SMU got hot and worked together and got the win in Carver. And they got the win emphatically. We love it so much.
Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 23 points and seven boards; Matt Dahlen actually functioned as anticipated when he came into the program, finishing with 18 points, eight boards, six assists, among a full house of stats; Jordan Kitchen was on fire and finished with 11 points; Rhett Baerlocher had eight boards and five fouls; and EJ Boyce had six boards. Off the bench Jared Matthews had 13 points and four boards; BJ Standley had eight points; and Tavian Henderson had 12 points.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel did in fact bounce back with 22 points and five boards; Logan Schilder had nine points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had nine points and five fouls; and Daulton had a bit of a quiet night, finishing with a mere 13 points. Off the bench Brad Wallace lit up the team of his home residence, dropping 12 points and a smattering of field stats on great shooting; and Siaan Rojas had 11 points.
Great game from the Saints, but honestly not a bad game from the Vikings. On the bright side… The Vikings should now beat the pants off of SPU, we’re stoked to watch Daulton and hopefully Brett Kingma go off, and even if the the Falcons do manage to win they won’t have “streak-breaking” bragging rights.
WOU 81 @ UAF 54
Oh thank goodness, congrats to the Wolves on not overlooking the Nooks. What you’d be overlooking them to, we’re not entirely sure because UAA isn’t as good as they normally are this year… Maybe you’d be overlooking the Nooks to the next day’s practice? Hmmm.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 11 points; Tanner Omlid had eight points; Vince Boumann had 16 points and seven boards; and Riley Hawken had eight points and seven boards. Off the bench Dustin Triano had 13 points; and JJ Chirnside had seven points.
Nook highlights: Joe Lendway had 18 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Michael Kluting had 14 points and seven boards; and off the bench Jalon McCullough had six points.
Okay, this is admittedly a little bit hysterical because both teams put up completely pedestrian numbers and yet… WOU’s pedestrian numbers > UAF’s pedestrian numbers.
Fun night of basketball. We’re excited for Saturday’s games. Congrats to all on a great first night of the second half of conference play!
Welcome to the second half of conference play! Lots of fun match-ups tonight, so let’s jump right in.
All times pacific.
MSUB @ NNU @ 6pm
We’re really looking forward to this game. Both teams are going to be looking to bounce back and we feel that they’re fairly well matched. Maurice Jones has been quiet as of late and so it’ll be interesting to see if he can put up some good numbers, especially against a team that has almost no center play anyway.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CU-PDX @ UAA @ 6:15pm
Another game we think is super well-matched. That’s not an insult UAA -you’ve had some rough breaks too, and we still don’t feel like we know what you’re doing. We know that you’re solid, but how you compare to the Concordia guys… We’ll see. Concordia is a difficult team to prognosticate because we’ve seen so many of those guys play well, far better than we’ve seen most of the UAA guys play, and yet UAA has been able to put it together and Concordia hasn’t. Is this the game that Concordia gets a win? Probably not, but we’ll still say…
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SPU @ SFU @ 7pm
This game should be hysterical. The Falcons capped off their mess of last season with a loss at Simon Fraser, and so you’d think they’d be motivated but we’re not convinced. SPU has the talent to blow the pants off of SFU, but that seems unlikely because we think SFU’ll be gunning for them and SPU is going to be thinking about WWU and then go “oh shoot, we do need to actually pay attention to this game,” and then Nikhil’ll chuck up a bunch of terrible shots and it’ll be way closer than it should be.
Prediction: SPU wins.
SMU @ WWU @ 7pm
Underrated game. We’re excited about it. SMU got a nice come-from-behind win over Billings and the Vikings are probably already looking ahead to their big face-off with SPU on Saturday. Trey Drechsel just had a terrible game and so he’ll be looking to bounce back, meanwhile SMU’ll be looking to force him into difficult spots and contain him. We’ll see what happens. WWU is completely capable of blowing out SMU, but we’ll still say…
Prediction: Pick ’em.
WOU @ UAF @ 8:30pm
We’re excited about this game just because the Nooks are inevitably super excited about this game. They’re facing the best team in the conference on the tundra, it’s a probable overlook game, and they just got a nice win over Simon Fraser, while WOU is coming off of a typical game against NNU. That said, even when you account for the overlook factor, we just don’t see UAF winning. WOU regularly comes out flat and so it won’t surprise us if the game is close at the half, but we fully expect them to put it away at some point.
Prediction: WOU wins comfortably.
Great night of games. We can’t wait! Tweet at us.
WE’RE HALFWAY THROUGH CONFERENCE PLAY!!!!!!! Congrats on everyone for surviving. Yes, we’re behind on player-of-the-week, yes we intend to catch-up on it, yes we’ll see.
Alrighty, jumping right in:
SFU 57 @ UAF 74
The score pretty much tells the picture of the game. UAF went up and stayed on the gas and it was a good afternoon. SFU had turnover issues, although their shooting was largely fine, and the Nooks basically just played super smart. We love these numbers.
Clan highlights: Kedar Salaam had 15 points; Iziah Sherman-Newsome had eight points; Michael Provenzano had 12 points; JJ Pankratz had 11 points and five boards; and off the bench Jordan Mui-Keung had five points and four assists.
Nook highlights: Donny Wilder had 12 points on perfect shooting from the field and the line; Alex Baham had 16 points; Davis Kimble had eight poitns and five boards; Michael Kluting had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Joe Lendway had nine points.
Ridiculously proud of the Nanooks on this one -they had almost as many turnovers, but they were spread out and their shooting was solid, they were making lots of really smart choices, and just playing good basketball.
CWU 111 @ CU-PDX 100 in 2OT
HOLY GUACAMOLE!!!!!!! This game saw Concordia come out swinging and they were up by a TON, but CWU just kept swimming, and sure enough by the end of the first half were completely back in it. After that the game was back and forth and back and forth. Interestingly enough the score was in the 70s at the end of regulation; it was in OT and 2OT that shots really started falling and it skyrocketed. Very fun stuff. Amazing game, arguably one of the best of the year so far.
Wildcat highlights: Malik Montoya had 20 points and five fouls; Jawan Stepney had a massive 45 points and seven assists, including being 15-18 from the line; Coleman Sparling started and had eight boards; Fuquan Niles was again contained and had a mere eight boards and four assists; and off the bench Karsten Chaplik had five points; while Austin Houtz had 12 points.
Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had 27 points including being 10-10 from the line and grabbing five boards and dropping five dimes; Bryan Michaels was out of his mind and had 32 points; Chris Edward had a flawless full house including 12 points, six boards, five fouls, and zero turnovers among other numbers; Taylor Harris had nine points; and Hunter Sweet had 12 points.
We love these numbers if for no other reason than it proves our hypothesis. CU-PDX had four guys firing on all cylinders, they tied the rebounding number of CWU, they had fewer turnovers, they were at home, CWU was missing a starter, and yet the Cavs still couldn’t win. That is really curious. Congrats on a great night Concordia and congrats to the Wildcats on digging deep -we can’t wait to root against you on Saturday.
NNU 64 @ WOU 82
For a bit it was a game and then WOU WOU’d and it wasn’t.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi had five boards; Sam Roth had five boards; and Maurice Jones had 15 points and four boards.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 11 points and five assists; Tanner Omlid had 10 points, six boards, and eight assists; Vince Boumann had nine boards; Ali had seven boards; and Riley Hawken had 12 boards. Off the bench Dustin Triano had 12 points; and JJ Chirnside had 18 points.
The WOU numbers crack us up because Ali’s shooting numbers are highly questionable, but one of the best parts of being up by so much is that coaches can let guys shoot through slumps and it is productive to do so. It’s not that we disagree with the concept -it’s that the right parameters have to be met in order to make it worth it as far as we’re concerned. Good luck to the Nighthawks in bouncing back against the Wildcats, and congrats to the Wolves on a game well played.
MSUB 69 @ SMU 75
Ridiculously proud of SMU for this one. MSUB was up by a fair amount at the half, but the Saints didn’t panic, kept chipping away, and sure enough got back on top and didn’t let go.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Tereshima started; Kendall Denham had 16 points; Zharon Richmond had nine points; Zack Rollins had 17 points and five boards; and Daniel Shedden also started and had nine points. Off the bench Tyler Green had six points; and Kamal Tall had eight boards.
Saint highlights: Luke Chavez put up incredible numbers including 15 points, nine boards, seven assists, and five steals while playing 39 minutes -um, whoa; Matt Dahlen had 13 points; Jordan Kitchen had 14 points and five boards; Rhett Baerlocher had six boards; EJ Boyce had 11 points; and off the bench Tavian Henderson had seven points.
Again: nicely done to Billings on getting out ahead, but good job to the Saints on persevering to the victory.
WWU 70 @ UAA 61
This game was one of those where you never expected WWU to lose and yet at the same time you wondered if they would just because it wasn’t going as well as it could have and UAA was probably still feeling rather ornery because one win is not enough.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had 10 boards; Logan Schilder shot what a 7 footer in this conference should shoot and ended up with 15 points and nine boards, which is still actually rather unsatisfying; Daulton Hommes had 13 points and five blocks; and off the bench Brett Kingma had five points; while Siaan Rojas had 10 points and seven boards.
Seawolf highlights: DJ Ursery had five boards; Brennan Rymer had six assists; and Brian Pearson had seven boards. Off the bench Kylan Osborne had 10 points; Curtis Ryan had five boards; and Josiah Wood had 11 points.
Pedestrian game on all sides, but congrats to the Viks on getting it done.
Congrats to all teams on making it to the halfway point. As always: drink lots of water, get lots of sleep; it’s what’s gonna save you in this last third or so of the season.