Men’s basketball hosts first game of 2019 against Western Oregon

It’s been over a month since the last time the men’s basketball team hit the court and junior Niko Bevens knows that the team is ready to come back strong after losing the past two games.

Sjur Berg has the highest field goal percent as well as the most offensive rebounds. This was his fifth game in a row in which he scored a double-digit amount of points as well as a new career-high with a total of 16 points. Photo credit: Skip Hickey
Sjur Berg has the highest field goal percent as well as the most offensive rebounds. This was his fifth game in a row in which he scored a double-digit amount of points as well as a new career-high with a total of 16 points. Photo credit: Skip Hickey

“I believe this break has benefited the entire team because we were able to decompress and rest so we can put more energy towards practice,”  Bevens said. Practices have been really good so far. The team has been very focused and willing to put in the extra work to get better. Right now, the coaches have been focusing on how we can improve defensive schemes and maintain our offensive strengths.”

Bevens still holds the record for most 3-pointers made, as well as most minutes played.

Similarly, guard Brennan Rymer is familiar with the defensive techniques needed when going up against the Western Oregon University.

“Western Oregon will be a team that gets up and into you with full-court pressure the whole game,” Rymer said. “They’re looking to wear you down defensively and get out in transition to get there points.”

Rymer has scored the most points in three games and has had the most rebounds for two games.

Prior to the game, the men’s basketball team had a tied record of 5-5 for wins and losses at that point of the season.

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The full-court pressure, previously mentioned by Rymer, was evident from the start of the game. UAA was winning by two points throughout most of the first period, with a few moments when the roles were reversed and WOU was winning by two points.

The Seawolves were able to break ahead by four points with only eight minutes left in the first period. Their momentum continued and they were soon ahead 24-17 after five minutes.

Tyler Brimhall ended the first period with nine points out of the 31 total. WOU, on the other hand, was trailing with a final score of 22.

Brimhall continues to hold the No. 1 spot for rebounds, defensive rebounds, steals, free throws made, free throws percent, field goals, scoring and scoring average.

WOU was able to bridge the gap at the beginning of the second period by scoring eight points within the first four minutes.

UAA had their ninth foul, almost double the number of fouls from WOU, with only 12 minutes left in the game.

The Seawolves fought to keep their lead as the score became 43-42. However, their momentum picked up once again and WOU  soon trailed behind by four points.

WOU racked up their share of fouls, eight by this point, and had over 10 by the end of the game.

Both teams were fighting for the win throughout the entire game and always had the viewers on the edge of their seat. UAA’s hard work paid off and they came out on top with a final score of 61-57.

The men’s basketball team went against another team from Oregon, Concordia University, on Jan. 5 at the Alaska Airlines Center.

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