Puget Sound battles for postseason positioning

Photo by Ronnie Glover / D3photography.com
Photo by Ronnie Glover / D3photography.com

TACOMA, Washington – Currently tied for the fourth-best record in the Northwest Conference, the Puget Sound men's basketball team enters this weekend with a postseason mentality when it plays at Lewis & Clark and Willamette.

 

 WHO   Puget Sound at Lewis & Clark 
 WHEN   Feb. 8, 2019 | 8 p.m.
 WHERE   Portland, Ore. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

 WHO   Puget Sound at Willamette 
 WHEN   Feb. 9, 2019 | 6 p.m.
 WHERE   Salem, Ore. 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

NWC picture

Whitman sits atop the NWC standings with a 12-0 record in conference. Whitworth is in second (9-3), and Linfield sits in third (8-4). George Fox and Puget Sound are tied for fourth as both are 6-6 in the NWC. The top four teams qualify for the NWC Tournament.

 

Record breaker

Jimmy Wohrer needs just one more 3-pointer to become Puget Sound's all-time 3-point king. During the Loggers' 110-101 win over Pacific (Feb. 2), Wohrer tied Chase Curtis's (2002-06) school record of 275 made 3-pointers in a career. Last year, Wohrer set the Puget Sound single-season record for made 3-pointers (104).

 

Chaikin is bakin'

Last weekend's home wins over Linfield (Feb. 1) and Pacific (Feb. 2) was arguably the best weekend of the season for senior guard Gabriel Chaikin. He averaged 22.5 points that weekend, shooting 7-for-12 from 3-point range. Chaikin came up huge in overtime against Linfield, netting eight points in the extra period.

 

Do it all

Stellan Roberts continues to fill the stat sheet on a nightly basis. He flirted with a triple-double against Pacific (Feb. 2), as his night consisted of 10 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds. Earlier in the season, Roberts was one assist shy of a triple-double at George Fox (Dec. 1), when he had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Roberts leads the NWC in assists (4.5), ranks seventh in rebounding (6.3), and 12th in scoring (14.0).

 

Handsome stats

Freshman Cal Hansen is the conference's second-leading rebounder with 9.6 boards per game. He is also tied for second in field-goal percentage (61.5 percent).

 

Scouting Lewis & Clark (7-14, 3-9 NWC)

The Pioneers are 2-2 in their last four games, with wins over Linfield and George Fox, and losses against nationally-ranked teams in Whitman and Whitworth. Lewis & Clark is the second-lowest scoring team in the NWC (76.0), and it commits the most turnovers (17.2). Zeke Crawford leads the team in scoring (12.3) and rebounding (7.8). The Loggers beat the Pioneers, 77-69, earlier this season (Jan. 12).

 

Scouting Willamette (7-15, 4-9 NWC)

The Bearcats enter this weekend with consecutive losses against Linfield and Pacific. Jared Jenkins is one of the most dynamic players in the NWC, as he ranks fourth in scoring (19.0), first in rebounding (10.3), fourth in assists (4.0), and sixth in field-goal percentage (58.3 percent). As a team, Willamette (74.0 percent) trails only Puget Sound (75.8 percent) in free-throw percentage. The Bearcats commit the second-most turnovers per game (16.7) in the NWC. Puget Sound beat Willamette, 85-75, earlier this season (Jan. 11).