Loggers fight for postseason bid against nationally-ranked teams

Loggers fight for postseason bid against nationally-ranked teams

TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound men's basketball team celebrates seniors Jimmy Wohrer and Gabriel Chaikin during the final weekend of the regular season in Memorial Fieldhouse this weekend. The Loggers host No. 2 Whitman and No. 12 Whitworth.

 

 WHO   Puget Sound vs. No. 2 Whitman 
 WHEN   Feb. 15, 2019 | 8 p.m.
 WHERE   Tacoma, Wash. | Memorial Fieldhouse 
 LINKS  Stats | Video (by Bates)

 

 WHO   Puget Sound vs. No. 12 Whitworth 
 WHEN   Feb. 16, 2019 | 6 p.m.
 WHERE   Tacoma, Wash. | Memorial Fieldhouse 
 LINKS  Stats | Video

 

The seniors

Jimmy Wohrer recently became Puget Sound's all-time leader in made 3-pointers (276+), and he also holds the school record for most 3-pointers in a season (104; 2017-18). Wohrer's career-high for points in a game is 36, which he achieved during a home win against George Fox last year. Chaikin has started every game for the Loggers this year, and he ranks fifth in the NWC for 3-point percentage (46.0 percent). Two games ago, Chaikin scored a career-high 30 points in a road win at Lewis & Clark.

 

Welcome, Young Ambassadors

Puget Sound is excited to welcome back to Memorial Fieldhouse ​The Young Ambassadors of Physical Education. The elementary school students from throughout the Tacoma School District will perform Friday during halftime of both the men's and women's games.

 

Playoff picture

The top four teams in the NWC qualify for the conference tournament, and the Loggers (7-7 NWC) enter this weekend in fourth place. Puget Sound clinches a playoff berth with just one more win. George Fox (6-9 NWC) and Willamette (5-9 NWC) are still very much in the postseason hunt, and those two teams play each other Friday (Feb. 15). It's George Fox's last game of the season. Willamette plays Lewis & Clark Saturday (Feb. 16). If the Bruins go 0-1 this weekend, and Willamette goes 1-1, then the Loggers clinch a playoff berth regardless of Puget Sound's outcomes this weekend. Both George Fox and Willamette hold tiebreakers over the Loggers.

 

Getting offensive

Although the Loggers rank sixth in the NWC for points per game (88.3), Puget Sound has kicked it into a new gear the past two weeks. Through the last four games, the Loggers are averaging 96.5 points per game.

 

Service on a trey

Puget Sound leads the NWC in 3-point accuracy, connecting on 41.7 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc. Gabriel Chaikin ranks fifth in 3-point percentage (46.0), and Stellan Roberts ranks ninth (43.8 percent).

 

Wohrer's way

After leading the NWC in scoring last year, Jimmy Wohrer enters this weekend as the conference's third-leading scorer with 20.2 points per game. He's only 0.7 points per game away from the league lead. Wohrer currently ranks second in the NWC in free-throw percentage (87.8 percent).

 

He can help

Stellan Roberts is tied for the NWC lead in assists per game with 4.3. He also ranks 12th in scoring (15.1), 12th in rebounding (5.9), and third in free-throw percentage (84.6 percent).

 

Scouting No. 2 Whitman (22-1, 14-0 NWC)

The only loss this season for the nationally-ranked Blues was in double overtime at Pomona Pitzer, 112-109 (Nov. 24). Since then, Whitman has won 18 consecutive games. The Blues lead the NWC in points per game (105.0), and they allow the second-fewest points (80.5). Five players average more 9.0 points per game, led by Joey Hewitt's 15.7.

 

Scouting No. 12 Whitworth (19-4, 11-3 NWC)

Of the Pirates' three NWC losses this season, two are against Whitman and the other is against Willamette. Ben College is the NWC's second-leading scorer (20.7), and Jared Christy is third in rebounding (9.0). The Pirates have the top field-goal percentage in the NWC (52.0 percent), and they commit the fewest turnovers (13.5).