Wildcats open GNAC Play at home

ELLENSBURG, WASH.- The Central Washington men’s basketball returns to Ellensburg to open GNAC play against Western Oregon (3-2 overall) and 19th-placed Saint Martin’s (5-1 overall) at Ellensburg High School this week.

Thursday 1 Dec
8:30 p.m
Vs. Western Oregon University
Ellensburg High School
Ellensburg, Washington.

Saturday December 3rd
19:30 o’clock
Vs. Saint-Martin University
Ellensburg High School
Ellensburg, Washington.

“We’re opening the conference game with two good teams that played really well last season. Both teams have many returnees from last year. Western Oregon is tall and athletic while St. Martins is extremely talented.”

Western Oregon is currently 3-2 overall. Most recently, Wolves picked up two wins at the Ron Logsdon Basketball Challenge: 83-72 against Stanislaus State and 93-70 against Sonoma State. Wolves lost to Western New Mexico University 58-64. The leading scorers in western Oregon are Cameron Cranston at 15 ppg, John Morrill Keeler at 13.6 ppg, Cameron Benzel at 13 ppg, and Yosani Clay at 12 ppg. Cameron Benzel leads the team in boards at thirty-three. Qiant Myers orchestrates offense and has 30 assists so far this season.
In their win over Sonoma State, Cranston and Morrill Keeler both scored 20 points and were perfect from the charity strip. Clay added 16 and Myers scored 13. Benzel did a great job transporting glass in 10 boards. The Wolves capitalized on a dominant second half and secured victory with 52 points.

Saint Martin’s is currently ranked 19thth with a 5-1 record. The Saints ended their four-game winning streak last Friday with 73-78 by the Academy of Art. Saint Martin’s top scorers are Branden Bunn and Kyle Greeley, both averaging 14.3 points per game. Tyke Thompson leads the team on the glass with 38 rebounds. Jaden Nielsen-Skinner leads the team with 26 assists.
In their most recent 70-49 win over Evergreen State, Kyle Greeley and Champ Spencer scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Tyke Thompson penned 9 boards for the Saints. Saint Martin’s used big runs, 30 second chance points and 42 points in the paint to claim the win.

The Wildcats fell in both competitions at the NNU Thanksgiving Classic last weekend. Late exploits off Camron McNeil wasn’t enough to complete the comeback against Midwestern State. Light shooting and sustained attacks in the second half led to Azusa Pacific’s victory on Saturday. The ‘Cats’ leading scorers are Camron McNeil average 15.2 ppg, Matt Pocket an average of 11.3 ppg and Samad Hector an average of 9.2 ppg. Poquette leads the team with 7.2 rebounds per game. Isaiah Banks and Rock Gilbert orchestrating the Wildcat’s offense, Banks and Gilbert have 2.5 and 3 assists per game, respectively.

The ‘Cats will work to open the GNAC game with two wins.

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