FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) Men’s
Shadeed Shabazz scores against Simon Fraser Clan. (Aaron Walling/KTVF/January 9)
The Alaska Nanooks were relentless on defense in their win 80-74 over the Simon Fraser Clan. The Nooks forced 30 turnovers against the Clan, which included 23 steals. Shadeed Shabazz had six of them to lead the Blue and Gold.
“Thought our defense was really good,” said Alaska’s Head Coach Greg Sparling. “They followed the game plan.”
Shabazz led the Nanooks with 30 points, while Spencer Sweet chipped in 23. Alaska as a team were clutch from the charity stripe, going 20-24. The free-throw shooting and defense was the bread and butter for the Nooks, and Shabazz’s efforts were a spectacle in front of the Patty Center crowd.
“I just feel like ever since I was young, the defense really lacked on the game,” said Shabazz. “I just take pride in being able to score any opponent but also let them know on the other side, I'm not going to give no plays off. I'm going to try to do whatever I can to help our team win."
Alaska improves to 4-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, putting them in a two-way tie for second with the Western Washington Vikings.
The Alaska Nanooks hung in tough with the Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks, but ultimately loss 88-62. The Nanooks struggled against the Nighthawks in the paint, giving up 48 points in the area.
“I think that's kind of where they blew the game open,” said Alaska’s Head Coach Kerri Nakamoto. “We were hanging in, cutting it, and then we'd make multiple mistakes. And then they'd cut us in and make us pay for it."
Sabrina Ungaro led the Nooks with 15 points as she went 4-7 from downtown. Alaska drops to 1-4 in the GNAC, and they are now in a four way tie for last in the standings.