Men's Basketball Announces 2017-18 Schedule

Oct. 4, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Western Washington University head men’s basketball coach Tony Dominguez has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
The defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and conference tournament champions will play a slate that includes 28 regular-season games, with eight non-conference games and 20 games in league play.
“We will have a challenging preseason schedule that will lead right into a very competitive GNAC season,” said Dominguez. “The conference has established itself as one of the most competitive in the nation, and it makes for tough games every week. We look forward to testing ourselves and getting better as a program each time we take the floor.”
Dominguez enters his sixth season at the helm of the program, coming off a 2016-17 campaign that awarded him as the GNAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Dominguez has led the Vikings to a 112-43 record (.723) during his time as head coach, and helped accumulate another 317 victories as a WWU assistant from 1995-96 to 2011-12.
WWU will play 16 home games on WECU Court at Carver Gym, returning to the on-campus state-of-the art facility after a two-year renovation. The Vikings played the last two seasons across town at Whatcom Community College. The first eight games of the 2017-18 season will all be played at Carver Gym, with the Vikings hosting the PacWest/GNAC Challenge Nov. 10-11 and the annual Chuck Randall Classic Nov. 24-25.
“We are extremely excited to get back on campus with our return to Carver Gym,” added Dominguez. “We feel with our students and the atmosphere our home crowd has provided on campus in the past, we create a tremendous home court advantage and a wonderful experience for our players.”
To prepare for the regular-season schedule, the Vikings will play a pair of exhibition games, first with the annual Blue-White Game on Oct. 21 (Saturday, 5 pm) and then will host Quest on Nov. 1 (Wednesday, 7 pm). The annual Viking Jam will be held with the women’s basketball program on Oct. 25 (Wednesday), with a slam dunk contest, 3-point shooting competition and scrimmage that is open to all fans and WWU students free of charge.
The Vikings will host Hawai'i-Hilo and Notre Dame De Namur from the PacWest Conference, and Simon Fraser from the GNAC for the season-opening PacWest/GNAC Challenge Nov. 10-11. WWU will play Notre Dame de Namur in the regular-season opener Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm.
UC San Diego, Alaska Fairbanks and Capilano will come to Bellingham for the annual Chuck Randall Classic over the Thanksgiving weekend. WWU opens the Randall Classic playing reigning CCAA champion UC San Diego on Nov. 24 at 7:30 pm and Capilano on Nov. 25 at 5 pm.
The Vikings also host Douglas (Nov. 15) and Cal State East Bay (Dec. 12) in non-conference home games.
The GNAC schedule opens with a pair of home games against Concordia (Nov. 30, 7 pm) and Western Oregon (Dec. 2, 7 pm) on WECU Court at Carver Gym.
After the pair of GNAC contests, the Vikings close out the non-conference portion of the schedule hosting Cal State East Bay on Dec. 12 at 7 pm, and then travel to Hawai'i for the Hoops in Hawai'i Holiday Classic where they will play Harding (Dec. 16) and Tampa (Dec. 17) at the Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu.
Following a brief holiday break, the Vikings return to conference play with six of the next eight, and eight of 12 league games on the road. The post-holiday stretch of road games begins at Seattle Pacific (Dec. 28) and Saint Martin’s (Dec. 30), both starting at 7:30 pm. WWU will then host Northwest Nazarene (Jan. 4) and Central Washington (Jan. 6) to open the new year.
The Vikings continue the road gauntlet with four consecutive away games at Simon Fraser (Jan. 9), Montana State Billings (Jan. 13), Alaska Fairbanks (Jan. 18) and Alaska Anchorage (Jan. 20). After a brief two-game stay in Bellingham to host Saint Martin’s (Jan. 25) and Seattle Pacific (Jan. 27), WWU takes back to the road to face Central Washington in Ellensburg (Feb. 1) and Northwest Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho (Feb. 3).
WWU wraps up GNAC play with four of the last six conference games at Carver Gym, including a string of four straight at home from Feb. 6-17. The Vikings host Simon Fraser (Feb. 6), Montana State Billings (Feb. 8), Alaska Anchorage (Feb. 15) and Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 17) on WECU Court, before closing out the regular season in Oregon at Western Oregon (Feb. 22) and Concordia (Feb. 24).
The GNAC Championships will be held at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska, hosted by Alaska Anchorage from March 1-3. The top six teams in the GNAC standings will compete for the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Championships. WWU will be the defending champion for the GNAC Championships heading into the season.
The top eight teams from the West Region will meet in regional play at a to-be-determined campus site March 10-13 and the Division II Elite 8 will be played March 21-24 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD.
The Vikings are coming off a championship season, finishing 25-6 overall and winning the GNAC title with a 17-3 record. WWU advanced to the NCAA II Championships as the No. 3 seed in the West Region. First Team All-GNAC selections Taylor Stafford and Jeffrey Parker were lost to graduation, but the program returns eight letterwinners and four starters from last year’s squad.
All-GNAC performers Daulton Hommes (F, So., Lynden, WA/Lynden Christian) and Deandre Dickson (F/C, Sr., Easton, CA/Bakersfield College) highlight the returning players, both earning All-GNAC Honorable Mention last season. Hommes averaged 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while starting all 31 games during his redshirt freshman season, while Dickson was a force off the bench in all 22 games he appeared in, averaging 14.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Junior guard Trey Drechsel (Woodinville, WA/Cedar Park Christian) started the first 16 games before suffering a season-ending surgery, averaging 9.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Senior guard Blake Fernandez (Mountlake Terrace, WA/Edmonds CC) filled in at the point guard position to start the final 15 games of the season, averaging 4.7 points per game.
Junior 7-footer Logan Schilder (Bellingham, WA/Whatcom CC) started all 31 games and was among the elite shot blockers in the nation averaging 1.9 blocks per game.
Additional returning players that contributed significant minutes during the championship season include senior sharp-shooter Brett Kingma (Mill Creek, WA/Jackson), who is a 43.2% 3-point shooter in two years at WWU (82-for-190), sophomore swingman Trevor Jasinsky (Camas, WA) and senior guard Brad Wallace (Lacey, WA/River Ridge). Jasinsky averaged 6.7 points per game while appearing in all 31 contests, ranking among GNAC leaders shooting 45.6% from 3-point range (36-for-79).
Redshirt junior Siaan Rojas (Concord, CA/Santa Rosa JC) is expected to be a big contributor after redshirting last season. Guard Drew Magaoay (Shoreline, WA/Cascade) and forward Dominick Oliveri (Spokane, WA/Lewis & Clark) are also back after redshirting last season.
Newcomers to the program include a pair guards out of Cerritos College, Tyler Payne (Long Beach, CA/La Mirada/Cerritos College) and Micah Winn (Los Angeles, CA/Crenshaw). Payne was a two-time First Team All-South Coast Conference selection at Cerritos in 2015-16 and 2016-17, while Winn was also an All-South Coast performer from 2013-15.
Additional newcomers to the 17-player roster include guards Leif Anderson (Jr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome/Whatcom CC), RJ Secrest (Fr., Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap) and Elijah Cotton-Welch (Jr., Tacoma, WA/Wilson/Lower Columbia College), and forward Braden Ahlemeyer (Fr., Sammamish, WA/Skyline).
Dominguez will be assisted by second-year head assistant coach David Dunham, with returning assistant coaches Bob Hofstetter and Atiavo Jude. Skyler Gillispie joins the coaching staff after serving as the head coach at Camas High School for six years.


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