Pin It
Favorite

Eagles Taking Flight 

by Michael Bowen


The EWU men's basketball team ended Big Sky play last March with a three-point loss in the conference final to Weber State, which went undefeated in league play (and later played in the NCAA Tournament in Spokane).


Can you guess which two schools are picked to go 1-2 in the conference this year? Weber and Eastern return three starters each, and the coaches picked the Wildcats to win it all again. But since head coach Ray Giacoletti has had his team just one win away from the frenzy of March Madness for three seasons in a row -- and since the Eagles made it into the bridesmaids' postseason (the NIT) last year -- this just might be the year for the Spokane area to get its second Big Dance card.


It won't be easy, though. With road games against Top 15 opponents Oklahoma (Nov. 21) and Gonzaga (Dec. 31 at the Spokane Arena), and trips to Washington (Nov. 29), Iowa (Dec. 5) and Santa Clara (Jan. 3), the Eagles face a tough schedule. The Eagles' first home game is the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), against the University of Denver.


Still, they have the firepower of three all-conference players: 6-foot-2-inch senior guard Alvin Snow (13.5 points and 2.2 steals per game), 6-7 junior forward Marc Axton (nearly 10 points and five rebounds per game) and 6-4 senior guard Brendon Merritt (11 ppg and 3 rpg).


The Big Sky tournament championship game, with a trip to the Big Dance on the line, will be played on March 10. Will it be in Ogden, Utah, or in Cheney, Wash.?





Publication date: 11/13/03

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Reunited We Stand
  • Reunited We Stand

    With major provisions of Trump's executive order put on temporary hold, 11 Iraqi refugees reunite with their families in Spokane
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • Working Blue
  • Working Blue

    Spokane police officer under fire for profanity; plus, Tomi Lahren — and her opinions — are coming to town
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • 'Cautiously Optimistic'
  • 'Cautiously Optimistic'

    Spokane Public Schools has seen improvement since committing to reducing suspensions, but the hardest part is yet to come
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • More »

Comments


Comments are closed.

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Ric Gendron: Salish Stories

Ric Gendron: Salish Stories @ Spokane Art School

Mondays-Fridays, 5-9 p.m. Continues through March 31

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Michael Bowen

Most Commented On

  • We Have Not Yet Begun to Fight

    Why we're filling the streets to protest Trump's inhumane, dangerous policies
    • Feb 2, 2017
  • Obscene Gestures

    Spokane political party leaders hope to harness post-election passion into civil discourse. But so far, there's only been more strife
    • Feb 9, 2017
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


green zone


marijuana


Comment


do something


Readers also liked…

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation