Monday, February 16, 2015

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week nominees Week 14

Spokane, North Idaho News

This was a bit of a roller coaster of a week for the Eagles.  They opened the week by knocking off their primary rival for this year's regular season title, Sacramento State.  They followed that by getting their leading scorer back, losing their second leading scorer and dropping a hard fought game to Dam Cup rival Portland State.  They got great news when their new Big Sky travel partner and rival Idaho knocked off Sacramento State to put them back in the driver's seat for the right to host this year's Big Sky Conference Tournament.

With all of that, which Eagle players were instrumental to their two games?  Click through to find out!

This week featured the return of Tyler Harvey and the re-injury of Venky Jois.  With each of them missing one of the games, it was time for other Eagles to take flight.

Who is the Eagle Player of the Week

Drew Brandon, against Sacramento State, was the team's only available point guard / ball handler and he gave them 40 solid minutes and helped the team eek out a hard fought win.  Against Portland State he helped lead a late charge that nearly overcame a disastrous offensive drought half way through the second half.  Drew racked up 21 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in the two games.  He hit just 6 of 20 shots from the floor and made all 7 of his free throws, including the game clinching pair against Sacramento State.

Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic stepped up to provide some versatility and scoring for the Eagles helping them cover for the loss of Harvey and Jois.  He hit 10 of his 20 shots including 6 of 9 from beyond the arc and was perfect in 2 free throw attempts.  OG totaled 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal while playing 34 and 32 minutes, the most minutes he's played in conference games this year and second most of any two game stretch this season.

Parker Kelly proved again that he is a reliable and clutch shooter while also being the best perimeter defender in the team's regular starting line up.  While the rest of the team struggled to find offensive consistency, Kelly drained 10 of his 18 shots including 7 of 12 from three point ranger.  He was also perfect in two attempts from the free throw line.  Parker racked up 29 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists.

Garrett Moon stepped up and flew away with the opportunities this week.  With Sir Washington done for the season and Tyler Harvey still nursing a quad injury, Coach Hayford called on Moon to supplement the Eagle defense against Sacramento State.  He called on him again to help fill the rebounding and defensive void against Portland State when Venky Jois aggravated his ankle injury.  Moon responded with season highs in minutes (16 and 25), rebounds (10), blocks (5), assists (1) and steals (1).  Garrett helped shut down a high powered Sacramento State offense with 5 blocks, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and added 2 points of his own.  Against Portland State he led all players with 10 rebounds (7 offensive), 2 points, 1 assist and 1 block.  His efforts helped the Eagles hold their opponents to the 3rd and 4th lowest scoring totals of the Big Sky season.

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