Submitted by Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Basketball Championships kicks off today at Saint Martin’s University. The three-day event is a March madness in our own backyard with men’s and women’s college basketball competing in quarterfinals, semifinals and championship games. 

Saint Martin’s University men’s basketball program is competing this year and beat Concordia Thursday night in a 78-73 battle with senior Fred Jorg hitting a historic 23 points and 15 rebounds. The Saints advance to semi-final play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Western Washington. Tickets are still available at the door.

Western Washington, Alaska Anchorage and Western Oregon are the top three teams in the men’s tournament while Alaska Anchorage, Western Washington and Simon Fraser have been the top three teams in the conference standings all season. Follow your favorite teams and catch a game using the below schedule:

Championship Schedule

Session 1 — Thursday, March 2

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Photo courtesy: Saint Martin’s University.

Game 1: Noon – Women’s Quarterfinals
#3 Simon Fraser vs. #6 Central Washington

Game 2: 2:15 p.m. – Women’s Quarterfinals
#4 Northwest Nazarene vs. #5 Seattle Pacific

Note: Marcus Pavilion will be cleared between sessions 1 and 2.  

Session 2 – Thursday, March 2       

Game 3: 5:15 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals
#3 Western Oregon vs. #6 Montana State Billings

Game 4: 7:30 p.m. – Men’s Quarterfinals
#4 Saint Martin’s vs. #5 Concordia

Session 3 – Friday, March 3       

Game 5: Noon – Women’s Semifinal
3/6 winner vs. #2 Western Washington

Game 6: 2:15 p.m. – Women’s Semifinals
4/5 winner vs. #1 Alaska Anchorage 

Note: Marcus Pavilion will be cleared between sessions 3 and 4. 

Session 4 – Friday, March 3

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Photo courtesy: Saint Martin’s University.

Game 7: 5:15 p.m. – Men’s Semifinals
3/6 winner vs. #2 Alaska Anchorage

Game 8: 7:30 p.m. – Men’s Semifinals
#4 Saint Martin’s vs. #1 Western Washington

Session 5 – Saturday, March 4

Game 9: 5:15 p.m. – Women’s Championship
Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

Game 10: 7:30 p.m. – Men’s Championship
Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

This is the second year in a row Saint Martin’s University has hosted this event. The Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau (OLTVCB), serving as the region’s sports commission, worked in conjunction with Saint Martin’s University and GNAC to sponsor and support the teams throughout the competitions, by providing hospitality, food and water along with referrals to local businesses.

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