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Wolves lead in-state hoop hopefuls

Western, Eastern, Southern Oregon all playoff primed
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

As the men's and women's basketball regular season heads to a close, a number of Oregon schools are well-positioned for success on the national and regional stage, starting with the Western Oregon men's team.

The Wolves, 25-1 entering the week, were ranked No. 4 in the latest NCAA Div. II Coaches poll. Senior Tanner Omlid, a 6-foot-4 forward from Central High, leads Western Oregon at 13.8 points per game with only one other player averaging in double figures. Western Oregon is the top-ranked team from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The GNAC leader among women's teams is Alaska-Anchorage.

George Fox, at 22-3, leads the Northwest Conference in women's basketball and is ranked No. 15 nationally in the latest NCAA Div. III coaches poll. On the men's side, Whitworth is the conference leader.

At NAIA Div. II, Eastern Oregon is 20-0 in the Cascade Conference and ranked No. 6 nationally. Southern Oregon is ranked No. 10 and Northwest Christian is No. 16. College of idaho leads the men's side.

And in the Northwest Athletic Conference, Umpqua is 25-0 and ranked No. 1 on the women's side, with Clackamas at No. 4 and Lane at No. 7. Portland has been ranked No. 1 or 2 all season on the men's side, with Linn-Benton at No. 7 and Clackamas at No. 8.

 

 

TUESDAY 4CAST: Oregon gets huge win

Pac-12 Men, Timbers, Prep
Staff report

After playing their way to a 19-point lead Monday night, the No. 10 Oregon women's basketball team did what all the fans at Matthew Knight Arena thought they would do - they made the game exciting.

No. 8 UCLA fought back and took a three-point lead in the final minute before the Ducks rallied and won in overtime, 101-94, before a crowd of 7,098 and a national audience on ESPN2.

Oregon's win kept the Ducks (14-2, 25-4) atop the conference standings - all alone after No. 16 Stanford (13-3, 19-9) lost to rival Cal on Saturday - heading into the final weekend of the season: a pair of road games in Arizona.

UCLA (12-4, 21-6) dropped a full two games out of first after entering the weekend tied with Oregon and Stanford.

No. 12 Oregon State (12-4, 21-6) swept UCLA and USC and moved into a third-place with with the Bruins.

2. OREGON, OSU MEN'S HOOP

With a shot at moving up to second in the conference standings, the Oregon men dropped to seventh with a pair of weekend losses in Southern California and are essentially on a path where they need to win the conference tournament to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon plays host to the Arizona schools this weekend, as does Oregon State (5-9, 13-13).

3. BLAZERS ADD BRANDON RUSH

With the final stage - two months - of the regular season upcoming, Portland signed much-travelled guard Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract Monday.

Rush has played for nine years in the league, but not this season.

4. PREP FINALS

After the second and third round of high school state championships played out Friday and Saturday with wrestling and swimming, OSAA sports get a weekend off before the first three boys and girls basketball finals begin. But, non-OSAA sports have a championship weekend upcoming with bowling.

The Oregon bowling championships begin Friday in Klamath Falls, with nordic and alpine finals set for March.

 

Oregon women duel with UCLA

4CAST: Ducks, Timbers, Damian, High School Hoops
Staff report

The Oregon Ducks will look to hold onto their spot atop the Pacific 12 Conference and move up in the national rankings tonight when they play host to the UCLA Bruins at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon enters ranked No. 9, while UCLA is No. 7 for the time, having lost to Oregon State Friday night.

ESPNU will be on hand to televise the game.

One key note in the game is Oregon's Ruthie Hebard, who has made her last 30 field-goal attempts to set an all-time NCAA record.

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2. PORTLAND TIMBERS KEEP PRESEASON MOVING FORWARD

The Timbers dropped a 2-1 decision to FC Dallas Saturday, but kept its drive to the regular season on track by playing many of its predicted starters for most of the game. Forward Fanendo Adi and midfielder Diego Valeri were among the group that played 80 or more minutes.

Newcomer Samuel Armenteros, who joined the club last week, scored for Portland. Former Timbers forward Maximiliano Urruti scored both goals for Dallas.

Portland plays the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. The regular season begins March 3 in Los Angeles.

3. DAMIAN LILLARD ALL-STAR

Damian Lillard, representing the Portland Trail Blazers for the third time at the All-Star Game, scored a team-high 21 points in 21 minutes, but Team Steph lost 148-145 to Team LeBron at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Liillard made 9 of 14 shots from the field and grabbed three rebounds. All five of his misses were from beyond the three-point line.

Portland (32-26) returns to action with a game Friday at Utah (30-28), and Saturday at Phoenix (18-41). The Blazers are currently tied with Denver for the sixth spot in the Western Conference, just a half-game behind No. 5 Oklahoma City, and one game ahead of the No. 9 Los Angeles Clippers.

4. PLAYOFFS BEGIN FOR 3A, 2A, 1A BASKETBALL

The smaller schools across the state begin their playoffs Wedensday when the Class 1A boys and girls play the first of two rounds of games 16 teams playing elimination games. The eight winners of Wednesday's games will be paired with a league champion for the eight-team tournament play-in round Saturday with seeding among the 16 teams taking place at that time.

The Class 3A and 2A teams have a one-game play-in round Saturday having reached the end of their regular season this past weekend.

At CLASS 3A, De La Salle North Catholic of Portland is seeded No. 1 in the boys bracket, while Salem Academy is seeded No. 1 in the girls bracket.

AT CLASS 2A, Western Mennonite is seeded No. 1 in the boys bracket with Kennedy seeded No. 1 among the girls.

 

 

 

SATURDAY 4CAST: Oregon survives USC

Oregon women, Oregon men, Damian, Timbers
Staff report

The Oregon women's basketball team beat USC Friday night in double-overtime at the Matthew Knight Arena, getting a key three-point shot from Lexi Bando that secured a 80-74 win.

The ninth-ranked Ducks improved to 13-2 in conference play and remained in first place when Oregon State beat No. 7 UCLA 67-64 in overtime in Corvallis to improve to 11-4.

Oregon plays host to UCLA on Monday night.

The game featured forward Ruthie Hebard making all 12 of her field goals to run her streak to 30 consecutive made field goals - an NCAA record for both men and women.

USC plays at Oregon State on Sunday.

Both Oregon schools wrap up the regular season with games in Arizona, then head to the conference tournament in Las Vegas, March 2.

2. OREGON MEN GET ANOTHER SHOT AT LA

The Oregon men's basketball team dropped a key game Thursday night, giving up the decisive basket with 0.8 seconds remaining in a 72-70 loss at USC.

MiKyle McIntosh scored a season-high 23 points and Payton Pritchard added 17, but the Ducks lost their chance to stay within a half-game of second place in the Pac-12 standings. Oregon entered a half-game behind the Trojans in the conference standings behind USC and UCLA, but both LA schools won Thursday with the Bruins beating Oregon State at the same time as the Oregon game played out.

Oregon, 7-6 in the conference, gets a chance to stay within striking distance with a game at UCLA Saturday.

OSU lost 75-68 and fell to 5-8 in conference play with a game at USC Friday.

 

3. DAMIAN HEADS FOR TEAM STEPH

Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard will be in LA this weekend as well for his third trip to the NBA All-Star game, being played Sunday at the Staples Center.

Lillard will play on the roster selected by Steph Curry in the new All-Star game set-up in which the team stars, Curry and Lebron James, selected their teams ala playground-style.

Curry's team includes James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Jimmy Butler of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

 

4. TIMBERS PREP FOR NEXT PRESEASON MATCH

The Portland Timbers will play their fourth preseason match Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., fresh from a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo Wednesday.

Portland faces FC Dallas Saturday as it contines to prepare for the season opener in Los Angeles, March 3.

Oregon women get their turn with LA

Oregon, OSU men drop games, Damian All-Star ready, Timbers
Staff report

The Oregon women's basketball team, fresh from a pair of wins over the Washington schools, plays host to the Southern California schools this weekend, with No. 7 UCLA on tap for 7 p.m. Monday night.

The ninth-ranked Ducks, Bruins and Stanford are tied atop the Pac-12 Conference standings at 12-2, wich Oregon State in fourth at 10-4. The Beavers, ranked 15th, get their shot at the Bruins on Friday night in Corvallis.

USC, in seventh in the conference at 7-7, plays at Oregon on Friday, and OSU on Sunday.

Both Oregon schools wrap up the regular season with games in Arizona, then head to the conference tournament in Las Vegas, March 2.

2. OREGON WOMEN GET No. 7 UCLA THIS WEEKEND

The Oregon men's basketball team dropped a key game Thursday night, giving up the decisive basket with 0.8 seconds remaining in a 72-70 loss at USC.

MiKyle McIntosh scored a season-high 23 points and Payton Pritchard added 17, but the Ducks lost their chance to stay within a half-game of second place in the Pac-12 standings. Oregon entered a half-game behind the Trojans in the conference standings behind USC and UCLA, but both LA schools won Thursday with the Bruins beating Oregon State at the same time as the Oregon game played out.

Oregon, 7-6 in the conference, gets a chance to stay within striking distance with a game at UCLA Saturday.

OSU lost 75-68 and fell to 5-8 in conference play with a game at USC Friday.

 

3. DAMIAN HEADS FOR TEAM STEPH

Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard will be in LA this weekend as well for his third trip to the NBA All-Star game, being played Sunday at the Staples Center.

Lillard will play on the roster selected by Steph Curry in the new All-Star game set-up in which the team stars, Curry and Lebron James, selected their teams ala playground-style.

Curry's team includes James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Jimmy Butler of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

 

4. TIMBERS PREP FOR NEXT PRESEASON MATCH

The Portland Timbers will play their fourth preseason match Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., fresh from a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo Wednesday.

Portland faces FC Dallas Saturday as it contines to prepare for the season opener in Los Angeles, March 3.

 

 

Oregon men head to LA with big goals

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Oregon women set for key battle, Hawks lose and Thorns get nabbed
Staff report

The Oregon men's basketball team, fresh from a weekend sweep of the Washington schools, is in Los Angeles with a chance to move into second place in the Pac-12 Conference.

Oregon plays at USC Thursday night, then at UCLA Saturday.

The Trojans and Bruins are both at 8-5 in conference play, with the Ducks tied with Washington at 7-5. Oregon held Washington to just 40 points in its 65-40 win over the Huskies Thursday. They followed it up with a 84-57 win over Washington State.

Oregon State, in 10th place at 5-7, plays UCLA and USC as well.

Arizona leads the conference at 10-3.

2. OREGON WOMEN GET No. 7 UCLA THIS WEEKEND

The Oregon women's basketball team, fresh from a pair of wins over the Washington schools, plays host to the Southern California schools this weekend, with No. 7 UCLA on tap for 7 p.m. Monday night.

The ninth-ranked Ducks, Bruins and Stanford are tied atop the Pac-12 Conference standings at 12-2, wich Oregon State in fourth at 10-4. The Beavers, ranked 15th, get their shot at the Bruins on Friday night in Corvallis.

USC, in seventh in the conference at 7-7, plays at Oregon on Friday, and OSU on Sunday.

Both Oregon schools wrap up the regular season with games in Arizona, then head to the conference tournament in Las Vegas, March 2.

3. WINTERHAWKS RUN OUT OF SHOTS

Portland's Valentine's Day game with Vancouver turned went vastly haywire as the Hawks outshot the Giants 49-19, but still lost 4-2.

Portland has a week off to prep for a home game with Kelowna before a three-game road trip.

4. THORNS STARS HEAD FOR NATIONAL DUTY

Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan and defender Emily Sonnett were named to the 26-player preliminary U.S. Women’s National Team roster Wednesday.

The USWNT plays host to the SheBelieves Cup for a third consecutive year with matches against Germany, France and England. Head coach Jill Ellis will name the final 23-player tournament roster near the end of training camp that begins Monday.

The opening games of the tournament will take place March 1 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, as the United States squares off against Germany at 4 p.m.

 

PSU signs its 2018 class

Vikings snag seven on offense, defense and one kicker
Staff report

A winless record didn't hamper the Portland State football team from signing a promising class of recruits for the upcoming college football season.

The Vikings, an NCAA FCS Playoff team just three years ago, released its class of 15 signees Wednesday - a class that includes three current seniors at Oregon high schools.

Portland State is headed for its fourth year under coach Bruce Barney, who took the program to the playoffs in his first year as coach, when he was technically listed as an interim coach. In 2015, the Vikings were 9-3, then 3-8 in 2016 and 0-11 last year, although its schedule included a narrow 35-32 loss at Oregon State.

The Vikings are scheduled to play at Nevada and at Oregon this fall. Their schedule includes five games at Providence Park.

Oregon players who signed with Portland State include Jordan Hill from Lincoln, Alex Sanchez from South Salem, and Dawson Carr from Rainier.

 

Oregon women finally hit snag

Stanford upends Ducks in Eugene, 78-65
Staff report

The Wonder Women of the University of Oregon went down in flames Sunday against the Stanford Cardinal at Matthew Knight Arena.

After a solid first half, the sixth-ranked Ducks were outscored 45-24 and lost 78-65 to the No. 24 Cardinal to drop into a first-place tie atop the Pacific 12 Conference standings with Stanford at 10-2.

Oregon dropped to 21-4 overall with its first home loss of the season.

Sabrina Ionescu scored 22 points to lead the Ducks, but Brittany McPhee tossed in 33 points for Stanford, including 31 in the second half.

The win was the sixth-straight for Stanford over Oregon, and is the lone regular-season meeting between the teams.

Stanford swept its trip through Oregon having beaten Oregon State 60-57 Friday.

 

Oregon women face key weekend

No. 6 Ducks face two ranked opponents at home
Staff report

The Oregon women's basketball team continues it's drive to make a national name for itself ahead of the NCAA Tournament this weekend when it faces Cal and Stanford at home.

And, that's great timing as the Ducks are unbeaten at Matthew Knight Arena this season.

The sixth-ranked Ducks face Cal, ranked No. 25, Friday, then Stanford, ranked No. 24, Sunday, with a shot at reaching 15-0 at home.

Oregon is ranked as high as it's ever been, and is leading the Pac-12 Conference with a shot at winning the regular-season title for the first time since 2000. The team reached 20 wins last weekend, the quickest it's gotten to that mark in program history.

The Ducks have not won the conference tournament since it began in 2002. Stanford is the defending champion and has won the tournament in all-but four years since then.

 

 

 

Pilots recover, but not all way

Portland feels better about losing to Gonzaga this time
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - The loss to Gonzaga wasn't so painful this time, even though it came with the same message for the Portland Pilots.

"We just have to be a lot tougher," said freshman guard Marcus Shaver, Jr. "And that's on each one of us, individually to work on that."

Portland responded to an absolute thrashing at the hands of the Bulldogs, Jan. 11, with a workman-like 95-79 loss before a spirited crowd of 4,557 at the Chiles Center Thursday night in West Coast Conference men's basketball action.

Shaver led the Pilots with 16 points, and backcourt mate D'Marques Tyson added 15 points as the Pilots kept pace with their 15th-ranked opponents and tried to forget the 103-57 loss from the first meeting.

They'd have done a lot better by not getting outrebounded 15-5 on the offensive end, or having the Zags hit 35 of 64 shots from the field, including 11 three-pointers. Three Bulldogs scored in double figures led by Killian Tillie with 27 points. Tillie hit 11 of 14 shots, grabbed seven rebounds and even handed out a pair of assists as Gonzaga improved to 18-4, 8-1 in WCC play. The Bulldogs made sure not to overlook the Pilots by leading 46-30 at the half, a week after losing their lone conference game in Spokane to St. Mary's, 74-71.

"We had a good game, did a lot of things the way we want to," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "We play in a tough conference, and know not to take anyone lightly. Last week's loss was a good reminder of that, especially at home."

Portland dropped to 8-14, 2-7, with a game at St. Mary's Saturday in Moraga, Calif., just East of Oakland.

The loss ended a two-game win streak for the Pilots.

Portland put up a solid performance in the first half, but still wound up trailing 46-30 after 20 minutes, due in significant part to Tillie's 13 points, highlighted by three baskets after offensive rebounds. Gonzaga made eight of its 16 three-point attempts, led 10-2 in assists, and shot 18-of-33 overall from the field.

Once the lead hit double digits, the outcome was largely decided. Few played forward Rui Hachimura, widely considered the team's most promising NBA Draft pick in summer, just 12 minutes, which resulted in one field goal.

Portland got a sturdy performance from 7-foot-2, senior, center Phillipp Hartwich, who scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, and battled for five rebounds. The Pilots finished with five offensive rebounds, although two were the kind that got swatted out of bounds - team rebounds.

Sophomore Josh McSwiggan added nine points and four rebounds for Portland, which finished the second half 49-49 with Gonzaga.

Portland has eight games remaining after Saturday leading into the conference tournament, March 1-6 in Las Vegas.

 

 

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