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Oregon men shoot to second round

4CAST: Ducks, Oregon women, Oregon State women, Thorns
Staff report

The fourth quarter was the perfect time for the Oregon men's basketball team to establish themselves in the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament Tuesday night.

Down 44-36 at halftime, the Ducks (23-12) made 20-of-26 shots from the field in the second half, including their first 10 shots of the fourth quarter, to beat Rider 99-86 before 2,327 fans at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon outscored their opponents from New Jersey 38-21 in the fourth quarter of the game, which uses four quarters rather than the two halves college men's team are familiar with from their NCAA seasons.

Victory Bailey, Jr., made an incredible 7-of-8 3-point shots and finished with 23 points, a total matched by Payton Pritchare for the Ducks.

Oregon outrebounded Rider 38-31 and finished with a 27-19 edge in free throws.

The Ducks will play the winner of tonight's Harvard at Marquette game.

2. OREGON WOMEN

The Ducks play host to a four-team sub-regional that begins Friday, with the winner advancing to the region finals in Spokane, Wash. Oregon plays Seattle University Friday, following the Minnesota-Wisconsin Green Bay contest. The winners meet Sunday. Four teams will play in Spokane with the winner moving forward to the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30.

Notre Dame is the top seed in the Spokane regional, with Oregon seeded No. 2.

Connecticut is seeded No. 1 in the Albany, N.Y., region, with Mississippi State seeded No. 1 in the Kansas City region.

3. OREGON STATE WOMEN

The Beavers play in Knoxville, Tenn., in a four-team sub-regional that begins Friday, with the winner advancing to the Lexington, Ky., Region final. Oregon State, the sixth seed, plays Western Kentucky Friday, with Tennesee, the third seed and sub-region host, playing Liberty in the other game. The winners meet Sunday.

Four teams will play in Lexington regional with the winner moving forward to the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30. Louisville and Baylor are seeded 1, 2, in the region.

4. PORTLAND THORNS PRESEASON

The Portland Thorns play again today and Saturday Merlo Field in preparation for the start of the season, March 24. Wednesday's game is against the U.S. National Under-23 squad beginning at 7:30. Saturday's game is against the Houston Dash also beginning at 7:30

ALSO

The Portland State men's basketball team will play at San Diego Saturday in the second round of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament. Match-ups for the following round - quarterfinals, will be established following this weekend's games. All games will be played on campus sites.

The Portland Winterhawks play again Friday against Seattle at the Moda Center.

 

 

 

Ducks, Beavers get tournament pairings

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4CAST: NCAA women, Oregon men, PSU men, Thorns
Staff report

Fresh off the first Pac-12 Tournament championship in program history, the Oregon Ducks women's basketball team was seeded second in the West Region on Monday in this year's NCAA Tournament.

The Ducks will host the first two rounds of the tournament, looking to extend their school-record 30-win season against No. 15 seed Seattle University on Friday in Matthew Knight Arena - a game that will be televised at 4:30 p.m. by ESPN2.

The No. 2 seed is the highest in school history, ahead of the No. 3 seed earned by the 1984 team.

The Ducks play host to two first-round games Friday. No. 7 seed Green Bay and No. 10 seed Minnesota will meet Friday at 2 p.m., followed by the Ducks and Redhawks. The winners will meet Sunday for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.

Oregon is playing in the Spokane Regional, and thus could stay in the Pacific Northwest by winning twice this weekend.
The Ducks were a 10 seed in the tournament last year, but played into the Elite Eight before losing to Connecticut.

Oregon State was seeded third in its bracket and will play in Knoxville, Tenn, for a spot in the Sweet 16. The No. 6 seed Beavers will take on 11-seeded Western Kentucky on Friday.
 
Should Oregon State advance, it will play Sunday against the winner of No. 3-seed Tennessee and No. 14-seed Liberty. The second-round winner will head to the Sweet 16 at the Lexington Regional.
 
This season marks the fifth-straight season Oregon State has made the NCAA Tournament, the most consecutive tournament runs in program history. The Beavers head to this year's NCAA Tournament with a record of 23-7, as the team has notched its fifth-straight 20-win campaign.

Oregon State has reached the Sweet-16 in back-to-back seasons, including a Final Four run in 2016.

2. OREGON NIT

The Oregon men's basketball team plays host to Rider tonight at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon, which reached the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals but missed a spot in the NCAA - UCLA and Arizona State got in, is 22-11 overall. Rider, 22-9, won the regular-season title in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, but missed out on the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by not winning the MAAC tournament. It's the first-ever meeting between the schools. Rider is located in Lawrenceville, N.J.

3. PSU CIT

The Portland State Vikings were selected Sunday to take part in the CollegeInsider.com Post-season Tournament. The Vikings will await their opponent from Monday's first-round CIT games and play at a location and on a day later this week to be determined later today.

4. PORTLAND THORNS PRESEASON

The Portland Thorns play again Wednesday and Saturday Merlo Field in preparation for the start of the season, March 24. Wednesday's game is against the U.S. National Under-23 squad.

ALSO

The Portland Winterhawks play again Friday against Seattle at the Moda Center.

The Western Oregon men's basketball team suffered a season-ending loss at home in the NCAA Div. II West Region final against Cal Baptist, losing 80-76. The Wolves finished the season 31-2.

Oregon State baseball, the defending national champions, returned to No. 1 in the college rankings.

 

 

Ducks, Beavers await tournament pairings

4CAST: NCAA women, Oregon men, Blazers, Thorns
Staff report

The Oregon and Oregon State women's basketball programs will get their official NCAA Tournament placements tonight, giving their fans and end to more than a week of waiting.

The Ducks won the Pac-12 Tournament title last weekend for the first time, a day after Oregon State's regular season ended. The Ducks are likely to receive their highest tournament seed in the program's history.

Oregon, 30-4, enters the tournament ranked No. 6 nationally, and with a nine-game win streak. The Ducks were a 10 seed last year, but played into the Elite Eight before losing to Connecticut 90-52.

Oregon State, 23-7, is ranked 13th. The Beavers were a No. 2 seed last year, but got knocked out by Florida State in the Sweet 16.

The women's tournament begins on Thursday.

2. OREGON NIT

The Oregon men's basketball team missed out on the NCAA Tournament - Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State received spots - but did get into the NIT and will play host to Rider on Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon reached the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals and is 22-11 overall. Rider, 22-9, won the regular-season title in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, but missed out on the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by not winning the MAAC tournament. It's the first-ever meeting between the schools. Rider is located in Lawrenceville, N.J.

3. BLAZERS MIAMI

Portland, in third place in the Western Conference, will put its nine-game win streak up against Miami, the No. 7 team from the Eastern Conference.

The Blazers are 40-26 and two games ahead of fourth-place New Orleans, Minnesota and Oklahoma City.

Miami is 36-31 and has a two-game win streak.

4. PORTLAND THORNS PRESEASON

The Portland Thorns lost their first of three preseason games Sunday, 1-0, to the Chicago Red Stars at Merlo Field. The team plays again Wednesday and Saturday Merlo Field in preparation for the start of the season, March 24. Wednesday's game is against the U.S. National Under-23 squad.

ALSO

The Portland Winterhawks rebounded from Saturday's loss with a 2-0 victory over Everett at the Moda Center, and have three games remaining in the regular season. The Hawks play again Friday against Seattle at the Moda Center.

 

 

Wolves reach final

4CAST: Western Oregon, Hawks, Blazers, Timbers
Staff report

After scoring a season-low 21 first half points, No. 3-ranked Western Oregon University used a 3-point barrage after the break to defeat Saint Martin's University, 77-55, in the semifinals of the NCAA Div. II West Region Tournament on Saturday.

With the win, Western Oregon (31-1) advances to the championship game where it will face California Baptist (27-5) Monday. CBU, ranked No. 21 in the latest NABC Coaches' Poll, defeated Azusa Pacific, 72-68, in the first semifinal contest inside the New P.E. Gymnasium.

Western Oregon will carry a 24-game winning streak into the title game. Saint Martin's season ends with a 25-8 overall record. The Saints went 15-4 over their last 19 games with all four losses against Western Oregon, including in the GNAC championship last week in Anchorage.

The Wolves won the regional two years ago, when it was played on its campus, and won its first game at the Elite Eight to advance to the national semifinals.

2. WINTERHAWKS NEAR SEASON CLOSE WITH CELEBRATION

The Portland Winterhawks celebrated their history Saturday night, but dropped a 6-2 decision to the Tri-City Americans at the Moda Center.

The Winterhawks inducted Marian Hossa, Brenden Morrow, Andrew Ference and Todd Robinson into the Winterhawks Hall of Fame prior to the game. Portland also honored the entire 1998 Memorial Cup winning team in a pregame ceremony.

Portland plays host to Everett tonight at 5 p.m. The regular season ends in two weeks.

3. TIMBERS HAVE TIME OFF AFTER LOSS

The Portland Timbers went scoreless for the first time in nearly a year Saturday, and have two weeks off before their next game to recover from a 4-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bulls Stadium Saturday.

Portland had scored in 22 straight games, a league high. The Timbers play again March 24 in Dallas.

4. BLAZERS HAVE HOT STREAK IN HAND

Portland plays host to Miami on Tuesday with a league-high nine game win streak working.

 

 

Wolves headed for Region final

Umpua, Portland, Linn-Benton reach NWAC Final Four
Staff report

After scoring a season-low 21 first half points, No. 3-ranked Western Oregon University used a 3-point barrage after the break to defeat Saint Martin's University, 77-55, in the semifinals of the NCAA Div. II West Region Tournament on Saturday.

With the win, Western Oregon (31-1) advances to the championship game where it will face California Baptist (27-5) Monday. CBU, ranked No. 21 in the latest NABC Coaches' Poll, defeated Azusa Pacific, 72-68, in the first semifinal contest inside the New P.E. Gymnasium.

Western Oregon will carry a 24-game winning streak into the title game. Saint Martin's season ends with a 25-8 overall record. The Saints went 15-4 over their last 19 games with all four losses against Western Oregon, including in the GNAC championship last week in Anchorage.

The Wolves won the regional two years ago, when it was played on its campus, and won its first game at the Elite Eight to advance to the national semifinals.

NWAC TOURNAMENT

The Portland Panthers scored a blowout in their Elite Eight match-up with Spokane and advanced to the Final Four in action from Sunday in Everett, Wash.

Linn-Benton scored an upset of defending tournament champion Walla Walla Sunday.

Umpqua, unbeaten on the season, shot the lights out and played into the women's Final Four. 

All Final Four games will also be played in Everett, Saturday and Sunday.

Portland beat Spokane 93-65, and will play Northern Idaho, which won its game Sunday 112-110 in double overtime, Saturday at 4 p.m.

Linn-Benton beat Walla Walla 84-75 and will play Peninsula Saturday at 2 p.m. The final is Sunday.

Umpqua beat Columbia Basin 93-66 Friday in its Elite Eight game, and will play Bellevue at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Riverhawks made 77 percent of their field-goal attempts, and got 46 points and 12 rebounds from sophomore center Dajanay Powell.

Big Bend will play Walla Walla in the other women's Final Four game.

PSU TOURNAMENT BOUND

The Portland State Vikings were rewarded on Sunday for having one of their finest Division I basketball seasons when they were selected to take part in the CollegeInsider.com Post-season Tournament. The Vikings will await their opponent from Monday's first-round CIT games (see schedule below) and play at a location and on a day later this week to be determined.
           
The Vikings went 20-13 on the year, marking their third-best season in their 22-year history in the Big Sky Conference. PSU was knocked out of the Big Sky Conference Tournament last week by Big Sky-finalist Eastern Washington, eliminating their chances of an NCAA Tournament bid. However, the CIT bid marks the seventh time in its 57-season basketball history that Portland State has received a national post-season bid, and the second time PSU has been picked for the CIT (NAIA in 1955 and 1956; NCAA College Division in 1967; NCAA Division I Tournament in 2008 and 2009; CIT in 2014 and 2018).

 

 

Eastern, Southern, Ducks wind down

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Oregon's loss at Pac-12 likely blows NCAA Tourney shot
Staff report

The stellar women's basketball season for Eastern Oregon University closed down Friday, as it did for Southern Oregon as well, at the NAIA Div. II Tournament in Sioux Falls, Iowa.

The Mountaineers had their 25-game win streak snapped with a 83-60 loss to Northwestern College in the second round. EOU shot just 37 percent from the field and ended it season as the sixth-ranked team in the nation and with a 31-3 overall record.

Southern Oregon lost 76-61 to Dakota Wesleyan, S.D., Friday as well, in a game they couldn't take advantage of forcing 36 turnovers. The Raiders were outscored 43-30 in the second half and finished as the No. 10 team in the nation at 28-5.

The Oregon Ducks ran out of gas in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas Friday, losing to USC 74-54, dropping to 22-12 overall. The Ducks will await Sunday's announcement of the NCAA tournament field.

Portland State lost 102-99 to Idaho in the semifinals of the Big Sky women's basketball tournament Friday in Reno, Nev., to finish its season at 19-13.

 

Oregon reaches another Pac-12 semifinal

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FRIDAY 4CAST: Pac-12 men, NAIA women, WOU, Blazers
Staff report

Oregon's Elijah Brown made seven 3-point shots and the Ducks rallied from 11 points down to beat Utah 68-66 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas.

The win moves the Ducks, 22-11, to the semifinals, and a game against Southern Cal at 8:30 p.m. The game will be carried live by FoxSports1.

Oregon trailed until 1:08 remained when MiKyle McIntosh, who scored 18 points, converted a three-point play to reach the final score and the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year.

The Ducks' Kenny Wooten blocked a lay-up attempt in the closing seconds to preserve the win.

USC beat Oregon State Thursday.

Oregon held Utah to just four free throws in the final five minutes of the game.

Top-seeded Arizona plays fourth-seed UCLA in the other semifinal at 6 p.m.

Oregon State, which beat Washington in overtime Wednesday, got outscored 34-14 in the paint and steadily fell behind on the way to a 61-48 loss to the third-seeded Trojans.

Stephen Thompson, Jr., scored 12 points to lead the Beavers, who ended their season at 16-16.

2. EASTERN OREGON, SOUTHERN OREGON ADVANCE, PSU READIES

Eastern Oregon and Southern Oregon both play in the second round of the NAIA Div. II women's basketball national championship tournament today.

Eastern Oregon dominated the second half of its game Thursday, and beat Reinhardt, Ga., 82-53. The Mountaineers won the second half 37-12. Eastern finished 10-of-19 from 3-point territory and had all five of its starters reach double figures led by Mariah Swanson with 19 points.

The Mountaineers play Northwestern, Iowa, at 1:30 p.m. today, directly after Southern Oregon plays.

Southern Oregon, which won Wednesday in the 64-team tournament, plays Dakota Wesleyan, N.D., at 11:45 a.m. The Raiders reached the national title game in 2016.

ALSO, Portland State's women's team plays Idaho in the Big Sky Conference tournament quarterfinals today at 2:35 p.m., in Reno, Nev.

3. WESTERN OREGON OPENS REGIONAL AT HOME

Western Oregon will carry a 22-game win streak into the NCAA Div. II West Regional men's basketball tournament today on its home court in Monmouth. The Wolves, 29-1, play Point Loma, Calif., at 7:30 p.m. at the New PE Gymnasium. 

WESTERN OREGON VIDEO

4. BLAZERS PLAY HOST TO GOLDEN STATE

With an eight-game win streak going, the Portland Trail Blazers play host to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors at the Moda Center at 7 p.m.

Damian Lillard scored 39 points in Portland's blowout win over the New York Knicks Tuesday, and is scoring better than 26 points per game on the season.

Portland, 39-26, is just a half-game ahead of New Orleans, which has won 10 straight, with Golden State at 51-14 and a half-game behind Houston in the race for the best record in the league. Houston, 51-13, has won 17 straight games, while the Warriors, 51-14, have won seven straight.

ALSO

The Portland Winterhawks play host to the Tri-City Americans at 6 p.m. Saturday and will honor the '98 Memorial Cup champions squad with a Hall of Fame induction for five of the key members: Marian Hossa, Andrew Ference, Brendan Morrow, Todd Robinson and Marty Standish, who plan to attend. The Hawks play host to Everett Sunday at 5 p.m.

The Portland Timbers head to New York for a Saturday game against the Red Bulls. The Timbers lost their season opener in Los Angeles 2-1 against the Galaxy in coach Giovanni Savarese's first game with the team.

High schools reach the title game for Class 5A, and 6A and 4A will play semifinals throughout the afternoon - the Portland Interscholastic League fielding three of the four boys semifinalists for the first time. Top-seeded Marist and No. 2 La Salle will play for the 5A girls title at 3:15 p.m., while defending champion Wilsonville takes on third-seeded Thurston, a first-time title game participant, in the boys final at 8:15. 

MARIST VIDEO

Banks, which has not won a boys or girls title, plays in both the boys and girls semifinals. 

BANKS VIDEO

ALL THREE BOYS TOURNAMENT had one league dominate the semifinals. Beyond the PIL in Class 6A, the 5A semis had three teams from the Midwestern League: Churchill, Thurston and Crater, and the 4A tourney has three teams from the Cowapa League: Seaside, Valley Catholic and Banks.

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern begins national tournament play

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Southern Oregon wins its opening game, NWC's season ends
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

Eastern Oregon's spectacular season hits the national stage today as the Mountaineers play in the first round of the 64-team NAIA Div. II women's basketball national tournament in Sioux Fall, Iowa.

Eastern plays Reinhardt, Ga., at 8:15 a.m. The game will be streamed across naia.org.

Junior guard Maya Ah You-Dias earned Player of the Year in the Cascade Conference, senior Stormee Van Belle earned Defensive Player of the Year, and coach Anji Weissenfluh was named Coach of the Year after the team finished 30-2 and is ranked No. 4 nationally.

You-Dias averaged 17.1 points per game and shot better than 49 percent from the field.

Senior Payton Parrish was also named to the 12-person all-conference first team.

Eastern Oregon hasn't lost since Nov. 25.

SOUTHERN OREGON ADVANCES

The Raiders' Remi Mejia went off for 28 points and Southern to a 77-66 win over Antelope Valley, Calif., in the final game of the day.

Mejia hit 10-of-19 shots from the field and grabbed seven rebounds in a game-high 31 minutes of action. Toria Bradford added 16 and Ariel Augustine had 11 for Southern, which forced 30 turnovers on the way to improving to 30-4 on the season.

The Raiders advanced to play Dakota Wesleyan, N.D., (28-6) Friday.

NORTHWEST CHRSTIAN DROPS OUT

The Beacons led throughout until Taylor, Ind., hit a 3-pointer with 4:29 left and went on to win 61-54.

Morgan McKinney led a trio of NWC players in double figures with 19 points, but the Beacons got outshot at the free-throw-line 19-4, outscored 22-10 in the fourth quarter and finished the season at 23-7.

 

 

Wolves get DII game plan

SMALL COLLEGES: Western Oregon gets regional, Div. III, NAIA, NWAC
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

Western Oregon won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball title Saturday with a dominating performance over St. Martin's, and will play host to the NCAA Div. II Western Regional beginning Friday in Monmouth.

The Wolves improved to 29-1 with their 65-55 win in the conference final in Alaska, Anchorage, will play Point Loma, Calif., 21-9, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the fourth game of the eight-team regional's quarterfinal.

St. Martin's, which finished third in the GNAC's regular season, also qualified for the regional, and will play Cal-Poly Pomona at 5 p.m.

In the other games, UC San Diego plays Cal Baptist at noon, and Azusa Pacific plays PacWest conference champion Dixie State at 2:30 p.m.

The region winner advances to the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 20-23.

GEORGE FOX WOMEN

The Bruins' season came to an end Saturday with an 82-58 loss to No. 2 Wartburg in the NCAA Div. III tournament at Waverly, Iowa.

George Fox, ranked 12th, led 9-8, but the unbeaten Knights put together a 23-3 run the remainder of the first quarter and effectively decided the outcome. The Bruins, who beat St. Benedict in the first round Friday, finished their season 25-4, and with their 25th-consecutive winning season.

EASTERN OREGON/SOUTHERN OREGON/NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN WOMEN

The Mountainers, Raiders and Beacons begin play in the 64-team NAIA Div. II national tournament Wednesday in differing regions of the 64-team tournament.

Eastern Oregon, which beat Southern in the Cascade Conference tournament final, earned the No. 2 seed in one region and plays Reinhardt, Ga., Thursday in the first round at 10 a.m. PST. Southern and NWC, play their openers Wednesday in differing regions.

Southern, its region's third seed, plays Antelope Valley, Calif., at 7:15 p.m., while Northwest Christian, the third-place finisher from the CCC, drew a fifth seed and plays Taylor, Ind., at 11:45 a.m.

The tournament plays out entirely in Sioux City, Iowa, with the final set for March 13.

NWAC TOURNAMENT FIELDS SET

The 16-team men's and women's brackets begin Saturday with games at Everett Community College, and Portland's men and Umpqua's women drew top seeds when the fields were announced.

Second-ranked Portland plays Bellevue, Wash., at 6 p.m. Clackamas, Linn-Benton and Chemeketa were placed in other regions of the tournament, which plays out over two weekends.

Unbeaten Umpqua begins the women's tournament at 10 a.m. on Thursday, also at Everett, Wash. Mt. Hood, Clackamas and Lane play first-round games Thursday with the winner's advancing to the Elite 8 Friday. The Final Four and title game is set for March 17-18 in Everett.

 

 

 

Off to the NCAA!

MONDAY 4CAST: Oregon women, Pac-12 men, Blazers, Winterhawks
Staff report

Oregon's fabulous season continued to get better Sunday as the women's basketball team beat Stanford and won the Pac-12 Conference Tournament for the first time.

Sabrina Ionescu had a career game at the right time, scoring 36 points in 38 minutes to lead the 77-57 win over the Cardinal at Key Arena.

Oregon, ranked sixth in the nation, trailed early, but led 18-17 after the first quarter and steadily pulled away to improve to 30-4 overall. The win avenged a 78-65 loss to Stanford in Eugene in February - the team's last loss.

Ionescu, who ended up as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, scored 14 of Oregon's points in the first quarter and equaled Stanford's 17 points by scoring a three-point play to start the second quarter.

Next up, the Ducks head to the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced Monday, March 12, at 4 p.m. The West Regional is set to be played in Spokane, Wash.

2. PAC-12 MEN'S TOURNAMENT

Oregon and Oregon State got paired with the Washington schools for the conference tournament, which begins Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The Ducks, who beat Washington for their 20th win Saturday night, take on Washington State.

Oregon State takes on Washington in one of the other three first-round games.

Conference champion Arizona, USC, Utah and UCLA earned the first-round byes. Oregon, seeded sixth, will play Utah with a win. Oregon State, seeded 10th, would play USC.

3. BLAZERS HEAD TO LA

Portland takes its six-game win streak to Los Angeles to take on the streaking Lakers having played all the way to the third seed in the Western Conference over the weekend.

With its win over Oklahoma City Saturday, Portland is 37-26 and a half-game ahead of New Orleans and Minnesota in the conference standings. The Blazers, though, are just two games ahead of eighth-place Denver.

4. HAWKS GO NORTH

The Portland Winterhawks scored a pair of home wins over the weekend, and now travel to Prince George, B.C., for games Tuesday and Wednesday night before returning home for a pair of games Friday and Saturday.

 

 

 

 

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