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    SPORTS
WEEKEND, DECEMBER 16-17, 2017
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PENDLETON
Buckaroos put away Kingsmen
Newsom’s
double-double
paces Buckaroos
ORLANDO, Fla. — The
Portland Trail Blazers quietly
have been one of the best
defensive
teams
in
NBA
the
NBA
this season,
something
Portland
they have
reminded
opponents
of the last
two games.
Portland
Orlando
limited
Orlando to
38.6 percent
shooting
and made enough plays in
the fi nal minute to hold on
for a 95-88 victory on Friday
night.
Damian Lillard led the
winners with 21 points and
C.J. McCollum had 20.
Al-Farouq Aminu added 15
points and Jusuf Nurkic had
nine points and 11 rebounds.
“We had certain games
where the defense wasn’t
good, but the second half
against Miami (Wednesday)
and tonight it was pretty solid
throughout,” Portland coach
Terry Stotts said.
It was the second straight
game that Portland held the
opponent under 100 points.
Those two victories followed
a fi ve-game losing streak
during which opponents
averaged 113.4 points against
the Trail Blazers.
“Every year, for every
team, adversity hits at some
point and I feel like it was just
hitting for us,” Lillard said.
“We hadn’t been defending
well, we hadn’t been playing
good offensively.”
Nikola
Vucevic
led
Orlando with 26 points and
14 rebounds. Johnathon
Simmons had 15 points for
the Magic, who have lost
four straight and 15 of their
last 18.
See BLAZERS/3B
95
36
88
59
See BUCKAROOS/3B
Blazers
hold off
Magic
Associated Press
By ERIC SINGER
East Oregonian
PENDLETON — One week
ago, the Pendleton boys basket-
ball team left Warberg Court on
Friday
night
a bit dejected
Boys
following
an Basketball
unsightly loss
to Walla Walla.
The Buckaroos
fell out of a
Putnam
rhythm
and
communication
wained as they
scored all of
seven
points
in the second
Pendleton
half, resulting
in their second
consecutive loss
and dropping
themselves to .500 on the season.
But after a few days of prac-
tice, the Buckaroos got some
swagger back. And one week
later, the same Buckaroo team
walked out of Warberg Court on
Friday night with smiles on their
faces and more bounce in their
step following a 59-36 victory
over Rex Putnam, the team’s
second straight victory.
“We kind of got punched in
the mouth there and had to look
ourselves in the mirror and fi gure
out who we are and what we’re
going to be,” Pendleton coach
Kyle Tedder said after the game.
“By no means are we there yet,
but we’ve defi nitely made some
strides and guys are stepping up
and starting to fi gure it out and
trust each other.”
And Friday’s game was a
night where the Buckaroos (5-3)
really had to come together. The
team did not shoot well from
outside the paint, with 36 of the
59 points coming inside the paint
after going ice cold from 3-point
range (3 of 17). What the Buck-
aroos did do well was show the
trust that is developing amongst
the group, highlighted by solid
ball movement throughout the
Pro Basketball
Staff photo by Kathy Aney
Tyler Newsome, of Pendleton, goes up for a shot Friday at Warberg Court as Putnam’s Brady Miller
reaches for the ball.
Prep Roundup
Rockets snap skid with win over Outlaws
Boys Basketball
Weinke scores 20 points,
helps Pilot Rock end
two-game losing streak
East Oregonian
PILOT ROCK — The Pilot Rock
Rockets started out their season as
good as any team could. They were
riding a fi ve-game winning streak
going into the second weekend of
December. That’s when the Rockets
dropped back-to-back games.
But Pilot Rock was able to turn
things around the fi rst day of the tour-
nament it’s hosting with a 52-37 (5-2)
victory over Enterprise.
The Rockets were led by senior
captain Chris Weinke, who notched a
game-high 20 points. Weinke’s coun-
terpart, senior captain Bryson Pierce,
chipped in 13 of his own.
Enterprise
Pilot Rock
37
52
“They played well, under control
basketball,” head coach Eric Smidt
said.
Smidt also praised the Rockets’
defensive efforts as Pilot Rock held
the Outlaws (3-3) to single-digit quar-
ters in the fi rst half.
Weinke and Pierce’s efforts go
beyond just being the top scorers,
as Smidt said they are mostly likely
averaging double-doubles.
For Enterprise, junior Dylan Marr
knocked down a team-high 11 points.
———
EHS
5 9 10 13 — 37
PR
11 13 12 16 — 52
ENTERPRISE — D. Marr 11, J. Even 8, R. Hayward
8, J. Wells 4, B. Locke 2, R. Masters 2, C. Bathke 1, B.
Greenshields 1.
PILOT ROCK — C. Weinke 20, B. Pierce 13, L. Weinke
4, R. Lankford 4, B. Key 2, A. Drake 1, C. Munkers 1.
3-pointers — EHS 7, PR 2. Free throws — EHS 4-6, PR
24-35. Fouls — EHS 20, PR 12.
NIXYAAWII 86, WALLOWA
40 — At Mission, Noah Enright
scored a game-high 21 points as
Nixyaawii earned its fi rst league win
of the season by thumping Wallowa
on Friday evening.
Four Golden Eagles (5-1, 1-0) in all
fi nished in double fi gures, with Deven
Barkley adding 17 points, Quanah
Picard adding 12 and Mick Schimmel
with 11. Christopher Nobles led
Wallowa (4-3, 0-1) with 19 points.
————
Pilot
Rock’s
Logan
Weinke (0)
shoots the
ball in the
Rockets’
52-37 win
against
Enterprise
on Friday
in Pilot
Rock.
Staff photo by
E.J. Harris
WHS
8 11
8 10 — 40
NCS
31 22 17 12 — 86
WALLOWA — C. Nobles 19, M. Moore 7, W. Prince 6,
S. Hilliard 2, R. Hafer 2, C. Goebel 2, F. DeVore 2.
NIXYAAWII — N. Enright 21, D. Barkley 17, Q. Picard
12, M. Schimmel 11, Moses Moses 5, D. Sigo 5, T.
Burns 4, L. Ortega 3, Magi Moses 2, R. Bronson 2, L.
Penney 2.
3-pointers — WHS 1, NCS 6. Free throws — WHS
5-12, NCS 12-18. Fouls — WHS 15, NCS 10.
See PREP ROUNDUP/3B
Sports shorts
Angels stay busy, sign All-Star
infi elder Cozart to 3-year deal
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — All-Star infi elder
Zack Cozart has agreed to a $38 million, three-
year contract with the Los Angeles Angels and
is likely to shift from shortstop to third base.
Cozart gets $13,666,000 next
season and $13,667,000 in each
of the fi nal two years of the deal
announced Friday.
The 32-year-old was a fi rst-time
All-Start this year. He hit .297 with
24 homers and 63 RBIs.
Cozart
Cozart has a .254 average in
seven big league seasons, all with
Cincinnati.
Gold Glove winner Andrelton Simmons is at
shortstop for the Angels. Los Angeles reached
an agreement last week with Japanese pitcher/
outfi elder Shohei Ohtani and acquired second
baseman Ian Kinsler from Detroit this week.
“I was telling him, `Go
home’ ... I’m not about
to get in a back-and-
forth with him. I’m not
about to give him my
energy.”
— Russell Westbrook
The Oklahoma City Thunder star
was tired of Philadelphia 76er
Joel Embiid as Embiid irked
Westbrook earlier in the game.
Westbrook got the last laugh,
and capped his triple-double,
52-minute effort with the fi nal as-
sist of the game, and the Thunder
pulled out a 119-117 victory on
Friday night.
Former employee says ESPN
was a hostile workplace
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A former ESPN
personality is accusing the network of trying
to silence her and other women who assert
they were subjected to a sexually hostile work
environment.
Adrienne Lawrence made the
accusation in a tweet Friday after
ESPN published a friendly text
message exchange between her and an anchor
she had accused of misconduct.
Lawrence fi led a complaint this summer
with the Connecticut Commission on Human
Rights and Opportunities.
She alleges, among other things, that she
was not offered a permanent job at ESPN after
complaining that anchor John Buccigross had
sent her unsolicited shirtless photos and used
inappropriate nicknames for her.
The network says it investigated Lawrence’s
complaints and found them without merit.
THIS DATE IN SPORTS
2006 — Morten Andersen
becomes the greatest scorer in
NFL history. The 46-year-old
Andersen breaks Gary Ander-
son’s career scoring record of
2,434 points with the second of
four extra points in the Atlanta
Falcons’ 38-28 loss to the
Dallas Cowboys.
2007 — Brett Favre
passes for 227 yards in Green
Bay’s 33-14 win over St.
Louis, eclipsing Dan Marino
to become the NFL career
leader in yards passing.
Favre, in his 17th season,
fi nishes the game with
61,405 yards. Marino had
61,361 in 17 seasons.
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