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    SPORTS
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018
1B
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PENDLETON
Bucks get fi rst wins of 2018
Pendleton girls win
sixth straight, boys
stop losing skid
By ERIC SINGER
East Oregonian
PENDLETON — For the
fi rst 21 minutes of play Tuesday
evening, Pendleton’s fi rst game
of 2018 looked like a regrettable
performance for the Buckaroos.
The Buckaroo girls did not have
the look of a team
that was riding
Girls
a fi ve-game win Basketball
streak,
instead
they looked like
the young team
that was lost early
Dallas
in the season,
and trailed Dallas
31-21 with 5:25
left in the third
quarter.
“Sadly,
that
Pendleton
might’ve
been
one of the poorest
games
we’ve
played all year,”
Pendleton coach Kevin Porter said.
“We weren’t patient on offense, we
forced the ball when we didn’t need
to ... we just didn’t have the effort
I thought we should’ve had to start
tonight.”
However, for the fi nal 13-plus
minutes of the game, the Buckaroos
played like a team on fi re. Pend-
leton chipped away at Dallas’ lead
as the third quarter ticked away, and
continued to gain momentum in the
fourth quarter while the Dragons
stumbled. Over that fi nal 13-plus
minute stretch, Pendleton outscored
the Dragons 28-11 to steal a 49-42
win for its sixth consecutive victory.
“I don’t know what switch they
fl ipped, but I’m glad they fl ipped
it,” Porter said.
Kalan McGlothan powered
Pendleton’s comeback with another
monster game and yet another
double-double. She fi nished with
25 points and 13 rebounds, with 17
points coming in the second half.
Jaiden Lemberger was the only
other Buckaroo in double fi gures
with 13 points. Porter says that
the way McGlothan performs and
the productions she gives game
after game is surprising, but not
surprising at the same time.
“She loves basketball and
she puts the effort in,” Porter
said. “She’s never going to get
Prep Roundup
Pirates
take
down
Rockets
Riverside girls win
sixth straight game
East Oregonian
42
49
Staff photo by Kathy Aney
Kalan McGlothan (34), of Pendleton, goes up for a jumper as Zoe Whitlow (32), of Dallas, tries to block
Tuesday at Warberg Court.
outworked. She’s 5-foot-8 and plays
like she’s 6-foot-8. I tell the kids
every day to play at a level you’re
opponent is not willing to play at,
and I don’t have to tell her that, she
just does it.”
Pendleton (7-5) controlled most
of the fi rst quarter, getting the ball
inside to the posts and drawing fouls
to earn the majority of its 12 fi rst-
quarter points from the free throw
line. But after a slow start, Dallas
(6-3) roared back to take a 13-12
lead at the quarter break, and then
held the lead for the entire second
quarter for a 24-19 advantage at
halftime.
The Dragons slowly built up
their advantage to its largest lead
of 11 points with four minutes
See BUCKS/3B
BOARDMAN — There is
no stopping the Riverside girls
basketball team as the Pirates
wrapped up the brunt of their
nonleague schedule Tuesday.
In the fi rst of two games
at Riverside High, the Pirates
hosted the Pilot Rock Rockets
— who won three of their last
fi ve games.
The Rockets, however,
were no match for the streaking
Pirates as Riverside handed
Pilot Rock a 45-35 loss.
Led by junior Alondra
Caldera, who scored a game-
high 16 points, the Pirates
(10-2) claimed their sixth
consecutive victory.
The Rockets (8-4) made
things interesting to start, and
held their own to give River-
side a narrow 15-11 lead after
the fi rst quarter.
Both teams were held to
single digits in the second
quarter, but the Pirates were
able to bounce back after the
break and outscored Pilot Rock
22-14 in the second half.
Along with Caldera’s game
best performance, she notched
fi ve assists and fi ve rebounds.
For the Rockets, junior
Kaitelyn Evans was the top
scorer with 12 points.
UP NEXT
Riverside will travel to
Nyssa Friday to open league
play. Tipoff is scheduled for 5
p.m.
Pilot Rock will host two
nonleague games before it
opens league play. First up
on the schedule is a 6 p.m.
matchup with Imbler on Friday.
———
PR
11 8
7
7 — 35
RHS
15 9 10 11 — 45
PILOT ROCK — K. Evans 12, S. Weinke 8, G.
Austin 6, K. Deist 5, R. Oates 3, L. Brewer 1.
RIVERSIDE — A. Caldera 16, F. Rosen 8,
Br. Avalos 6, E. Daltoso 6, S. Wightman 4, A.
Hernandez 3, C. Garcia 2.
3-pointers — PR 1, RHS 2. Free throws
— PR 10-22, RHS 13-29. Fouls — PR 20,
RHS 19.
See PREPS/3B
Pro Basketball
Thomas has smashing debut as Cavs down Trail Blazers
By TOM WITHERS
Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Isaiah
Thomas showed fl ashes of
what made him an All-Star
in his long-awaited Cleve-
land debut as the Cavaliers
snapped a three-game losing
streak with a 127-110 win
over the Portland Trail
Blazers on Tuesday night.
Thomas scored 17 points
and played 19 minutes in his
fi rst game in seven months,
an impressive return to
action for the dynamic point
guard. Thomas added three
3-pointers and three assists
before leaving with 8:10 left
and the Cavs
Wade teamed
NBA
up by 12.
up in the fourth
LeBron
quarter.
James scored
Thomas,
Cleveland who fi nished 6
24
points, Portland
Kevin
Love
of 12 from the
had 19 and Jae
fi eld, knocked
Crowder added
down a jumper
15 for the Cavs, who were and then fi red a pass toward
coming off losses at Golden the baseline to a cutting
State, Sacramento and Utah. Wade, who made a reverse
Damian Lillard scored 25 layup. On Cleveland’s next
for the Blazers after missing possession, Thomas spotted
fi ve games with a hamstring up in the corner in front
injury. Jusuf Nurkic added 23 of Cleveland’s bench and
and CJ McCollum had 19 for buried a 3-pointer to give the
Portland.
Cavs a 100-91 lead.
The Cavs were unable to
A few moments later,
separate from the Blazers James was sent in for
until Thomas and Dwyane Thomas, who fi rst got a
110
127
hug from his teammate and
another from coach Tyronn
Lue as the crowd roared.
Thomas hadn’t played
since May 19 because of a
torn labrum in his hip that
ended his 2017 postseason
with Boston and threatened
to derail his career. But the
5-foot-9 playmaker, who
inspired the Celtics and an
entire city last year, patiently
stuck with his rehab.
With 4:33 left in the fi rst
quarter, Thomas, wearing
his familiar headband and
No. 3, checked in to a loud
ovation as Cleveland fans
fi nally got to see a player
See BLAZERS/3B
AP Photo/Tony Dejak
Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas, right, drives past Portland Trail
Blazers’ Shabazz Napier in Tuesday’s game in Cleveland.
Sports shorts
Bengals to keep Marvin Lewis as
head coach through 2019
CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis
got a two-year contract extension Tuesday, yet
two more chances to try to get the Cincinnati
Bengals that playoff victory that has eluded him
for 15 seasons.
The agreement came after a
second straight losing season
and two days of discussions with
owner Mike Brown. Lewis has the
second-longest active coaching
tenure in the NFL, behind Bill
Belichick’s 18 seasons with New
Lewis
England.
Unlike Belichick, who has won fi ve Super
Bowls and made two other appearances in the
title game, Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs, the
worst such coaching record in NFL history. The
Bengals have yet to win a playoff game since
the 1990 season, the sixth-longest streak of
futility in league history.
“I think I’m the hottest
guy in Buffalo right now.
According to my Twitter,
I think everybody’s
loving us right now.
Obviously that’s a crazy
fan base and they’re all
pretty excited.”
— Andy Dalton
The Bengals quarterback said of
his role in Buffalo’s long-awaited
playoff appearance.
Dalton threw a 49-yard touch-
down pass with 44 seconds left
to eliminate the Ravens and open
a spot for the Bills, who got the
fi nal AFC wild-card berth.
Arizona QB Carson Palmer
retiring after 15 seasons in NFL
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals QB
Carson Palmer is retiring after 15 NFL seasons.
Palmer, who turned 38 last week, made the
announcement in an open letter released Tuesday
by the Cardinals. Palmer missed
the last nine games of what would
be his fi nal season with a broken
left arm.
He called his long professional
career “the most incredible
experience of my life.”
Palmer
The statement came one day
after Cardinals coach Bruce Arians
announced his retirement. Arians and Palmer
spent the last fi ve seasons together.
Palmer was a Heisman Trophy winner at
USC and the No. 1-overall pick by Cincinnati
in 2002. He threw for 46,247 yards, 12th-most
in NFL history, in a career with the Bengals,
Oakland and Arizona.
THIS DATE IN SPORTS
1920 — Boston Red Sox
owner Harry Frazee sells
pitcher-outfi elder Babe Ruth
to the New York Yankees for
$125,000 plus a $350,000 loan.
1993 — The Buffalo
Bills stage pro football’s
biggest comeback to beat
the Houston Oilers 41-38 in
overtime in the fi rst round of
the NFL playoffs.
2016 — Jimmy Butler
breaks Michael Jordan’s
team record for points in a
half, scoring 40 of his 42 after
the break to lead the Chicago
Bulls over the Toronto
Raptors 115-113. Jordan had
39, also in the second half, in
a game against Milwaukee in
1989.
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