Basin Sports Update, Monday, Jan. 27 – Blazers Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant

Wynne Broadcasting’s Randy Adams has been covering local Klamath Basin sports for 40 years and is the voice of the Henley Hornets and Mazama Vikings on radio at 106.5FM/1240AM The Winner CBS Sports Radio and 102.5/1450AM KFLS. Hear his daily morning show on Sunny 107!

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MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020

Like most, if not all, of the NBA community, Damian Lillard was hurting coming into the game versus the Pacers after news broke earlier in the day that Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other souls died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in Los Angeles.

Lillard, like many of his peers, was unsure how he could play just hours after losing an idol, peer and friend.

But Lillard was able to fight through the emotions to put up another 50-point performance in Portland’s 139-129 victory versus the Pacers in front of a sellout crowd of 19,663 Sunday night at the Moda Center.

The Trail Blazers are now 20-27 overall and 11-11 at home this season. Portland has now won 11 straight games at home versus the Pacers and the last five regardless of location.

The game started with the Trail Blazers honoring Bryant, who wore No. 24, by purposefully taking a 24-second violation. On the next possession, the Pacers took an eight-second violation, an homage to the number Bryant first wore when he entered the NBA.

With Lillard continuing a hot streak the likes of which have never been seen in Portland, the Blazers took a nine-point lead into the second quarter, and after outscoring the Pacers by one in the second, took a 10-point advantage into the intermission.

Life goes on even in the face of unspeakable tragedy. Sunday’s Civil War still had to be played, despite devastating circumstances.

The unbridled joy of sport was shattered by grief for the UO women’s Basketball Team, less than two hours before tipoff at Oregon State.

The Ducks and Beavers played shortly after news broke of the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, the father of four daughters and a spirited advocate of women’s athletics who attended UO women’s basketball and volleyball games earlier this academic year.

Bryant and one of his daughters, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning that also claimed the lives of three family members of former Oregon baseball player JJ Altobelli.

The tragedy cast a pall over No. 4 Oregon’s victory Sunday afternoon, 66-57, the Ducks’ first win in Gill Coliseum since 2010.

News of the tragedy began to circulate about 75 minutes before the opening tipoff. The Ducks warmed up without senior Sabrina Ionescu, who had developed a close bond with the Bryant family over the last few years.

Ionescu finally took the floor when the Ducks returned from their locker room just before the national anthem. She fought back tears during a moment of silence in Bryant’s memory, then went on to score a team-high 19 points in the game, including four free throws in the final minute.

Family members of former Oregon Ducks baseball player J.J. Altobelli were among those who were killed in a helicopter crash that also took the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

Altobelli’s father, Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, was one of nine people aboard the helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning. 

This from the Oregon baseball program:  “Our hearts are with former Duck great J.J. Altobelli after today’s tragedy in Calabasas. Deep roots with Oregon baseball amongst many others. Our deepest condolences to J.J., his family, the Bryant family, and all that were lost…we love you all.”

Skyline Conference Boys Basketball Standings
(As of 1/24/20)
League / Overall
W   L   W   L

Phoenix 2 0 9 6
Hidden Valley 1 0 9 5
North Valley 1 1 11 4
Klamath Union 1 1 11 5
Mazama 0 1 5 9
Henley 0 2 10 6

Skyline Conference Girls Basketball Standings (As of 1/24/20)
League Overall
W L W L

Henley 2 0 11 5
Hidden Valley 1 0 13 2
Mazama 1 0 7 5
Phoenix 1 1 8 6
Klamath Union 0 2 7 9
North Valley 0 2 5 10

OSAA Boys Basketball Scores
Friday, January 24, 2020
(Southern Oregon Region)

6A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
6A-7 Southwest Conference:
NORTH MEDFORD 55, Sheldon 47
GRANTS PASS 56, South Medford 55
SOUTH EUGENE 69, Roseburg 54

5A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
5A-2 Midwestern League:
SPRINGFIELD 52, Eagle Point 31
WILLAMETTE 73, Ashland 42
CRATER 80, Thurston 40
CHURCHILL 77, North Bend 52

4A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
4A-4 Sky Em League:
Marshfield 64, SIUSLAW 55
Marist Catholic 75, JUNCTION CITY 66
Cottage Grove 53, ELMIRA 51 (OT)

4A-5 Skyline Conference:
North Valley 54, MAZAMA 48
Phoenix 54, HENLEY 50

3A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
3A-4 Mountain Valley Conference:
CRESWELL 66, La Pine 49
HARRISBURG 55, Santiam Christian 50

3A-5 Far West League:
ST. MARY’S-MEDFORD 75, Brookings-Harbor 66
Cascade Christian 65, DOUGLAS 36
Sutherlin 58, SOUTH UMPQUA 36

2A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
2A-3 Central Valley Conference:
REGIS 56, Central Linn 43
Monroe 58, EAST LINN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 52
OAKLAND 69, Lowell 29

2A-4 Sunset Conference:
COQUILLE 48, Bandon 40
MYRTLE POINT 59, Waldport 42
Toledo 95, GOLD BEACH 32

2A-5 Southern Cascade League:
BUTTE FALLS/CRATER LAKE CHARTER ACADEMY 89, Bonanza 30
Glide 67, CANYONVILLE ACADEMY 30
ILLINOIS VALLEY 65, Lakeview 50
Lost River 80, ROGUE RIVER 47

1A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
1A-4 Skyline League:
CAMAS VALLEY 54, New Hope Christian 22
North Douglas 45, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 39
Yoncalla 62, ELKTON 40

1A-5 Mountain Valley League:
Central Christian 72, CHILOQUIN 33
HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 64, Paisley 58 (2OT)
Triad 68, PROSPECT CHARTER 20
North Lake 57, GILCHRIST 15

OSAA Girls Basketball Scores
Friday, January 24, 2020
(Southern Oregon Region)

6A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
6A-7 Southwest Conference:
SOUTH MEDFORD 78, Grants Pass 33
South Eugene 51, ROSEBURG 28
SHELDON 63, North Medford 30

5A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
5A-2 Midwestern League:
WILLAMETTE 47, Ashland 33
CRATER 53, Thurston 39
Eagle Point 40, SPRINGFIELD 34
Churchill 50, NORTH BEND 22

4A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
4A-4 Sky Em League:
Cottage Grove 55, ELMIRA 29
Marist Catholic at JUNCTION CITY 7:15pm
Marshfield 34, SIUSLAW 29

4A-5 Skyline Conference:
MAZAMA 50, North Valley 29
HENLEY 58, Phoenix 38

3A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
3A-4 Mountain Valley Conference:
Santiam Christian 45, HARRISBURG 39
La Pine at CRESWELL 7:30pm

3A-5 Far West League:
Sutherlin 49, SOUTH UMPQUA 38
Brookings-Harbor 64, ST. MARY’S-MEDFORD 43
DOUGLAS 41, Cascade Christian 31

2A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
2A-3 Central Valley Conference:
Jefferson 66, OAKRIDGE 19
OAKLAND 45, Lowell 22
Monroe 45, EAST LINN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 17
REGIS 41, Central Linn 40

2A-4 Sunset Conference:
Toledo 57, GOLD BEACH 51
Bandon 49, COQUILLE 45
Waldport 54, MYRTLE POINT 37

2A-5 Southern Cascade League:
Bonanza 49, BUTTE FALLS/CRATER LAKE CHARTER ACADEMY 25
Lakeview at ILLINOIS VALLEY 7:30pm
Lost River 56, ROGUE RIVER 31

1A Contests – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
1A-4 Skyline League:
New Hope Christian at CAMAS VALLEY 6:00pm
Pacific / Powers 44, RIDDLE 25
ELKTON 50, Yoncalla 35

1A-5 Mountain Valley League:
CHILOQUIN 44, Central Christian 32
Paisley 36, HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 22
North Lake 48, GILCHRIST 29
PROSPECT CHARTER 36, Triad 28

Friendship Tournament:
Livingstone Adventist Academy 60, MILO ADVENTIST ACADEMY 13

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