Losses for Portland State, Portland and others
Up and down the court, field and rink with a summation of Saturday, Dec. 30, in some local sports … and a look at Sunday:
• Portland State's men's basketball team opened its Big Sky season with a surprising 80-75 loss at Sacramento State. Coach Barret Peery's squad got out-shot after building a 16-point lead in the first 10 minutes, and the Hornets were able to handle PSU's full-court pressure.
• The Portland Pilots of coach Terry Porter started and finished slowly at Chiles Center as they fell to San Francisco, 84-61, and slipped to 0-2 in the West Coast Conference.
• The Trail Blazers, still minus injured point guard Damian Lillard, were a mess at Atlanta. The Hawks dominated the second half to win, 104-89, dropping Portland to 18-17 in its final game of the calendar year.
The Blazers are seventh in the NBA Western Conference, a half-game ahead of New Orleans (18-18), which lost 105-103 at home to New York.
Portland is 2 1/2 games in front of the ninth-place Los Angeles Clippers (15-19) and 3 1/2 games ahead of No. 10 Utah (15-21).
Denver (19-17) fell to 19-17 with a 107-102 loss at home to Philadelphia.
Oklahoma City (20-16) is fifth in the West.
• The Portland Winterhawks got to overtime at Seattle but lost 4-3 to the Thunderbirds in Kent, Washington.
• On the final day of the Les Schwab Invitational boys basketball tournament at Liberty High, Jefferson defeated Grant 79-74 for third place. Jeff led 49-34 at the half. The Generals rallied to open the second half and pulled ahead in the fourth quarter before a final Democrats surge.
Jesuit won a consolation game over Oregon City, 51-41.
• The Pac-12 finished 1-8 in bowl games for 2017, as Washington couldn't keep up with Penn State and lost 35-28 in Saturday's Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, Arizona.
Opponents outscored Pac-12 teams 317-230. The eight losses came by an average of nearly two touchdowns.
• One of the biggest games of the season is back for Portland Winterhawks fans. The Hawks play host to Seattle at 7 p.m. in what has become an annual New Year's Eve junior hockey ritual.
• It's make or miss for the Seattle Seahawks. A berth in the NFL playoffs is on the line on the final day of the regular season. Seattle (9-6) needs to win at home against Arizona (1:25 p.m. kickoff) and have Atlanta (9-6) lose at home to New Orleans to get a wild-card spot in the NFC postseason.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans are in a similar, but slightly better, situation in the AFC. The Titans (8-7) can get in if they beat visiting Jacksonville (1:25 p.m.). If they lose, they probably are out, although they'd advance with losses by the Los Angeles Chargers (to visiting Oakland) and Buffalo (at Miami).
• Pac-12 basketball play resumes, with Oregon and Oregon State at home for men's and women's games.
In chronological order, the OSU women take on Washington State at 11 a.m., the UO women face Washington at 1 p.m., OSU's men play Utah at 3 p.m., and Oregon's men battle Colorado at 7 p.m.
Oregon women's coach Kerry Graves is searching for his 500th career win. He has 246 losses in a 23-plus-year career that has taken him from Big Bend Community College to Saint Mary's to Gonzaga to UO.