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MONDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Portland, LA will square off for NBA summer league crown; Hops drop series opener vs. Boise; Winterhawks sign draft pics; Hawken 2nd in WCL HR derby

BLAZERS

Portland 97, Memphis 92

The Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers have played themselves into a rematch of last year's Las Vegas Summer League championship game.

Archie Goodwin scored 22 points — making 14 of 16 free-throw attempts — and Caleb Swanigan collected 21 points and 16 rebounds as Portland held off Memphis in one Monday night semifinal game.

Josh Hart tallied 37 points to lead the Lakers to a 112-109 victory over Cleveland in the first semifinal.

Portland and Los Angeles (both 6-0) will meet in Tuesday's 7 p.m. final on ESPN. The teams played for last year's title, the Lakers coming out on top.

Memphis led 24-19 after one quarter, but the Blazers were ahead 46-44 at the half.

Portland was in front 81-70 with six minutes left, and Swanigan's three-point play made the score 91-81 with 1:19 to go. The Grizzlies closed to within 95-92 with 10.4 seconds left, but Goodwin put the win on ice by knocking down a pair at the line with 8.1 ticks remaining.

Swanigan had by far his best game of summer league, sinking 9 of 13 shots from the field in his 30 minutes. He had 12 points and 12 rebounds at halftime.

Zach Collins contributed 13 points and 12 boards, and John Jenkins added 13 points.

Wade Baldwin IV had by far his worst game of summer league, scoring eight points on 2 for 13 from the field and 3 for 6 from the line, with nine turnovers in 25 minutes.

Brandon Goodwin scored 27 points to lead Memphis.  

• Robin Jones, a backup big man for the 1977 NBA champion Blazers, has died in Chicago at age 64.

The 6-9 Jones, nicknamed "Rubberband Man" for his lanky frame, signed with Portland as a free agent in August 1975. He averaged 5.5 points per game in his lone Blazers season, playing behind Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas.

The Blazers trded him to Houston in August 1977 for big man Tom Owens.

HOPS

Boise 3, HILLSBORO 2

The visiting Hawks went ahead 3-2 with a run in the top of the fifth inning and made the lead stand up the rest of the way in the teams' series opener at Ron Tonkin Field.

Boise (18-13) cut into Hillsboro's lead in the Class A Northwest League South Division. The Hops fell to 21-10, the best record in the league.

The series has two more games — 7 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Seven games remain in the race for the first-half South title.

Boise out-hit Hillsboro 11-8 in the series opener, and all three runs came off Kenny Hernandez (2-2), who pitched five innings of relief and gave up nine hits.

Keshawn Lynch and Jose Caballero each had two hits for the Hops before the Monday night crowd of 3,229.

WINTERHAWKS

Portland has signed both of the players it selected last month in the Canadian Hockey League import draft.

Forward Dean Schwenninger from Switzerland is entering his 17-year-old season and will be eligible for the NHL draft for the first time in 2019.

Winger Michal Kvasnica from the Czech Republic is entering his 18-year-old season.

With Henri Jokiharju and Joachim Blichfeld expected to begin their professional careers, Schwenninger and Kvasnica give Portland its two players from outside North America for the 2018-19 Western Hockey League season.

Schwenninger, a 5-7 center, played last season at both the under-17 and under-19 levels in Switzerland. He has played in 15 games internationally for Switzerland at the U17 level, producing five goals and four assists.

Kvasnica, a 6-1 winger, played for the the Czech Republic at the 2018 World Junior Under-18 Championships, producing two goals and two assists in seven games.

At the 2018 Five Nations Under-18 Tournament, Kvasnica had two goals in four games. In 2017, he had one goal in five games to help the Czech Republic win a silver medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

WCL

Cody Hawken, a Corvallis Knights summer baseball player from the University of Portland, finished second in the West Coast League home run derby in a tiebreaker round Monday night at Port Angeles, Washington.

Ron Brown, from the University of Houston and the host Port Angeles Lefties, was the winner.

Brown led all competitors in the first round, whacking 21 homers. Hawken had 13.

In the finals, Hawken went first and had 10 HRs. Brown then hit 10.

The players then went to a hit-off. Hawken pounded out four home runs on his five swings. Brown, up next, knocked all five balls over the fence.

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