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OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/1981: Timbers lose playoff game 8-7; Ducks rank fifth in nation (in men's gymnastics)

Feb. 19-20, 1981

BATESBilly Ray Bates rescues the Trail Blazers with 16 second-half points and 24 total as they win, 115-106, over a lowly (15-51) Detroit Pistons team playing its third game in three nights and down to eight players. "He's great, great," Detroit coach Scotty Robertson says.

The next night, at New Jersey, former Portland Pilots guard Darwin Cook scores a career-high 30 points to lead the Nets past the Blazers 123-113 in overtime.

• The Portland Timbers suffer an 8-7 sudden-death overtime loss at the Chicago Sting in the North American Soccer League indoor playoffs. Portland goalie Mick Poole makes 22 saves for coach Vic Crowe. Other key Timbers include Stuart Lee, John Bain, Dale Mitchell and Willie Anderson.

• The Oregon Ducks, ranked fifth in the nation in men's gymnastics, wins over Portland State at PSU — as UO Athletic Director John Caine prepares to recommend discontinuing the sport, along with men's and women's swimming due to financial problems in the athletic department.

• Center Steve Johnson of 22-0 Oregon State is about to finish first in the Pac-10 in points per game (20.4) and field-goal percentage (.761).

• Jose Slaughter sinks a rainbow 20-footer at the buzzer as the Portland Pilots knock Pepperdine out of first place in the West Coast Athletic Conference with a 78-76 victory at Malibu, Calif.

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