This was one sweet homecoming for Elgin Cook. The rest of the Oregon Ducks made themselves at home, too.
The business of America is business, and the NCAA tournament is bad for business; ergo, the NCAA tournament is bad for America.
Despite the worst record in the NBA, the Bucks gave the Blazers trouble for most of the game. There were 23 lead changes in regulation, and neither team was able to pull ahead by double digits.
Danielle Hartzog, a senior from Beaverton, is the Athlete of the Week for March 13, 2014.
Joshua Reyes, a senior from Parkrose, is the Athlete of the Week of March 6, 2014.
Kameron Chatman, a senior at Columbian Christian, is the Athlete of the Week for Feb. 27, 2014.
The Blazers, playing without injured All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, lost for the fifth time in six games.
A look at the West Regional in the NCAA Men’s College Basketball tournament. The Oregon Ducks are a 7-seed and will play BYU on Thursday.
The surprises start right at the top of the NCAA tournament bracket: Virginia is a No. 1 seed.
It was the second game that Gaston Fernandez, the newly acquired Argentine forward, scored a late equalizer.
Some teams earned consecutive titles and others got back to the championship podium in the state basketball finals on Saturday.
Damian Lillard finished with 27 points, Nicolas Batum added 22 and Wesley Matthews had 20 for the Trail Blazers, who played without All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.
Damian Lillard had 23 points for Portland (42-23), which lost LaMarcus Aldridge to a bruised back early in the second half.
Portland lost its third straight, matching its longest skid of the season.
The Trail Blazers led by 3 in overtime after two free throws by Wesley Matthews. Houston took over from there, using an 8-2 run.
Gaston Fernandez scored in stoppage time to lift the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 draw with Philadelphia in front of a loud and wet home crowd.
Oregon’s winning streak put them back in the conversation for a possible NCAA tournament bid.
The new season opens for Portland on Saturday night against the Philadelphia Union at the newly renamed Providence Park.
The Blazers rallied from 30 points down in the first half to take the lead, but couldn’t hold off the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday.
Kyle Korver wound up with few chances and his NBA-record streak of 127 games with a 3-pointer was snapped.