Thursday, Dec. 20

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Wilson's Molly Michelotti drives to hoop on Hillsboro. The Trojans, who dropped the Dec. 11 game 56-52, will compete in the Les Schwab Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-29 at Summit High School in Bend.Blazers: Denver plays at Portland at 7 p.m. (KGW 8). The Nuggets (14-12) have won three in a row but are only 7-6 on the road.

Andre Miller (24.9 minutes per game off the bench) is averaging 8.8 points and 5.2 assists for Denver.

The Blazers pulled to within a game of .500 Sunday with their last-second, 95-94 win at home over New Orleans on Damian Lillard’s 3-point basket. Portland is 7-4 at home, 4-8 on the road.

Statistical leaders for Portland — LaMarcus Aldridge, 21.0 points per game; J.J. Hickson, 10.5 rebounds; Lillard, 6.3 assists; Nicolas Batum, 1.73 steals; Aldridge, 1.32 blocks; Hickson, .566 field-goal shooting; Wesley Matthews, .395 3-point shooting; and Meyers Leonard, .862 free-throw shooting.

Men’s basketball: Portland State (2-5) opens its Big Sky season with a 7:30 game against Idaho State (1-7) at Stott Center. ISU lost by three points to Portland and by 52 to Oregon; PSU lost by 19 to the Pilots and 11 to the Ducks.

The Vikings’ top scorers are Renado Parker (11.9 points per game), Michael Harthun (11.0) and Dre Winston (10.6), Aaron Moore leads the team in rebounds (5.7) and Lateef McMullan is first in assists (3.0).

Friday, Dec. 21

Men’s basketball: No. 14-ranked Warner Pacific (9-4) takes on perennial small-college power Oregon Tech (10-6). The Cascade Collegiate Conference showdown starts at 7:30 p.m at Bart Valentine Court.

Women’s basketball: The Portland Pilots (4-7) get a crack at the Oregon Ducks (2-8), noon at Chiles Center. UP has won three in a row, scoring 70 or more points in each of those games. The Ducks are on a two-game win streak after an 0-8 start.

Kari Luttinen leads the Pilots in points per game (12.7), Cassandra Thompson is second in scoring (10.3) and rebounds (6.9), and Amy Pupa is first in rebounds (8.3). Thompson is shooting a team-high .522 from the field. Luttinen, a 5-10 sophomore guard from Seattle, earned West Coast Conference player of the week honors after notching game-high point totals of 18 and 17 in victories last week over Fresno State and Boise State.

The Ducks have the nation’s leading rebounder in 6-3 freshman Jillian Alleyne of Fontana, Calif., who has 15.0 rebounds per game. She grabbed a Pac-12-record 27 in a double-overtime loss to Portland State. She also tied the UO record with 38 points in that game and is averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Blazers: Phoenix and Portland, both struggling to stay afloat in the NBA Western Conference, meet at 7 p.m. at the Rose Garden (CSN).

Men’s basketball: PSU’s second Big Sky tilt is versus Damian Lillard’s alma mater, Weber State. The tip is at 7:30 p.m. at Stott Center. Without Lillard, the Wildcats are off to a 4-3 start. Weber State’s top scorer, 6-4 junior swingman Davion Berry, is averaging 14.3 points per game; Lillard averaged 24.5 last season.

Defending NAIA Division II champion Oregon Tech, off to a 1-3 start in league play, makes its regular-season appearance at Concordia to face the Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. The Cavs are 4-6 overall, 0-3 in league. Adam Herman, Concordia’s 6-6 all-league junior forward, leads the Cascade Collegiate Conference in scoring (25.1) and ranks second in rebounding (10.7).

Sunday, Dec. 23

Blazers: Portland takes a one-day trip to Sacramento for a 6 p.m. game. The Kings are 28th in NBA point differential.

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Blazers: Sacramento comes to the Rose Garden for a 7 p.m. game (CSN). It’ll be the fourth and final meeting of the teams this season — barring, by miracle, that they meet in the playoffs, of course.

Boys basketball: The Les Schwab Invitational returns to Liberty High. Among the first-round games: Central Catholic-Jefferson, 9 a.m., and Jesuit-Sheldon, noon. The tournament runs through Dec. 29, with the championship game at 8:30 p.m. Sixteen teams will play a total of 32 games.

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