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Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia Secondary School’s Owen McRoberts, who poured in a team-high 14 points, prepares to drive the paint during heated second-quarter action Friday in the opening contest of the 73rd annual Orillia Blackball Classic. OSS lost 50-45 to St. Joseph’s in the junior boys’ contest. Action culminates Saturday night with championship games in both junior and senior divisions.

OSS opens Blackball with loss

Canada’s longest continuously running high-school basketball tournament debuted at a new venue Friday, when action tipped off in the gleaming, new gym of Orillia Secondary School (OSS), which opened last year.

Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) celebrates with teammate DeMar DeRozan (10) after scoring a bucket against the Jazz during second half NBA action in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

Raps win sixth straight on road

The Raptors will have a Merry Christmas after opening one of the toughest stretches of the season with an impressive 104-98 road win over an excellent Utah Jazz team.

Craig Sager, the longtime NBA sideline reporter famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a batter with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (David J. Phillip/AP Photo/Files)

Colourful reporter Craig Sager dies

Craig Sager, the longtime NBA sideline reporter famous for his flashy suits and probing questions, has died after a battle with cancer, Turner Sports announced Thursday. He was 65.

Grizzlies wrap up first half

The Georgian Grizzlies men’s and women’s basketball teams played their final games of the first half of the season as they hosted the George Brown Huskies at Barrie's Georgian Athletic Centre on Friday night.

Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas reacts during first half NBA action against the Hawks at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Raps ground and pound Hawks

Pound the rock has morphed into pound opponents. Dwane Casey's catch-phrase used to be all about working hard, chipping away, and one day breaking through.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry smiles as he takes the court after greeting members of the Nuggets during NBA action in Denver on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

Raptors hold on for OT win

At the beginning of a five game trip, most of which will occur on West Coast time where the Raptors routinely struggle, this was a nice way to get things started off.

Mark Wanzel/Postmedia Network Marlee Sanderson of the Orillia Nighthawks attempts to drive past the St Joan of Arc Knight defense during Tuesday's semifinal held at St Joan of Arc.

Nighthawks top perfect season

The Orillia Secondary School (OSS) junior girls' basketball team capped their perfect season with two dominant, impressive victories in Barrie Tuesday to win the Georgian Bay Secondary School Association (GBSSA) title, putting an exclamation mark on a memorable year on the hardcourt.

Thunder forward Kyle Singler (15) defends as Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the basket during first half NBA action in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (Alonzo Adams/AP Photo)

DeRozan sinks 37 in win

Almost one calendar year ago, the Raptors came here and knocked off the mighty Thunder, a victory that most would argue gave the team the nudge and confidence it needed to emerge as one of the class squads in the NBA.

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan sits on the bench against the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 6, 2016. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

'It's a mockery, it's a joke': Raps on Trump

Russell Westbrook was one of the topics du jour after Raptors shootaround on Wednesday morning, but something else also received equal attention – reaction to Donald Trump's stunning presidential victory on Tuesday night.

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