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Shock win fifth in a row

Spokane closed the regular season with a 45-40 road win over Portland on Saturday. The Shock (11-7) won their fifth straight. They'll visit San Jose in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday at 7.

Quarterback Brian Zbydniewski tossed five touchdown passes. Both teams committed three turnovers but Spokane's Terrance Sanders scored on a 16-yard interception return.

Spokane (Erik Meyer) and Portland (Kyle Rowley) rested their starting quarterbacks with the playoffs coming up next week.

More below.

Shock close regular season at Portland

Spokane would like to keep its late-season roll going when it closes the regular season tonight at Portland.

The Shock are looking for their fifth straight win and want to avoid new entries to the injury list as they point to their Saturday, Aug. 2, playoff game against San Jose. .

More on Spokane-Portland here.

Shock want to keep momentum rolling

Spokane is trying to finish the regular season on a five-game winning streak, but it also wants to be healthy for the playoffs.

Read more here about Spokane's approach to the regular-season finale at Portland on Saturday.

Shock hold off Thunder, 58-48

Spokane got back into the win column on Friday, holding off Portland 58-48 at the Arena.

The victory ended Spokane's three-game losing skid. The Shock improved to 6-5 while Portland slipped to 3-8.

My unedited game story is below.


Retooled Shock take on Thunder

The Shock made a number of roster moves this week, several of which should be on display tonight when Portland visits the Arena.

Here's my game preview and the view from Portland.

Crazy as it sounds, if Arizona (10-0) beats San Jose (7-3) on Saturday night the Rattlers will clinch their fourth straight West Division title — with seven regular-season games remaining. Second-place L.A. (2-8) is idle this week.



Shock pull away for 55-27 win

Spokane won a sloppy, penalty-filled AFL game on Saturday night, pulling away with a big second half for a 55-27 victory over the Portland Thunder.

My unedited game story is below.

Day after Portland

The WCC standings speak loud and clear: Gonzaga, at 11-1, is in control, leading by 3½ games over its closest pursuer. But on the court, it’s also clear the Bulldogs have their hands full with just about every conference team.

Portland, picked ninth in the preseason poll, sits in sixth place after last night’s down-to-the-wire 71-66 loss to GU. But the Pilots own wins over Gonzaga (last month) and BYU. I'm still wondering how Portland is in sixth place.

Gonzaga needed Sam Dower Jr.’s buzzer-beater to defeat Santa Clara, tied with LMU for last place. Gonzaga trailed the Lions in the second half before rallying for a win in L.A. The Bulldogs edged visiting San Diego, now in seventh place, 65-63. In general, GU has handled the upper half in the standings, but still faces road rematches with BYU and Saint Mary's.

So, Gonzaga keeps winning but objects in the rear-view mirror are closer than they appear.

Here’s my game story and Colin Mulvany's photo gallery. More from Portland sports information and A.P. Here's a glance at Saturday's opponent Memphis and a notebook item on Dower's not-so-Super Sunday.

More below in my day-after Portland post.

Zags hang on, edge Pilots 71-66

Gonzaga played about 18 minutes of outstanding basketball, followed by about 17 minutes of lackluster basketball.

That left GU in a 56-52 hole, but the Bulldogs rallied behind the trio of David Stockton, Sam Dower Jr. and Kevin Pangos. The three scored Gonzaga's final 20 points as the Bulldogs pulled out a 71-66 win over Portland on Wednesday.

My unedited game story is below. I'll have a day-after post up in the morning.


Zags try to even score with Portland

Gonzaga's lone loss of the WCC season came last month against Portland, 82-73, at the Chiles Center. It wasn't a fluke as the Pilots dominated at both ends of the court, drained eight 3-pointers and snapped a 20-game losing streak in the series.

The rematch is Wednesday night with the first-place Zags trying to maintain a three-game lead in the loss column over their three closest pursuers. Here's my game preview.

—I also checked in with Portland senior forward Ryan Nicholas, the Gonzaga Prep product who has been a model of consistency for the Pilots. More on Nicholas here.


Zags suffer first WCC loss

Portland handed Gonzaga its first WCC loss, outplaying the visiting Bulldogs 82-73 Thursday at the Chiles Center.

The Bulldogs never led and trailed by as many as 17. Sam Dower Jr. led Gonzaga with 14 points, despite appearing to be in pain on several occasions. He missed two games recently with a lower back injury.

Read on for an unedited game recap.

Zags take on Portland

Latest addition to the injury list: Me. My annual locked-up back is a bit more severe than usual. I've moved about 70 feet in the last 30 hours and sitting isn't an option. So I'll be monitoring GU-Portland tonight from the couch instead of courtside at the Chiles Center.

Here's my short preview of the Pilots and a game glance.

Day after Portland

Another Senior Day is over (more on that below) and now Gonzaga sits and waits for the polls to be released Monday to see if the Zags have a No. 1 by their name for the first time in school history. Most think it'll happen, but final word won't come until Monday morning.

Here are the day-after Portland links: My game story, Dan Pelle's photos, John Blanchette's column. More articles here, here and here.

Read on for more.

Zags thump Portland on Senior Day

Gonzaga completed a 16-0 WCC campaign by routing Portland 81-52 on Saturday at the MAC.

The Bulldogs sent seniors Elias Harris, Guy Landry Edi and Mike Hart out in style with an easy win in front of an appreciative crowd of 6,000.

My unedited game story is below.

Check back tomorrow morning for a day-after post.

GU entertains Portland on Senior Day

It's usually Senior Night, but with tipoff at 2 to accommodate the WCC Game of the Week telecast, Gonzaga will celebrate Senior Day against Portland at the MAC.

In addition to honoring Elias Harris, Mike Hart and Guy Landry Edi, the Bulldogs will try to conclude an unbeaten march through the WCC and stay on course for the program's first ever No. 1 ranking when the polls are released Monday.

Here's a look at the careers of Gonzaga's three seniors

GU is also in the news in the New York Times and Austin American-Statesman.

In-game updates from GU-Portland on twitter @srjimm.

Day after Portland

Better late than never.


I was actually at the Portland airport even earlier than I anticipated this morning. That’s what happens when the person in the hotel room above yours for some reason decides to walk a marathon all night. Not sure of their official time, but it seemed like 4 hours and change.

I started this day-after post at the Portland airport, finished 90 percent of it in the air, but wasn't able to post it with a tight connection in Chicago.


Here are the links: S-R game story, Oregonian and A.P.


Read on for more. Check back later for my GU-Butler preview.


Zags roll to 8th straight win

Gonzaga dominated Portland 71-49 at the Chiles Center on Thursday for one of the easier wins in its current eight-game streak.

The Bulldogs led by 14 in the first seven minutes. They were up 10 at half and then held the Pilots scoreless over the final seven minutes.

Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points in 19 minutes of playing time and Kevin Pangos added 14.

My unedited game story is below.

Zags hit refresh button

Ah, the things you learn at Gonzaga media day. Classes for spring semester started Tuesday and Kevin Pangos offered a glimpse at his courses.

“I've got yoga, again,” Pangos said. “I'm a phys ed major so I've got some tough ones — anatomy, physiology.”

Beyond that, we concentrated on Gonzaga's rare break in the conference season, going a week between games and enjoying a game-free weekend. That ends quickly with another road trip, at Portland on Thursday and Butler on Saturday.

Here's my notebook that ran in today's S-R. I'm working on a Kelly Olynyk feature that will run in Thursday's S-R.

Day after Portland

A plane to catch, a day-after post to prepare.

You know the drill. Here's a link to my game story and the Oregonian's recap, Elsewhere, Saint Mary's remained unbeaten in conference with a 71-64 road win over Loyola Marymount. The Gaels visit BYU on Saturday.

Read on.

Zags ground Pilots with big second half

Good evening from the Chiles Center. Compared to the 4,852 inside here earlier, there's six of us in the building right now, five people on the maintenance crew and myself. I can tell they want me out of here so they can break down the media tables so I'll get a move on.

Strange game, and not just because they used a women's-sized ball for the first 90 seconds or so before one of the players brought it to the attention of the officials. Portland outworked, outplayed and outcoached Gonzaga in the first half — Mark Few's assessment — before the Zags roared back with a 49-point second half to win 74-62. The final score was a bit deceiving. GU was pressed to the closing minutes.

Read on below for my game story and check back tomorrow for a day-after post. 

Gonzaga closes first half at Portland

Good morning. I'm about to hop on the plane for Portland for tonight's game so here' s a quick update.

Here's my GU-Portland preview (wth a few notes on the bottom), a little more on the contest and a preview from the Oregonian. We'll be back tonight where you can get in-game updates at


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