Last weekend marked another high-intensity weekend for basketball in Portland. Six games were held at Multnomah University, featuring lots of overseas and NBA talent.
Saturday's first game featured the Vancouver Volcanoes and Team Next Level. Although the game was close at halftime, the Volcanoes stepped up and outscored Next Level coming out of the break. Garrett Sim led the Volcanoes in points, with 41, but the win was a team effort, with each player on the Volcanoes scoring in double figures. The Volcanoes won game one 176-138.
The second game on Saturday tipped off at 4:00, with Team Green facing the Huskies. Team Green wasted no time, and put up 43 points in the first quarter. Jaili Bassett finished the game with 47 points for Team Green, while shooting at 52% from the field. The Huskies couldn't quite make a comeback, and Team Green took game two with a score of 129-116.
The final game on Saturday featured Team Takeover and the Beaverton Soldiers. Terrence Jones led his own team to victory, with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Soldiers led at the half, but Team Takeover had a fourth quarter comeback, finishing the game 117-111.
Sunday's first game was a showcase of Team Green and the Beaverton Soldiers. Bobby Evans worked his way to 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Soldiers, playing alongside Cameron McCaffrey who led the Soldiers with 21 points. Jordan Railey and Nick Green both scored 27 points for Team Green, but that wasn't enough to keep the Soldiers from coming out victorious. The final score was 107-102.
Terrence Ross coached his team, the Huskies, in game two where they faced the Vancouver Volcanoes. Porter Troupe scored 27 for the Volcanoes, along with 8 rebounds. EJ Singler was right behind Troupe, with 26 points. Although Tyrone White Jr. had another stellar game with 32 points and 21 rebounds, the Huskies fell to the Volcanoes with a final score of 141-129.
The final game of the weekend featured Team Takeover and Team Next Level. Terrence Ross stepped on the court for Team Takeover, scoring 24 points in only 23 minutes played. Mike James put up 59 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for Next Level, leading them to a two point victory over Team Takeover, with the final score being 133-131.
Terrence Ross Returns to Portland to play in Pro-Am
Many people know Terrence Ross as the 2013 NBA slam dunk champion, or a small forward/shooting guard for the Toronto Raptors, but this summer Ross is spending some time on the court at Multnomah University playing in the Portland Pro-Am.
Ross is a Portland native, and played high school basketball with Terrence Jones, where the two led Jefferson High School to the 5A OSAA state championship title. After high school, Ross took his talents to University of Washington, where he was named first team all Pac-12 in his sophomore season. In 2012, Ross was drafted by the Toronto Raptors, with the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft. During his rookie season, Ross won the NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Ross also took part in the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest, where the he helped lead the East to the victory over the West, beating out Damian Lillard in the one-on-one battles. Click here to watch Ross in the 2014 slam dunk contest.
Last weekend, Ross played for Team Takeover in the Portland Pro-Am, where he scored 24 points in just 23 minutes played, shooting at 52% from the field. Ross also made time for the fans, signing autographs and taking photos before and after the game.
"I’m really excited to be a part of the Pro Am, I think it will be another piece that helps establish Portland as a basketball city,” said Ross.
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Portland takes on Seattle this Sunday
This weekend, Portland Pro-Am will be hosting a special game that was recently added onto the schedule at 5pm on Sunday, August 2nd. It's a showcase of Pacific Northwest talent where Seattle 206 will compete against Portland 503.
This season, the Portland Pro-Am has hosted many NBA athletes, including Terrence Jones (Houston Rockets), Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors), Mike James (Phoenix Suns) and Jordan Railey (Philadelphia 76er's) . But this weekend, a new name will be added to that list, as Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers) aka J Crossover comes to town to play in the Portland Pro-Am.
Fans let's pack the stands and check out live NBA action up close at Multnomah University.