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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.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times The Orillia Lakers are celebrating their 25th-anniversary season this year. At the organization’s annual Tip-Off this week at Orillia Secondary School, players in various age groups participated in a fun game of bump to kick off the 2016-17 season.

Lakers celebrate 25th anniversary

In the early 1990s, there was no organized basketball – outside of school hoops – available in Orillia for young girls and boys who loved the sport invented by Canada’s James Naismith.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times The Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School junior girls’ basketball team capped its perfect season with a 59-45 victory over Huntsville High School Wednesday night to capture the Georgian Bay Secondary Schools Association title. Coached by Jon D’Souza and Jeff Brodeur, the team is comprised of Jerica Obee, Maria Treash, Belle Bondy, Elaine Treash, Nicole Reyes, Lexi Fell, Kallista Jacobs, Africa Wagg, Hailey Gysbers, Bree Seberry, Maddi Duffy, Anika Palaro, Kaitlyn Roberts, Rishelle Settle and Zoe Mussell.

PF takes GBSSA championship

Despite not having a home court all season, the Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School junior girls’ basketball team capped a dominant season by winning the Georgian Bay Secondary Schools Association (GBSSA) AA championship this week.

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.

Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan listens on the bench ion the dying moments of the game as a defensive play is set against the Denver Nuggets in Toronto on Oct. 31, 2016. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

DeRozan proving doubters wrong

If there is one thing DeMar DeRozan loves — besides simply playing basketball — it is proving his legion of critics wrong. He doesn’t do it maliciously and won’t rub mistakes in their faces, but every time he makes someone think twice about something they wrote or said about him, DeRozan smiles.

New Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman (centre), seen here with head coach Dwane Casey (left) and team president Masai Ujiri last year, is embracing his new role with the team. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/Files)

Raps GM unfazed by anonymity

The general manager nobody knows is standing in the hallway outside the Raptors dressing room, talking about basketball and his father and the nervous stomach he was feeling 30 minutes to tip off.

Submitted photo The Orillia Secondary School junior girls won the annual Pete Howard Classic in London on the weekend. In the back row, from left: Mike Tutty, Kayla Latimer, Spencer Coon, Allie Madden, Karley Rimkey, Brianna Taylor, Brooke Faragher, Kate Stacey, Sammy Stockdale and Dylan Young. Front row: Taylor Smith, Lily Seedhouse, Claire Fletcher, Abby Clarke, Jaida Faragher and Taylor Latimer.

Nighthawks win tourney title

The Orillia Secondary School Nighthawks are soaring. The local school's junior girls basketball team recently won the tournament title at the annual Pete Howard Classic in London.

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