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Raptors guard Kyle Lowry made it known he is no fan of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting seven countries in Africa and the Middle East. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Lowry on travel ban: 'I think it's bulls---'

The Raptors defensive woes took a decided back seat on Monday as first the team’s marquee player, then the head coach and finally the team president went on the offensive targeting U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia Secondary School’s Garrett Van Amelsvoort sets up the offence during action against Waterdown in the semifinals of the Orillia Blackball Classic Saturday. Van Amelsvoort, who quarterbacks the offence, was named the team’s most valuable player of the tournament.

Blackball in the books

Beset by nerves in front of a raucous home-court crowd, the Orillia Secondary School senior boys’ basketball team stumbled to a slow start that proved costly in the pressure-packed 73rd annual Orillia Blackball Classic championship game Saturday night.

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.

The Orillia Blackball Classic kicks off this week. PACKET & TIMES FILE PHOTO

Blackball rolls into Orillia

For local high-school basketball players, the annual Orillia Blackball Classic is a rite of passage. It's a tournament they all desperately want to win. But it's also a favourite of teams from throughout the province because it is the longest continuously-running high-school basketball tournament in Canada.

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