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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.

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.

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.

Orillia Lakers Jr Girls 2016. SUBMITTED

Lakers score two wins in league play

After being unable to field a U19 team in recent years due to low player numbers, the newly formed Kelsey's Junior Girls Orillia Lakers basketball team began their season with two solid wins in recent play in the Ontario Basketball League at the Hoopdome in Vaughan. With only three Grade 12 players on its roster, the primarily Grade 11 team defeate

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.

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.

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.

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