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Joe’s Morning Sports-Monday, November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

The Houston Rockets celebrated their first home victory since last season’s Western Conference finals. James Harden pumped in a season-high 40 points and the Rockets improved to 1-4 at home with a 115-103 victory against the Indiana Pacers. Harden and Chris Paul also accounted for 13 of the Rockets’ season-high 20 three-pointers, with Harden hitting eight of 18 attempts. The victory comes after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey denied a New York Times report that says Carmelo Anthony will be waived. The Rockets reached the Western Conference finals last season but are off to a disappointing 5-7 start, with many outsiders blaming Anthony for the struggles.

James Palmer, Jr. scored 17 points with four assists and four steals to lead six players in double figures and Nebraska took control with a 22-0 first half run to overwhelm Southeastern Louisiana 87-35 yesterday. The 2-0 Huskers held Southeastern Louisiana scoreless for 8:41 in the first half run. The Lions missed ten-straight shots and turned the ball over nine times during that stretch. Nebraska led by as many as 53 in the second half. The Huskers forced 25 turnovers, turning them into 33 points.

Ty-Shon Alexander scored a career-high 20 points and Creighton closed on a 24-6 run to rally past East Tennessee State 75-69 yesterday. Alexander made a long three-pointer with the shot clock winding down for a 69-65 lead, and the Buccaneers turned it over with 40 seconds left and elected not to foul. Martin Krampelj had a baseline dunk at the end of the shot clock to seal it for the 2-0 Bluejays. Damien Jefferson added 14 points while Mitch Ballock pumped in ten.

The Omaha World Herald posted its final high school volleyball rankings. Class ‘A’ Champion Millard North is once again ranked first in their class while Class ‘B’ Four-time Defending State Champion Omaha Skutt is the new number one in theirs. In Class ‘C-1’, Two-time Defending State Champion Wahoo High stays at number one, Columbus Scotus remains seventh, and Wayne is once again eighth. In Class ‘C-2’, Champion Blue Hill is the new number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic moves up from fourth to second, Stanton slips from first to third, Clarkson/Leigh is once again seventh, and Battle Creek stays at number eight. In Class ‘D-1’, Champion Archbishop Bergan remains first, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family moves up from fourth to second, Lutheran High Northeast stays at number nine, and Hartington/Newcastle is once again tenth. In Class ‘D-2’, Champion Bruning/Davenport/Shickley stays at number one, Ewing remains second, Wynot jumps from sixth to fourth, Chambers/Wheeler Central slips from fourth to sixth, and Humphrey St. Francis is once again tenth.

Checking out the local schedule for today, Class ‘D-1’ & ‘D-2’ hold high school football semifinal games. In Class ‘D-1’, in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Creighton hosts Exeter/Milligan/Friend at 5:00. Pregame coverage at 4:20. The other Class ‘D-1’ semifinal pits Burwell entertaining North Central at 6:00. In Class ‘D-2’, Johnson/Brock is at Humphrey St. Francis at 5:00 and Mullen visits Lawrence/Nelson at 3:00.

The Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family volleyball team’s season ended as the state runner-up after a 3-0 loss to Archbishop Bergan in the Class ‘D-1’ State Championship Match last Saturday. Bergan won 25-15, 25-18, 25-14. The Lady Bulldogs had won two five-set matches over Diller/Odell & Johnson/Brock to reach the title match. Their final record is 29-5 and will lose five seniors to graduation.

The Omaha World Herald seventh ranked in Class ‘D-1’ Lutheran High Northeast football team’s 2018 season came to a close with a 9-2 mark after a 76-28 home loss to Creighton last Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. The Eagles’ Jaxson Kant threw a touchdown pass and ran for another in the loss before leaving the game late in the second quarter with an elbow injury. Lutheran High Northeast this season beat Winnebago, Omaha Nation, Howells/Dodge, Elkhorn Valley, Laurel/Concord/Coleridge, Madison, Neligh/Oakdale, Elmwood/Murdock, and Osceola/High Plains. Their losses occurred to Wakefield and Creighton. The Eagles outscored their opponents on average through eleven games 62.3-36.5. The team will graduate five seniors.

The Lincoln Journal Star third ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Oakland/Craig football team wrapped up 2018 campaign with an 11-1 record after a 35-14 road loss at Centennial last Friday night in the semifinals of the playoffs. Robby Mayberry & Jefferson McNeil scored the two touchdowns for the Knights. Oakland/Craig this season beat Crofton, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Ponca, Syracuse, Tekemah/Herman, Louisville, Archbishop Bergan, Yutan, BRLD, Shelby/Rising City, and Wilber/Clatonia while falling to Centennial. The Knights outscored their opponents on average through twelve contests 35.2-17. The team will lose eleven seniors to graduation.

Local Schedule: UNO at Kansas St. at Manhattan, KS (WBB-5:30).

Local Scores: (9) Creighton 29-25-25 Villanova 27-11-21 (VB); Nebraska-Omaha 26-25-16-21-15 Oral Roberts 24-19-25-25-8 (VB); Nebraska 87 USC Upstate 64 (WBB);

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Charlotte 113 Detroit 103

Final Houston 115 Indiana 103

Final Orlando 115 N-Y Knicks 89

Final Milwaukee 121 Denver 114

Final Portland 100 Boston 94

Final L.A. Lakers 107 Atlanta 106

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Minnesota 3 St. Louis 2

Final Florida 5 Ottawa 1

Final Arizona 4 Washington 1

Final Winnipeg 5 New Jersey 2

Final Boston 4 Vegas 1

Final San Jose 3 Calgary 1

Final Colorado 4 Edmonton 1

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Buffalo 41 N-Y Jets 10

Final Tennessee 34 New England 10

Final New Orleans 51 Cincinnati 14

Final Kansas City 26 Arizona 14

Final Washington 16 Tampa Bay 3

Final Chicago 34 Detroit 22

Final Cleveland 28 Atlanta 16

Final Indianapolis 29 Jacksonville 26

Final L.A. Chargers 20 Oakland 6

Final Green Bay 31 Miami 12

Final L.A. Rams 36 Seattle 31

Final Dallas 27 Philadelphia 20

N-Y Giants at San Francisco 8:15 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (4) Duke 94 Army 72

Final (5) Virginia 76 George Washington 57

Final (10) Michigan St. 106 Florida Gulf Coast 82

Final (17) Florida St. 80 Tulane 69

Final (18) Mississippi St. 77 Hartford 59

Final (20) TCU 79 Oral Roberts 62

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