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Joe’s Morning Sports-Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January 31, 2018 GMT

Mired in an eight-game losing streak, the Detroit Pistons reportedly have acquired forward Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Clippers would also give up Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed while receiving forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley, center Boban Marjanovic and draft picks. Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33 games this season.

James Palmer Jr. scored 28 points, had eight rebounds, and recorded two steals to key a second-half comeback, as Nebraska rallied for a 74-63 victory over Wisconsin last night. Isaac Copeland added 17 points, five rebounds, and two steals and Glynn Watson Jr. pumped in 15 points with five assists. The Cornhuskers trailed by double digits midway through the second half but held the Badgers to just eight points over the final nine minutes to extend their winning streak to three games. Wisconsin owned a 55-44 advantage, but NU answered with ten straight points to pull within 55-54 with 7:28 to play and continued rolling. Palmer Jr. scored 16 points during a 30-8 Nebraska run to close the game, including a layup that gave the Cornhuskers their first lead of the second half with 4:35 remaining. The Badgers’ Ethan Happ had 25 points, eleven rebounds, six assists, and four blocked shots. Nebraska is now 17-8 overall and 8-4 in the Big Ten while Wisconsin falls to 10-13 overall and 3-7 in the conference.

The Northeast Hawks softball team has signed eight student-athletes to play in 2018-19. The recruits include Norfolk’s Maggie Berryman & Jaida Thompson; Arlington’s Alexa Brenn; Platteview’s Madison McKewon; Osceola’s Ginni Johansen; California’s Jacqueline Denning & Chantel Julian, and Colorado’s Karissa Urdiales. Berryman attends Norfolk Catholic and is a two-year letter winner for Norfolk High School. She had a batting average of .386 and a .527 on-base percentage. Thompson is a three-year letter winner at Norfolk High School and was also named to the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference All-Academic Teams in 2016 and 2017. She had a .266 batting average, .329 on-base percentage and a .953 field percentage. The Northeast Hawks had a record of 25-33.

The Lincoln Journal Star has updated their high school boys & girls basketball rankings. In the Lincoln Journal Star boys’ rankings, Omaha Creighton Prep is the new number one in Class ‘A’ while Aurora is the new number one in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, O’Neill is the new number one after moving up from second, Winnebago is once again third, and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder jumps from ninth to seventh. In Class ‘C-2’, Ponca is once again first, Bancroft/Rosalie-Lyons Decatur Northeast moves up from fifth to third, Lutheran High Northeast jumps from tenth to ninth, and Oakland/Craig slips from ninth to tenth. In Class ‘D-1’, Heartland is once again first, West Holt stays at number three, Osmond improves from fifth to fourth, and Fullerton remains tenth. In Class ‘D-2’, Falls City Sacred Heart stays at number one, Humphrey St. Francis slips from fourth to sixth, and Wynot remains tenth. In the Lincoln Journal Star girls’ rankings, in Class ‘A’, Omaha Westside stays at number one and Norfolk High moves up from ninth to eighth. In Class ‘B’, Seward stays at number one and South Sioux City remains sixth. In Class ‘C-1’, Bishop Neumann is the new number one and Columbus Scotus moves up from eighth to seventh. In Class ‘C-2’, Hastings St. Cecilia stays at number one, Stanton remains fourth, Hartington/Newcastle jumps from eighth to seventh, and Bancroft/Rosalie-Lyons Decatur Northeast enters the rankings at number eight. In Class ‘D-1’, Bruning/Davenport/Shickley stays at number one, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic moves up from fourth to third, and North Central slips from sixth to seventh. In Class ‘D-2’, Falls City Sacred Heart stays at number one, Humphrey St. Francis moves up from third to second, Ewing is once again fourth, Wynot slips from sixth to ninth, and Chambers/Wheeler Central stays at number ten. In the Omaha World Herald girls’ basketball rankings, Omaha Westside stays at number one in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’. Norfolk High stays at number eight in Class ‘A’. In Class ‘B’, Seward is the new number one and South Sioux City improves from sixth to fifth. In Class ‘C-1’, Bishop Neumann is the new number one and Columbus Scotus jumps from tenth to eighth. In Class ‘C-2’, Hastings St. Cecilia is once again first, Stanton remains third, Hartington/Newcastle stays at number seven, and Bancroft/Rosalie-Lyons Decatur Northeast remains tenth. In Class ‘D-1’, Bruning/Davenport/Shickley is once again first, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains fourth, North Central stays at number seven, and Clarkson/Leigh is once again ninth. In Class ‘D-2’, Falls City Sacred Heart remains first, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number two, Ewing moves up from fourth to third, and Chambers/Wheeler Central jumps from eighth to seventh.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys’ basketball team moves up from tenth to ninth in the Lincoln Journal Star rankings and remains seventh in the Omaha World Herald rankings in Class ‘C-2’. The 13-3 Eagles have won four games in a row and eight of their last nine contests after beating sixth ranked in Class ‘D-2’ Humphrey St. Francis on the road last Saturday night 65-48. Lutheran High Northeast is outscoring their opponents on average through 16 games 59.2-42.1. They return to action this evening when they visit 11-6 David City Aquinas. The Norfolk High girls’ basketball team remains eighth in the Omaha World Herald Class ‘A’ rankings and jump from ninth to eighth in the Lincoln Journal Star rankings. The 11-6 Lady Panthers have won six of their last seven after splitting two games last weekend. They beat Papillion La Vista at home last Thursday 45-37 and then lost on the road at Fremont on Friday 44-39. Norfolk is outscoring their opponents on average through 17 contests 40.9-36.1. The Lady Panthers return to action on Friday when they host 9-9 Lincoln Southeast.

The Mid State Conference Boys Basketball Tournament continues with quarterfinal action. In games at Northeast Community College, 6-9 Pierce goes head to head with 12-5 Boone Central/Newman Grove at 6:15 and 5-11 Norfolk Catholic plays 12-4 Hartington Cedar Catholic at 7:45. In games at Norfolk Catholic High School, 2-13 Crofton tangles with 15-0 O’Neill at 6:15 and 12-5 Battle Creek meets 10-9 Wayne at 7:45. Elsewhere in basketball, in games that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, the Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys visit David City Aquinas at 6:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:40. In other basketball games, the Northeast Hawks women entertain Little Priest Tribal College at 3:30, and the Nebraska-Omaha men go to Brookings, South Dakota to play South Dakota State at 7:00.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys’ basketball team is 13-3 on the season and have won four in a row and eight of their last nine games after beating Humphrey St. Francis on the road last Saturday 65-38. The Eagles are ranked seventh in the Omaha World Herald and ninth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class ‘C-2’. They’ve beaten West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic twice, Wisner/Pilger, Twin River, Norfolk Catholic, Homer, Wakefield, Battle Creek twice, Heartland Lutheran, Walthill, Clarkson/Leigh, and Humphrey St. Francis. Lutheran High Northeast is outscoring their foes on average through the 16 contests 59.2-42.1. They now get ready for a matchup with 11-6 David City Aquinas on the road this evening at approximately 7:45. Tonight’s Lutheran High Northeast/David City Aquinas game can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

The Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team is 18-2 on the season after winning two games last week. They beat North Platte Community College at home last Wednesday 82-65 and then topped Marshalltown Community College on the road on Saturday 67-43. The Hawks are outscoring their opponents on average through 20 games 69.5-52.5. They now get ready for a week which includes a home game with 6-14 Little Priest Tribal College this afternoon at 3:30, a home game with 5-15 Central of Columbus on Wednesday, and a road game at 19-4 Iowa Western Community College on Saturday. Saturday’s game at Iowa Western can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com.

The Norfolk High wrestling team is coming off a second place finish at their own invitational last Saturday. Columbus was the champion with 247.5 points while the Panthers were second at 214. Weston Godfrey (106); Aaron Dittmer (120); Ethan Behmer (145); M.J. Montgomery (220); & Conner Cowling (Hwt.) were champions. Brayden Splater (152) placed second. Jackson Reeves (132), Blake McDonald (138), Zach Hintz (160), & Dalton Freiberg (195) got third. Blake Forsythe (170) took fourth. Caleb Roemhildt (113) & Travis Lamm (126) finished fifth. Hunter Mangelsen (182) placed sixth. Montgomery & Cowling are currently 41-0 on the season. Norfolk is also currently 23-9 in duals this season. Norfolk returns to action on Friday when they participate in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament at Lexington.

The Pierce wrestling squad is coming off a sixth place finish at the Boone Central/Newman Grove Invitational last Saturday. David City Aquinas was the champion with 184 points. They won by 8.5 points. The Bluejays were sixth with 95 points. Cody Yawn (132) & Ryder Fuchs (195) were champions. Jeremiah Kruntorad (120) placed second. Brett Tinker (145) finished fifth. Dylan Kuehler (220) took sixth. The Bluejays return to action on Friday when they compete in the Pender Duals.

Local Schedule: LHNE at David City Aquinas (G&B BB-6:00); NECC at Little Priest Tribal College at Winnebago (WBB-5:00); Nebraska-Omaha at South Dakota St. at Brookings, SD (MBB-7:00).

Tonight: The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams are at David City Aquinas starting with the girls’ game at 6:00. Pregame coverage at approximately 5:40 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores: Nebraska-Omaha 63 Peru St. 47 (WBB).

Mid State Conference GBB Tourn. Hartington CC 44 NC 36; Pierce 43 Wayne 35; West Point Guardian Angels CC 47 Battle Creek 43; Crofton 55 O’Neill 33.

CBS Sports Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Indiana 105 Charlotte 96

Final Atlanta 105 Minnesota 100

Final Memphis 120 Phoenix 109

Final Milwaukee 107 Philadelphia 95

Final Miami 95 Dallas 88

Final Boston 111 Denver 110

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (4) Duke 88 Notre Dame 66

Final (7) Kansas 70 Kansas St. 56

Final (24) Michigan 58 Northwestern 47