Sports Briefs: De Frias returns to hometown team

Kamloops Daily News
January 2, 2014 01:00 AM

Kelly Olynyk had a career-high 21 points, 17 of them in the second half, as the Boston Celtics dropped a 92-91 NBA decision to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday afternoon.

The Celtics (13-18) held an 18-point lead at one point during the first half, only to have the Hawks (18-14) come back for the victory.

Olynyk, a freshman from Kamloops, was 6-of-9 from the field in the second half, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Coming off the bench, Olynyk, who had four rebounds and five assists, played 24 minutes 23 seconds.

The Celtics are scheduled to play again today when they meet the Bulls in Chicago. Boston then is to return home to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

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Team Pacific scored a 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic at the U17 World Hockey Challenge in North Sydney, N.S., on Wednesday.

Forward Nick Chyzowski of the Kamloops Blazers and defenceman Kevin Davis of the Everett Silvertips, both of whom are from Kamloops, are on Team Pacific. Both were kept off the scoresheet yesterday.

Ty Ronning, Giorgio Estephan, Glenn Gawdin and Tyler Soy scored for Team Pacific. Simon Stransky had the only goal for the Czech Republic (2-2-0).

Goaltender Zach Sawchenko stopped 29 shots for Team Pacific, while Daniel Vladar made 31 saves for the Czechs.

Team Pacific, now 2-1-0, will meet Sweden (2-0-1) today at 3 p.m.

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The North Kamloops Lions completed play at the Richmond International midget hockey tournament with a 5-4 loss to the Burnaby Bulldogs.

Darion Nordick, with two, Kevin Emsland and Kolten Moore scored for the Lions, who finished 2-3. Michael Fidanza had two assists. Kolby Pauwels was in goal. Nordick was the game MVP.

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The junior B Kamloops Storm has acquired defenceman Brett De Frias from the Golden Rockets in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League deal.

DeFrias, who is from Kamloops, began his KIJHL career with the Storm before moving to the Rockets.

He has 110 points, including 27 goals, in 212 regular-season KIJHL games. This season, he has 19 points, six of them goals, in 28 games.

The Storm will play the host Revelstoke Grizzlies on Friday night. Kamloops' next home game is scheduled for Jan. 11 against the Kimberley Dynamiters at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

The Storm (28-6-0-1) owns the KIJHL's best winning percentage (.814) and is the only one of the league's 20 teams to have clinched a playoff spot.

With 57 points, the Storm holds a 19-point lead over the second-place 100 Mile House Wranglers in the Doug Birks Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.

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