Pablo, Mont., is title town.
As Indian Country Today Media Network reports, the Salish Kootenai College Bison swept the men’s and women’s American Indian Higher Education Consortium Tribal College National Basketball championships.
“It’s been really exciting and really important to give these tribal kids the opportunity to play organized college basketball,” (men’s coach Zack Camel) said. “Win or lose I’m always excited for them. They had a lot of fun together and we’re there for each other. It makes it easy to coach, and in the end, it was a success.”
(Women’s player Katie) McDonald gives credit to coaches Juan and Silas Perez. “If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have been the powerhouse we were. We ended the season with 26 straight wins and that wouldn’t have happened if they didn’t keep pushing us on and off the court.”
Twelve men’s teams and 10 women’s teams participated in the tournament, held on the Salish Kootenai College campus. ICTMN says it was SKC’s eighth national championship in 15 years under Camel.
What it didn’t report were the scores. Northwest Indian College of Bellingham, Wash., advanced to both title games along with the Bison.
The SKC women beat NWIC 72-63. The SKC men won a 105-104 barnburner.
- Vince Devlin