2017 Lakota Nation Invitational Day 1

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

It's a high school holiday sports classic. The 41st annual Lakota Nation Invitational Basketball Tournament tipped off Wednesday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Sixteen boys teams and 16 girls teams are all competing for the coveted title of LNI champion.

The Pine Ridge boys opened the tournament with a 76-58 win over Omaha Nation.

Pine Ridge had three players finish in double figures. Halin Bad Bear finished with 24 points followed by Corey Blacksmith with 23 and Corey Brown with 17.


Meanwhile, the Custer boys squared off against Cheyenne Eagle Butte in the first round.

Both teams struggled offensively. But the Braves were able to rally in the second half and beat the Wildcats, 48-38.

Trevis Oakie from Cheyenne Eagle Butte led all scorers with 15 points.


The Red Cloud Lady Crusaders opened the LNI Tournament with a decisive win over the White River Tigers, 68-46.

Aaliyah Provost scored 17 points to lead the Crusaders, while Sierra McGowan was the leading scorer for the Tigers with 14.


    BOYS' BASKETBALL

   Lakota Nation Tournament

        First Round

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 48, Custer 38

Crow Creek 74, Crazy Horse 39

Lower Brule 68, Todd County 57

McLaughlin 57, St. Francis Indian 42

Pine Ridge 76, Omaha Nation, Neb. 58

Red Cloud 79, Marty Indian 47

Tiospa Zina Tribal 55, Little Wound 52

White River 74, Standing Rock, N.D. 48


GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Lakota Nation Tournament

First Round

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 55, Tiospa Zina Tribal 31

Custer 62, Standing Rock, N.D. 54

Little Wound 75, Crazy Horse 34

Lower Brule 54, McLaughlin 47

Pine Ridge 59, St. Francis Indian 32

Red Cloud 68, White River 48

Todd County 68, Marty Indian 24

Crow Creek 74, Omaha Nation 50

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