Teams begin basketball season at NAC tournament in Pablo
PABLO – This past weekend marked the beginning of a brand-new season of boys and girls hoops for the Arlee, Mission and Two Eagle River teams during the 20-team Native American Classic held at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center at Salish Kootenai College.
This year marks the first time since the tournament’s inception that a venue other than MSU-Northern in Havre has hosted the event.
“I feel the NAC went well,” tournament director and Arlee athletic director Amy Bartels said. “The overall consensus of having the NAC here in Pablo instead of Havre was very positive. We are lucky to have such a great facility to be able to hold a tournament of this size.” Bartels added that she received many positive comments on how friendly and accommodating the community was during the tournament.
The annual tournament, which started on Thursday with four games followed by eight games on Friday and eight more on Saturday, is considered one of the most exciting and well-attended opening weekend tournaments anywhere in the state.
Two Eagle River made their season and new uniform debut at the tournament on Thursday afternoon in a double header against Kainai. Unfortunately for the Lady Eagles and Eagles, it wasn’t the debut either of them may have hoped for.
The Lady Eagles fell 65-12 to Kainai and on Saturday were defeated by Valier 49-21, while the Eagles lost a 59-58 heartbreaker to Kainai and struggled against