Talihina teams, Pocola boys win CNT opening-round games

TALIHINA — The Talihina High School basketball teams and the Pocola Indians were opening-round winners at the 2012 Choctaw Nation Tournament on Thursday on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.The Lady Golden Tigers started Thursday's action with a 65-38 win over the Wister Lady Wildcats, while the Golden Tigers capped the first day's games with a 68-45 victory over the Lone Grove Longhorns.The Indians handled the Sallisaw Black Diamonds 66-45.The Wister Wildcats and the Pocola Lady Indians were not as fortunate. A strong second half enabled the Rattan Rams to down the ’Cats 63-39, while the Lady Rams were too much for the Lady Indians as Rattan defeated Pocola 50-36.In other opening-round girls games, Lone Grove defeated Sallisaw-Central 43-31, while Antlers got past Sallisaw 50-41.Sallisaw-Central edged Antlers 58-57 in the other first-round boys contest.Friday saw consolation and championship semifinals take place. On the girls side, Talihina met Antlers, while Rattan played Lone Grove. The winners will play for the title at 7 tonight, while the losers will play for third place at 4:20 p.m.Girls consolation semifinals saw Pocola play Sallisaw-Central and Wister meet Sallisaw. The winners will meet for the consolation championship at 1:40 this afternoon, while the losers will meet for seventh place at 11 this morning.On the boys side, Pocola and Talihina played in one championship semifinal, while Rattan and Sallisaw-Central played in the other one. The winners will play at 8:20 tonight for the championship, while the losers will play for third place at 5:40 this afternoon.In boys consolation semifinals, Wister played Antlers, while Lone Grove met Sallisaw. The winners will play for the consolation championship at 3 this afternoon, while the losers will play for seventh place at 12:20 this afternoon.