Pocola teams win CNT openers; host Talihina girls suffer losses to Kingston, Antlers to begin play

TALIHINA — The Pocola High School basketball teams won their openers in the 2013 Choctaw Nation Tournament on Wednesday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.Both teams beat Sallisaw-Central, as the Lady Indians won 44-33 and the Indians routed the Tigers 72-46.Both Pocola teams played in the championship semifinals on Thursday. The Indians (2-0) and the Lady Indians (1-1) faced Kiowa, with the winners playing for the title at 7 p.m. [girls] and 8:30 p.m. [boys] on Saturday. The losers will play for third place at 4:20 p.m. [girls] and 5:40 p.m. [boys] on Saturday.The host Talihina Lady Golden Tigers opened their season with a 46-43 loss to Kingston in the consolation semifinals Thursday morning after losing their tournament opener 51-31 to Antlers on Wednesday morning.The Lady Golden Tigers (0-2) will play the loser of Thursday's Rattan/Sallisaw-Central game for seventh place at 11 a.m. Saturday.