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Native American Classic is a joint effort

TUCSON, AZ -

Tohono O'odham Community College is hosting the 2nd annual Native American Classic this weekend over at the Pima West Campus. 

The "NAC" showcases some of the best junior college competition from across the United States.  

The primary goals for the tournament are to eliminate social barriers, provide an opportunity to gain familiarity with Native American culture, help event goers understand and appreciate Native American culture, promote Native American collegiate athletes and give young Native students an opportunity to learn about different post-secondary educational opportunities. 

The Classic all weekend will feature halftime entertainment by Native American dancers & singers; live music by local bands and a Native American food sale. 

This year's men's field includes the defending NJCAA Division 1 National Champion Salt Lake Community College, Midland College (TX), New Mexico Junior College, Glendale Community College, Pima Community College, Pascua Yaqui and host TOCC. 

The women's field boasts the NJCAA Division 2 runner up Illinois Central, Division 2 semifinalist Pima Community College, Division 1 national tournament team Gillette College (WY), Glendale Community College, Arizona Christian University JV, Dine College and Tohono O'odham Community College.

The Pima men’s team (4-1) began the tournament Thursday suffering their first loss of the season, 99-86 to Division I New Mexico.

Brian Peabody’s Aztecs are averaging 123 points per game so far this season.

Deion James (Empire) led Pima with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Emilio Acedo (Salpointe Catholic) hit four three-pointers to finish with 19 points.

The tournament continues with six games on Friday and Saturday.

The Pima men play last year's NJCAA Division I champion Salt Lake Community College on Friday at 6:00 p.m.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

Thursday’s scores:

Women

Tohono O’odham 83, Elite 1 Academy 51
Illinois Central 70, Glendale 56
Pima 80, Gillette (WY) 52

Men

Midland (TX) 78, Glendale 72
Salt Lake (UT) 76, Tohono O’odham 67
New Mexico 99, Pima 86

Friday’s schedule

Women

Gillete vs. Glendale (10 a.m.)
Illinois Central vs. Tohono O’odham (12 p.m.)
Elite 1 Academy vs. Pima (4 p.m.)

Men

New Mexico vs. Glendale (2 p.m.)
Salt Lake vs. Pima (6 p.m.)
Midland vs. Tohono O’odham (8 p.m.)

Saturday’s schedule

Women

Tohono O’odham vs. Gillette (12 p.m.)
Pima vs. Illinois Central (2 p.m.)

Men

Glendale vs. Pascua Yaqui (10 a.m.)
Midland vs. Salt Lake (4 p.m.)
Tohono O’odham vs. New Mexico (6 p.m.)
Pima vs. Pascua Yaqui (8 p.m.)

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