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It was a tough 24 hours for the Neligh-Oakdale boys basketball team, but the Warriors still managed to finish fourth in one of the toughest Class C holiday tournaments around.
Neligh-Oakdale lost it's second-straight game Thursday. But, like the night before, it was to another quality opponent.
In the third-place game at the Shoot-Out on the Elkhorn Holiday Tournament, Neligh-Oakdale dropped a 51-30 decision Thursday afternoon to Pierce, which carries a 7-2 record. The Bluejays' only losses so far this season are to undefeated Winnebago and undefeated Columbus Scotus.
The Warriors lost to Ponca on Wednesday, which was the first of the season for Neligh-Oakdale. Alex Kerkman and Grant White each scored 10 points to lead the Warriors against Pierce.
Neligh-Oakdale will be back in action at Plainview on Friday, Jan. 8.
Neligh-Oakdale: Alex Kerkman 10, Grant White 10, Chris Bentley 2, Tyson Belitz 6, Austin Rice 1, Pepper Merchant 2.