United Tribes has been racing out of the gates, but on Monday night they had trouble getting the offense going. The Mystics of Bismarck State College controlled the game early using a 22-3 run to jump out to a 45-27 lead.
The Thunderbirds would answer with an 18-5 run of their own to close the gap to 50-45 at the half. In the second half the lead would bounce back and forth a few times before Steve Redfox Jr. and Joe Sazue III hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a game-turning 15-3 run late, helping United Tribes to a 102-89 victory over the Mystics.
The burst turned a 72-70 Mystics lead into an 85-75 Thunderbird advantage and gave them the momentum to close out the game.
United Tribes travels to Glendive to face Dawson Community College on Thursday.