During the 2012-2013 season, The Thunderbird Men, behind Coach Kevin Rice, came within a point of winning its first Region XIII Championship since 2002. The Thunderbirds won the West Division of Region XIII and travelled to Ironwood, Michigan for the Region XIII Championship, falling by a final score of 61-62, in one of the toughest places to play in the Midwest.
Sophomore guard Elijah Bennett and sophomore forward Julito Hutchinson were selected to the All-Region Team. Hutchinson was also a member of the Mon-Dak All-Conference Second Team.
United Tribes Men's Basketball has a storied tradition of championship basketball. The Thunderbirds have appeared in three NJCAA National Tournaments (1997-1998, 1998-1999, 2001-2002), claiming 8th Place in '97-'98, 6th Place in '98-'99, and 8th Place in '01-'02.
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