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Mandan's Lakyn Darras (34) is one of four players averaging in double figures in points for the Braves. The West Region basketball tournament begins today at the Bismarck Events Center.

The West Region basketball tournament begins today at the Bismarck Events Center.

Century is the top seed in both tournaments. Both Patriot teams are ranked No. 1 in the state.

The Century boys have won 15 games in a row, while the Patriots girls are 20-1 overall.

St. Mary's, the lone team to beat Century, is the No. 2 seed in the girls' tournament, while Bismarck High trails only Century on the boys' side.

Mandan is the No. 3 seed in both tournaments. The Braves have the regular-season scoring leader on the girls side in Megan Zander (20.1). Trae Steckler, of Mandan, finished No. 2 (20.3 ppg) behind Turtle Mountain's Julian Parisien (23.9 ppg) among boys.

The quarterfinals of the girls tournament begin at 2 p.m., and will be played at Exhibit Hall. The boys quarters open at 3 on the main floor.

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