Hawks win slugfest vs Cards from the free-throw line

HARLINGEN — The latest installment of the Harlingen Cardinals-Harlingen South Hawks boys basketball rivalry was full of physical defense.

While both teams were cold from the field throughout the night, the Hawks got it done from the free-throw line down the stretch and picked up a 45-34 win over the Cardinals on Friday night at the Harlingen South gymnasium.

After three up-and-down quarters, the Cardinals (13-10, 2-3) scored just six points and two field goals in the fourth quarter and went 2 for 5 from the free-throw line, thanks, in large part, to the South (15-5, 3-2) defensive pressure.

“Anytime it’s a rivalry game, Harlingen is going to come and play; they did a great job tonight,” said Harlingen South head coach Brian Molina. “I told the kids that they needed to be tough and make free throws to win this game.

“My hat goes off to them — they knocked them down.”

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