Cardinals win wild one against Chargers

HARLINGEN — While the Harlingen Cardinals saw their big fourth-quarter lead over the Brownsville Veterans Chargers slip through their fingers, the overall game did not thanks to a pair of big plays from Ernie Martinez and Elijah Rhodes in the waning seconds.

After Ramirez sank a pair of free throws to regain the lead with 8.5 seconds to play, Rhodes stole the ball away from Chargers guard Martin Martinez on the ensuing possession and sank a free throw of his own, wrapping up a 63-61 Cardinals win Tuesday night in Harlingen.

“We just had to keep our heads and our mindset to keep playing through whatever we were going through,” Rhodes said.

Rhodes finished the game with 22 points to lead all scorers.

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