Hawks soar past Cards to stay in playoff contention

HARLINGEN — After dropping a game earlier in the week, the Harlingen Cardinals were looking to get back in the win column with a victory over crosstown rival Harlingen South.

With playoff contention at hand, the Hawks, meanwhile, had a lot at stake coming into the game and delivered in their efforts with a win over the Cards, 69-48.

“We needed to keep our momentum going and the win tonight certainly helps us with our confidence heading into next week,” said South head coach Brian Molina “But credit to Coach Yates for Harlingen. He always has his guys ready to play and we were fortunate to come out victorious.”

South’s Aaron Briones lead the team in scoring with 21 points, grabbing six rebounds and coming away with one steal along with one block.

The Hawks were lights out from shooting beyond the perimeter with Briones hitting five of the team’s nine three pointers in the contest.

“I told them we needed to be more aggressive on offense in attacking the basket because we started out slow,” Molina said “Since they penetrated well the guys on the outside were open and were able to sink their shots.”

Other notable contributors to South’s victory were Brandon Bennett, who had 15 points, along with Noah Perez and Grant Lowery, who each finished with 10 points.

The win pushed South to 9-5 in District 32-6A play and they will host Los Fresnos on Tuesday to end the regular season.

“This game couldn’t have come at a better time with playoffs right around the corner and Los Fresnos will provide us with great experience to cap it off,” said Molina.

As for the Cardinals, Tony Aguilar lead the team in scoring on the night with 13 points and right behind him was Michael Arellano with scoring 12.

Harlingen will travel to Brownsville on Tuesday as they take on a Rivera team that they defeated earlier in the season.