Boys basketball notes: Hawks, Cards prepared for Tri-City Classic

Both the Harlingen Cardinals and Harlingen South Hawks will get a final tuneup before they begin district play next week.

They’ll get that tuneup at the Tri-City Classic, which tips off this morning in the PSJA area and will feature teams from across the Valley, San Antonio and Laredo.

The Cardinals are coming off an impressive tourney championship at the 86th annual C.E Vail Tournament in La Feria last weekend. The Cards ran the table and went a perfect 6-0.

On Tuesday, Harlingen dropped a home game and saw their nine-game win streak snapped to McAllen Memorial 73-65.

The Cards are led by point guard Michael Arellano, who is averaging 17 points per game and is a key part to the Harlingen offense.

The Cards will be in Pool E and will begin their day with a 10 a.m. matchup against PSJA High followed by an 8:30 p.m. tipoff against Edcouch-Elsa. Both games will be played at the PSJA North gym.

South, meanwhile, will look to keep the train rolling as they too are coming off a strong tournament this past weekend. The Hawks won the consolation bracket and went 5-1 at the Hidalgo Pirate Tournament.

The Hawks’ offense is clicking at the right time and the team is finding its identity.

South possess a set of sharp shooters in Grant Lowery, Sean Turrubiates and Chanz Love along with star point guard Aaron Briones.

The Hawks enter the tournament with confidence. On Tuesday, they cruised to a 77-38 win over La Joya as their offense hit 12 three pointers in the win.

Harlingen South, which is in Pool F, has a date with San Antonio Veterans at 1 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. contest against La Joya Juarez-Lincoln. Both games will also be played at PSJA North.