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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 11:20 pm

HARLINGEN — For the past two years, the Harlingen Cardinals and the Harlingen South Hawks have met in the boys’ championship game of the Dr. Keillor Tournament, and both have been nailbiters.

In 2010, the Hawks won by one and in 2011, the Cardinals won by one.

And even though the 2012 version of the Hawks and Cardinals championship game wasn’t a one-point affair, it was still one for the ages.

Trailing by 10 going into the fourth quarter, South mounted a huge comeback as the Hawks outscored Harlingen 21-7 throughout the remainder of the contest and secured the tournament title with a 60-55 victory.

“It’s been wild with the fact that we have played Harlingen High in the past two championship games and we ended up facing them again,” said Harlingen South head coach Brian Molina. “This one was another crazy one and games like this aren’t making me any younger.

“But we expected this because Harlingen is such a good basketball team and very well coached. We were fortunate that the kids fought back and Nick Garcia definitely helped to give us that spark we needed late in the game. This was a huge win for us and I am so proud of the kids.”

Harlingen South (5-2) was hot from the three-point line early in the contest as the Hawks were a perfect 3 for 3 from behind the arc to take a 9-4 lead.

After the Hawks built up a 13-7 lead, Harlingen (8-2) came on strong as the Cardinals went on a 12-4 run to take their first lead of the contest 19-17 with 1:04 left in the first quarter. Gilbert Reza played a huge role during that run for the Cardinals as he scored eight of their 12 points.

Trailing 23-20, Harlingen South retook the lead 26-20 with 5:14 left in the second quarter as the Hawks opened the quarter by going on a 6-0 run.

But then the Cards got hot as they outscored the Hawks 16-2 throughout the remainder of the quarter and went into the locker room with a 39-28 halftime lead. Once again, Reza played an integral role as he scored eight of the 16 points for Harlingen and totaled 16 in the half. The majority of Reza’s points came at the three-point line as he nailed four of them in the first half and ended up with 23 points on the night.

The Cardinals remained in control throughout the third quarter as they held a double-digit lead (49-39) going in to the fourth.

“We committed too many turnovers late in the contest and that hurt us,” said Harlingen head coach Greg Yates. “Also Harlingen South applied some tremendous pressure in the fourth quarter and Nick definitely gave them that push they needed late.”

On the girls’ side, the Harlingen Lady Cardinals rode the hot hand of Alexis Martinez as she led them to a 57-26 victory over Edinburg in the third-place game.

The all-tourney selection scored 29 points for the Lady Cardinals while Edinburg star player Micheline Mercelita sat out of the third place game as a precaution due to a minor head injury suffered against Corpus Christi Carroll in the semifinals.

“Overall we had a good tournament,” said Harlingen head coach Nora Zamarripa on her team’s overall performance. “We got a lot exposed to some different styles and saw some different players and teams from out of the area.

“I feel it was a great preparation for district play which begins on Tuesday.”

In the girls championshp final, which followed the boys title game at Harlingen South, Corpus Christi Carroll easily beat Laredo Alexander 49-29 to claim the tournament title.

Carroll’s Ceara O’Donnell was named the tourney’s MVP.

Keillor Classic


Friday’s games

Harlingen South 53, PSJA Memorial 44

LJ Juarez Lincoln 44, Pace 42

Harlingen 79, Santa Rosa 49

LJ Palmview 53, PSJA 36

Eagle Pass 66, PSJA Memorial 61 (OT)

LJ Juarez Lincoln 56, Kingsville 49

Economedes 49, Santa Rosa 41

Harlingen South 83, Eagle Pass 32

LJ Palmview 55, Bro. St. Joseph 44

Harlingen 99, Economedes 47

Pace 40, Kingsville 27

PSJA 74, Bro. St. Joseph 50

Saturday’s games


Harlingen South 60, Harlingen 55


Palmview 47, Juarez Lincoln 41


Harlingen South 48, Juarez Lincoln 47

Harlingen 67, Palmview 45


Eagle Pass 54, Pace 42

PSJA 74, Economedes 41


PSJA Memorial 67, Kingsville 55

Santa Rosa 37, Bro. St. Joseph 48

All-tournament team

MVP: Anjel Gonzales, Harlingen South

Harlingen: Gilbert Reza, Matthew Cervantes

Harlingen South: Reuben Britton, Daniel Perales

St. Joseph: Luis Varela

PSJA Memorial: Arthur Cuellar

Eagle Pass: Johnny Garza

PSJA: Luis Mancillas

Juarez-Lincoln: Ramiro Garza

Palmview: Jaime Garza


Friday’s games

Harlingen 57, PSJA Memorial 14

Harlingen South 63, McAllen Memorial 26

Edinburg Vela 52, Brownsville Pace 41

Edinburg 61, Laredo LBJ 23

Laredo Alexander 60, McAllen Rowe 30

Los Fresnos 36, Brownsville St. Joseph 33

Alice 60, Brownsville Hanna 37

CC Carroll 76, Brownsville Rivera 25

Championship bracket

Harlingen 59, Vela 43

Edinburg 55, Harlingen South 50

Laredo Alexander 63, Alice 35

Carroll 50, Los Fresnos 28

Consolation bracket

Pace 47, PSJA Memorial 26

Laredo LJB 59, McAllen Memorial 36

McAllen Rowe 56, Hanna 41

St. Joseph 41, Rivera 33

Saturday’s games

Championship bracket

Carroll 78, Edinburg 18

Laredo Alexander 41, Harlingen 39

Third place: Harlingen 57, Edinburg 26

Championship: CC Carroll 49, Laredo Alexander 29

Consolation bracket

Rowe 37, Pace 32

St. Joseph def. Laredo LBJ

Consolation final: St. Joseph 38, Rowe 28

Fifth-place bracket

Vela 39, Alice 36

Los Fresnos 53, Harlingen South 49

Fifth place: Los Fresnos 54, Vela 27

Guaranteed games

PSJA Memorial vs. Hanna, not reported

McAllen Memorial vs. Rivera, not reported

All-tournament team

MVP: Ceara O’Donnell, Carroll

Harlingen: Itzayana Sanchez, Alexis Martinez

St. Joseph: Clara Dawson

Los Fresnos: Chanel Ebanks-Texada

Edinburg: Eileen Martinez, Micheline Mercelita

Carroll: Karly Evans, Dia Evans

Alexander: Diana Scott, Lluva Nurell

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