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The ’Hawk boys basketball team started slow in a one-sided blowout of Hartford opening the Northwest Arkansas Invitational Tournament, played excellent defense and shot superbly in a semi-final win over Gentry, then almost overcame a big hole against Siloam Springs as they dropped the finals to the Panthers to finish up winning their third straight runner-up trophy in the annual early season tournament. “We didn’t come out ready to play in the opening round against Hartford, although they did pick it up considerably after the half,” head coach Charley Clark said. “We had a much better effort against Gentry and played a pretty good game to win the semis. After we got so far behind Siloam in the finals, the boys did a good job to make several runs at them but like all good teams do, Siloam answered our every challenge to win the tournament.” Game summaries: QUARTERFINALS: Pea Ridge 77, Hartford 50 A offensively sloppy first quarter blunted some good defense as the ’Hawks couldn’t break free of the heavy underdo

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Sports, Pages 7 on 12/08/2010

Print Headline: Blackhawks end tournament in second place

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