A pair of area teams, the Salem Greyhounds and the ICC Cougars, each had opening round success in the A-AA brackets at the NEA Tournament in Jonesboro over the Christmas break.
The Greyhounds jumped out to a huge lead and then had to hold off a late rally by Tuckerman for a 50-40 win in round one of the tourney Dec. 20.
The Greyhounds (4-4) held a 26-8 halftime advantage and led by 20 points for most of the second half until Tuckerman made a late charge that ultimately fell short.
Leon Harvey paced Salem with 15 points, while Jamie Sisk logged 12.
Inclimate weather forced the Greyhounds to forfeit their Dec. 23 second round matchup with Buffalo Island Central.
A 30-point win, 61-31, over Armorel Dec. 20 moved ICC into the tournament's second round.
Robert Stephens led the Cougars with a game high 18 points and 10 rebounds as ICC smashed Armorel.
Justin Burns added 12 for ICC, and Jesse Dockins followed with 11 points and nine assists.
The Parkin Tigers' size advantage was a bit too much for ICC to overcome in the second round as Parkin knocked off the Cougars 55-41.
The Tigers opened the last period with a 13-0 run to grab control of the game.
Roberts Stephens was high-point man for the Cougars with 18.
In other NEA action, Allyson Sample's 20 points led the Highland Lady Rebels to a 46-37 win over the Manila Lady Lions Dec. 23 in the AAA-AAAA-AAAAA brackets.
In second round action, the Lady Rebels suffered a 39-35 defeat at the hands of the Nettleton Lady Raiders. Allyson Sample paced Highland with 21 points in the loss.
In the boys' division of the AAA-AAAA-AAAAA brackets, the Highland Rebels opened play by defeating the Harrisburg Hornets Dec. 21 to set up a second round matchup with the Batesville Pioneers.
The Pioneers proved too tough as they handed the Rebels a 63-47 loss.
Yates Patterson's 11 points paced Highland in the loss to Batesville.