The Izard County Cougars had little trouble en route to a 68-46 victory over Armorel in the first round of the 65th annual Northeast Arkansas Tournament Dec. 23 at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
Trenton Hatman paced third-seeded Izard County with 23 points.
Kyle King added 16 and Jake Dockins 10 for the Cougars, as they topped 14th-seeded Armorel in the boys' Division I brackets.
Izard County led 18-14 after one period of play and 31-26 at intermission.
The Cougars broke the game wide-open in the third by outscoring the Tigers 20-8 to move on top 51-34 heading into the final stanza.