High school basketball squads returned to the hardwood this weekend, some in early-season invitational tournament’s like the A.I. duPont Tip-Off hosted by the Tigers in Wilmington, Del.

The St. Georges Tech Hawks started the season off on a good note, taking home the title on the Tigers’ home court Saturday night defeating A.I. 72-69, after a 4-win season last year.

Three Hawks finished in double-figures on Saturday night, Sophomore forward Lamar Hamrick led the way with 21. Freshmen starter Kyson Rawls scored 15 points and Quenton Hamrick posted 10 in the victory.

A.I’s Raekwon Wilson led all scorers with 25 points Saturday night, while Freddie Heard, Jordan Teagle and Bernard Ward-Mayo all finished with nine points to pace the Tiger offense.

The Hawks came out ready to play Saturday night, matching A.I.’s up tempo style. After a stalemate in the first quarter, the Hawks began to separate themselves from the Tigers in the second quarter taking a 5-point lead into the break.

The game of basketball is a game of drives and runs – and the Tigers mad their run to open the second half dropping 19 third-quarter points on the Hawks to take a one-point lead into the fourth and final stanza.

The fourth quarter was tightest and lowest scoring quarter of the night, but the Hawks’ defense stepped up keeping A.I. to just 11 points. The Tiger defense was just as aggressive but they weren’t able to hold of St. Georges’ offense enough and the Hawks pulled away for a three-point win.

While the Hawks didn’t shoot as high a percentage Saturday night as the Tigers, who shot 50% from the field, St. Georges Tech was able to get more second chance looks on offense and came up with big stops on defense which made the difference.

The Tigers will open regular season play Tuesday night when they travel to Woodside, Del. to take on the Polytech Panthers.

The Hawks are also back in action on Tuesday when they return to Wilmington to take on Charter School at 5:15 p.m.