St. Georges came out on top of a fast-paced, well-played, high school basketball game Saturday afternoon against host St. Andrew's. The Hawks edged the Cardinals 44-43 in a game as close as the score indicates.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the game was knotted at 32-32. As the situation see-sawed back and forth, several spectators indicated they had a strong feeling this game would go into overtime.
However with moments remaining on the scoreboard clock, St. Georges' Tyson Rawls hit a foul shot to give his team a three-point advantage at 44-41. "I was made for this moment," said Rawls. "Ever since I was young, I was a good free-throw shooter. Anytime we're in a pressure situation, I want the ball, so I can do my best to deliver for the team. I really don't feel pressure, I get excited when the game's on the line," he said.
After a timeout, the gymnasium braced for the fantastic finish. The Cardinals brought the ball inbounds, but surprisingly went for a two-point layup, instead of attempting the game-tying, three-point shot from the outside. As the buzzer sounded, The Hawks escaped with the one-point victory and the team's 15th victory of the season.
The Cardinals gained an early edge by outscoring St. Georges 13-11 through the first eight minutes. St. Andrew's defense limited the Hawks to only six points in the second period to increase the lead to 24-17 at the halftime break.
The tide slowly but surely turned in the third quarter, as the Hawks pounded the boards and outscored St. Andrew's by a 15-8 margin thanks to an 11-point run, thus tying the score, and setting up the dramatic fourth quarter.
"I think what happened was we went to our best man-to-man coverage, and I think that was a change in the game that worked to our benefit," said Hawks' coach Rod Griffin, "I liked the way we played today, and I hope to see more of that for the rest of the season, and we had a tremendous effort on the defensive end of our game."
St. Georges, now 15-2, hosts Middletown Wednesday at 6 p.m. They will also play the Delaware Academy of Public Safety & Security on Friday at 5:15 p.m.