St. Georges' high-powered offense outran Sussex Tech Friday night 74-69 in DIAA boys basketball playoff action.

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Sophomore Lamar Hamrick scored 31 points to lead St. Georges to a 74-69 victory over host Sussex Tech Friday night in the second round of the DIAA state basketball tournament before a packed house.

“I didn’t really feel any pressure tonight, we all knew what we had to do, and we knew we had to work hard to be successful,” said Hamrick.

The Hawks rang up a 7-0 lead before all of the fans could settle into their seats in a fast-paced, physical game that was entertaining from start to finish.

It appeared St. Georges would run the Ravens out of their own building, but after the Hawks built a 25-13 lead after one quarter, the Ravens kicked up the tempo and got back into the game. Sussex Tech outscored St. Georges in the second period, and eventually tied the score at 34-34 before the Hawks nailed a buzzer beater to take a two-point lead in to locker room at the half.

The frenzied pace continue throughout the third quarter as the Hawks built the lead to 58-54 heading into the final frame.

The determined Ravens kept the contest close, moving within two at 67-65 with 2:41 remaining and within one at 70-69 with 51.8 seconds, but the Hawks persevered and scored the final points of the game to win the cliff-hanger by a thread.

“This was a good win for us tonight,” said Hawks coach Rod Griffin. “A close, hard fought game like this will help us during the rest of the tournament. They threw a lot of pressure at us tonight, and we did a good job handling that pressure."

Sussex Tech was led in scoring by Robert Larkin with 26 points and wrapped up their season with a 14-7 record. The Hawks are now 20-3 and advance to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware on Sunday afternoon.

In other games, Salesianum beat Middletown 66-55, Sanford beat Dickinson 77-45, Concord defeated Hodgson in double OT, 55-53, Howard beat Laurel 76-70, St. Elizabeth topped CR 73-48, Cape Henlopen beat Woodbridge 58-50, and St. Mark’s downed Archmere 32-26.