Entering the home stretch of the season, the St. Georges Tech Hawks are on the path toward another playoff berth, but still have some work to do.
Entering this week’s play, the Hawks are battling it out atop the Blue Hen Flight B Division with Hodgson. St. Georges Tech sits at 9-4, just two games behind the Silver Eagles in the loss column.
On Saturday, the Hawks will face off against a dangerously talented Woodbridge team. The Blue Raiders lead the Henlopen South Division with a mark of 10-1, good enough for second best in the state behind 13-1 Mt. Pleasant.
While Woodbridge has been one of the more impressive squads this season, the Hawks have been playing well themselves.
St. Georges Tech has won six of their last eight games, doing so against a variety of competition. During the stretch of seven games, the Hawks have knocked off in-state opponents Dickinson, A.I. duPont, Brandywine and Sussex Tech, with their only loss coming to William Penn by just two points.
The Hawks have also been impressive in tournament play lately, defeating Summit Academy Charter School from New York in the MLK Jack Byrd Invitational before knocking off Frankford High School from Pennsylvania at the Kobe Bryant Classic.
“The pace of the game is much faster when we go up against these teams,” said Head Coach Rodney Griffin. “Our players have to adjust to the tempo of the opponent. Our out of state schedule is purposely tough to evaluate our team and the progress we are making to get better.”
Sophomore Nah’Shon Hyland has shined recently, leading the team in scoring in five of the last eight games. Seniors Kyson Rawls, Tristan Guild, Ethen Brown, and sophomore Michael McCants have also been solid for the Hawks down the stretch.
The Hawks’ opponent on Saturday, the Blue Raiders, will pose quite a challenge sporting a deep and talented squad capable of putting up big numbers.
Woodbridge started the season winning each of their first eight games before suffering their first loss of the season last week against Caesar Rodney. Since then, the Blue Raiders have started another winning streak, earning victories over Sussex Academy and Milford.
Behind standouts Cornell and Hassan Corbin, Te’Vion Waters and Kejon Mosely, the Blue Raiders have averaged 68 points per game this season, second best in the state behind Newark (72).
“Woodbridge has only one loss this season and have been putting up significant points per game - they are very athletic and attack the basket,” said Griffin. “Defensively, they bring a lot of intensity and pressure the ball. It’s a great opportunity for St. Georges to compete against one of the top downstate teams.”
After taking on the Blue Raiders, the Hawks will have only six matchups remaining on their regular season schedule, including contests against Hodgson and neighbor up the street Appoquinimink who sits at 8-3 entering this week’s play.