With only two weeks remaining in the basketball regular season, the St. Georges Tech Hawks are trying to solidify their place in the state tournament which starts Feb. 26.
After Friday’s game vs. Concord was postponed, the Hawks stand at 10-6 overall with a 5-1 mark in the conference, in the thick of the fight for the Flight A title with Appoquinimink (9-5) and Newark (10-5).
St. Georges Tech is scheduled to host division rival Middletown today, Feb. 7, at 5:45 p.m.
The Hawks have battled through a challenging schedule, making their mark with just a few games remaining even more impressive.
Only two of their losses have come to in-state opponents, and the Hawks have played nine teams with winning records this season.
Placing the toughest opponents in front of the Hawks this year was by design, and those tough outings have paid off for St. Georges Tech.
“We try to make it a teaching moment and garner lessons learned from each game,” said St. Georges Tech head coach Rod Griffin. “Each game is different. Some games are very physical and fast paced. Others are slow and finesse games, and then some games are against tremendous shooting teams.”
He said facing a wide variety of opponents with different styles of play is an advantage.
“From these tough scheduling opportunities, we believe it helps our team be physical and mentally prepared to compete in every game,” Griffin said.
The Hawks have won four of their last five games, heading into today’s contest against the Cavaliers.
Hyland sets school scoring mark
Senior guard Nah’Shon Hyland helped power St. Georges in their most recent contest Jan. 24, scoring a game-high 19 points in an 11-point victory over Delcastle.
Hyland dropped 48 points Jan. 17 against Hodgson, becoming the Hawks’ all-time leading scorer. The Hawks’ standout, nicknamed “Bones,” now has 1,658 career points with three games still remaining in the regular season.
“Bones is a fierce competitor, blessed with a high basketball I.Q.,” said Griffin. “He rises to meet challenges in practices and game competition. His leadership inspires his teammates to compete on every play.”
Along with his obvious talent, Hyland has proven to be quite resilient on the court despite the obstacles opposing teams put in front of him.
“Every game he gets the attention of our opponents, faces double and triple teams intent on stopping him from scoring,” Griffin said. “He still scores and manages to impact the game by passing to teammates for easy scoring opportunities, rebounding and harassing the opponent into turnovers that lead to easy baskets.”
With plenty of talent, Griffin has been impressed with the growth of the team as they enter the home stretch.
Senior forward Michael McCants has also turned heads this season, along with fellow fourth- year players like guard Tyrese Owens and forwards Ahmad Taylor and Jaymyn Murphy.
“This team has survived a formidable schedule and has improved tremendously,” Griffin said. “Watching our players develop their skills, play with confidence and achieve great results has been the difference since we started in November.”
The regular season is always a grind, but the Hawks believe they’re well-prepared for the challenges ahead.
“Heading into the state tournament, our goal is to be tough defensively, rebound, play hard, play smart, play together and most of all embrace the moment,” said Griffin. “Every game we play brings out the best in every team, regardless of their win and loss record. On the road and for home games, the stands are packed with fans which helps us to be prepared for large crowds and be tournament ready.”