The St. Georges boys' basketball team is slowly but surely putting together a fine campaign after last year's losing record.
The Hawks fast-paced tempo upended visiting Dickinson 65-43 Tuesday afternoon for their 13th victory of the year.
The Rams are a bigger team physically, but the Hawks speed and pinpoint passing were too much for the young Dickinson squad to handle.
The Hawks jumped out to a 15-10 lead after the first quarter on strong passing, good shooting and a tenacious defense. Despite their lack of size compared to the Rams, St. Georges got more than their share of rebounds, especially on the offensive boards.
In the second quarter, the fast-paced tempo slowed down somewhat, but the Hawks outscored the Rams by six to increase their advantage to 29-18 at the half.
St. Georges offense kept Dickinson off balance by spreading the ball around the court and utilizing a trio of shooters including Zaire Jacobs-Beazer, Lamar Hamrick and Jordan Eldridge.
The pace quickened again in the third quarter with the Hawks taking advantage of their speed. They increased their lead to 49-34 with one quarter left to play.
St. George's went on a 10-3 run early in the fourth period that gave the home team a 20-point advantage. The action then got a little physical, but order was quickly restored without further incident. The Hawks' defense did a great job stealing or tipping passes, and controlling the boards. Dickinson scored only nine points in the final quarter and also hurt themselves by having a poor game at the charity stripe, at one point shooting 4 for 12 from the line.
The Hawks are now 13-2 on the season. Their next opponent will be McKean. The home game is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. On Saturday, they will play at St. Andrew's starting at 3:30 p.m.
The Rams, meanwhile, fall to 9-6 on the season, after winning six of their last seven games. Dickinson's next game will be at Brandywine on Thursday, beginning at 5:15 p.m. On Saturday, they will play at home against Tower Hill starting at 1:30 p.m.