St. Georges and Sallies won their semifinal games Thursday night to advance to the DIAA state championship game Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.

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A young and very talented St. Georges VoTech team will match up against an equally talented squad from Salesianum High School Saturday in the 2014 DIAA boys’ state basketball championship. The game will be held at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center with the opening tipoff slated for 1 p.m.

St. Georges, whose school and varsity sports program is less than 10 years old, is vying for its first ever basketball title.

Ironically, Salesianum, whose teams have won numerous state titles, including several this year, has never won a championship on the hardwood.

St. Georges 64, Cape Henlopen 55

The Hawks defeated Cape Henlopen 64-55 Friday evening in the first game of the semifinal doubleheader. Cape’s Tony Floyd led all players with 23 points, while sophomore sensation Lamar Hamrick poured in 22 points from all over the court.

St. Georges maintained a healthy lead throughout much of the second half, but as time was running down, missed five straight free throws. The Cape Vikings were unable to close the gap, and were ultimately eliminated from the finals. In the first half, Cape also committed numerous turnovers due to jitters and a tenacious Hawks defense.

Lamar Hamrick led St. Georges with 22 points.

Salesianum 59, Concord 43

In the nightcap, Salesianum had their hands full with a fine Concord squad. But the Sals remained poised throughout the contest, and led 33-21 at the half thanks to the scoring of Villanova bound Dante Divincenzo and Matt McKusker. Cooper had 8 points for the Raiders.  By the end of the quarter, the difference remained nearly the same, as Sallies led 47-35.

Concord remained aggressive, but was not able to close the gap, and the Sals prevailed 59-43.

Divincenzo was the top scorer with 18 points for Salesianum.