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  • Sallies defeats St. Georges for first basketball title

  • Dante DiVincenzo scored 18 points and Brian O’Neill added 15 to lead Salesianum to a 50-45 victory over the St. Georges Hawks in the DIAA championship game held at the Bob Carpenter Center Saturday afternoon.
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  • Dante DiVincenzo scored 18 points and Brian O’Neill added 15 to lead Salesianum to a 50-45 victory over the St. Georges Hawks in the DIAA championship game held at the Bob Carpenter Center Saturday afternoon.
    The victory gave Salesianum its long-awaited first-ever basketball state title.
    “This was a very special game today, and very special to be part of Sallies first-ever basketball championship,” said O’Neill, who was also part of the football championship team.
    The Sals jumped out to an 8-0 lead before the crowd settled in, but the tenacious Hawks climbed back in to close to 15-11 after the first quarter.
    After the slow start, the Hawks offense kicked into high gear.St. Georges was led by sophomore sensation Lamar Hamrick, who had 19 points to lead all scorers and he grabbed 8 rebounds.
    “Our slow start really hurt us,” said Hawks coach Rod Griffin. “But we played well after the first quarter and we settle down and played good, solid basketball after that.”
    In the second quarter, the Sals slowed down on offense, but held a 25-19 lead. Then St. Georges really picked up the pace and out-scored the Sals 13-8 to cut the deficit to 33-32.
    The Hawks' defense continued to apply pressure, often sending Sallies to the line to shoot free throws. The Sals were a dismal 14-34 from the charity stripe for the game.
    But DiVincenzo rescued his team, hitting two three-pointers in the last two minutes of the game. That was enough for Salesianum to hang on.
    “Don’t talk about free throws,” said Sallies coach Brendan Haley. “But I was proud the way we played down the stretch. They challenged us, but we were able to hold on and finish the game."
    St. Georges finished their splendid season with 21-4 record, while the Sals finished at 22-2, and earned a shiny new prize for their gymnasium trophy case.
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