No. 1 Sanford defeated No. 5 St. Georges Tech, 67-50, in the DIAA Boys Basketball State Semifinals Thursday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.

In a physical game from the tip, Sanford looked to control the boards early, led by Jyare Davis and Nnanna Njoku.

The Warriors built a 12-point lead at halftime, a double-digit lead they would hold until the fourth quarter.

In the opening minutes of the final stanza, St. Georges Tech’s Nah’Shon Hyland hit two three-pointers to cut the Sanford lead to single digits, but the Hawks weren’t able to rally down the stretch.

Hyland led the way for the Hawks, finishing with 26 points.

St. Georges Tech finished the regular season 14-6, winning the Blue Hen Conference title game over A.I. duPont.

The Hawks earned the No. 5 seed in the state tournament and an opening round bye. They downed A.I. once again in the second round, 54-37, before a 58-41 win over Caesar Rodney to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.

Sanford moves on to Saturday’s state title game against No. 2 Dover, who defeated Caravel Academy, 68-52, Thursday night.