Rawls muscles St. Georges boys past Woodbridge

Rawls muscles St. Georges boys past Woodbridge

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MIDDLETOWN – Kyson Rawls wasn’t going to lose on his mother’s birthday.

Rawls made mom proud, muscling into the lane for a three-point play with 9.6 seconds left Saturday to push St. Georges to a hard-fought, 53-52 home victory over Woodbridge.

“With the time running down, I want the ball in my hands,” said Rawls, a senior guard who was first team All-State last season. “Basically, when I got the ball, they were playing tough D, and I lost the ball around the 3-point line. Got it back, saw a lane and just went to the basket.

“I know I’m stronger than most of my opponents, so I battled through the contact. I’m just thanking God for the layup going in. It was a tough shot, but it went in.”

Rawls also made the free throw for the go-ahead point, and the fourth-ranked Hawks (10-4) made one more stop to foil the Blue Raiders (10-2). A jump ball was called with 1.1 seconds remaining, giving Woodbridge an inbounds play under the basket. Kejon Mosley cut into the lane and got an off-balance shot off, but it bounced off the back of the rim.

“It was a playoff atmosphere,” said St. Georges coach Rod Griffin, who guided the Hawks into the DIAA championship game before losing to Sanford last year. “They brought a lot of fans from down south. You need these kinds of games as you move toward the playoffs, and I think our guys showed a lot of character.”

St. Georges was flying high early, scoring the first seven points. Sophomore guard Nah’Shon Hyland reeled off 11 points – including two 3-pointers – in the first quarter as the Hawks built a 20-12 lead.

“We got out in transition,” Griffin said. “We played really good help defense, and in that regard, once we started changing our defenses it threw them off.”

But the Blue Raiders held the Hawks scoreless for the first four minutes of the second quarter, pulling within 20-17 on a 3-pointer by Mosley and long jumper by Brandon Palmer. Woodbridge continued to gain momentum, taking a 27-26 lead into halftime after Mosley’s steal and layup.

“We came out a little flat,” Blue Raiders coach Julius Cannon said. “Usually we’re the ones who come out aggressive, but we didn’t. We just had to gather ourselves. This is probably the toughest game we’ve played all season… Once we settled down, I think we did fine.”

The Blue Raiders scored the first seven points of the third quarter, stretching their lead to 34-26 on Cornell Corbin’s fast-break layup. The Hawks battled back, and Rawls’ free throws tied it at 39 heading into the fourth quarter.

“We let our intensity go down, and they were very relentless when it came to going after the boards and hustle plays,” Griffin said of the Blue Raiders. “… Once they got confidence, you saw a change in the game.”

Woodbridge surged ahead again, as Corbin’s fallaway jumper capped an 11-5 run for a 50-44 lead with 4:26 to play. St. Georges answered with six straight, and tied it at 50 on Hyland’s free throws at the 1:02 mark. Hassan Corbin’s layup with 28 seconds left gave Woodbridge a 52-50 advantage and set up Rawls’ heroics.

“Oh my goodness, what a play,” Griffin said. “… I had two timeouts. I’m trying to decide do I call a timeout, or do I go with what we taught them? Fortunately, I trusted my intuition and I let him go.”

Rawls and Hyland each scored 21 points for St. Georges. Hassan Corbin led Woodbridge with 21, and Cornell Corbin added 12.

Contact Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

Michael McCants of St. Georges Technical takes a foul shot in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Michael McCants of St. Georges Technical takes a foul shot in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Nah'Shon Hyland of St. Georges Technical drives the ball down the court between heavy Woodbridge defense in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Nah’Shon Hyland of St. Georges Technical drives the ball down the court between heavy Woodbridge defense in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Nah'Shon Hyland of St. Georges Technical takes the ball to the net in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Nah’Shon Hyland of St. Georges Technical takes the ball to the net in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Brandon Palmer of Woodbridge takes a jump shot in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Brandon Palmer of Woodbridge takes a jump shot in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Tristan Guild of St. Georges Technical tries to pass the ball past the defense of Shymere Vessels of Woodbridge in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Tristan Guild of St. Georges Technical tries to pass the ball past the defense of Shymere Vessels of Woodbridge in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Brandon Palmer of Woodbridge takes the ball to the net in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Brandon Palmer of Woodbridge takes the ball to the net in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Brandon Palmer of Woodbridge takes the ball down the court past the defense of Prosper Tarley of St. Georges Technical in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Brandon Palmer of Woodbridge takes the ball down the court past the defense of Prosper Tarley of St. Georges Technical in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Nah'Shon Hyland (center) of St. Georges Technical takes the ball to the net between the defense of Cornell Corbin (left) and Shymere Vessels (right) of Woodbridge in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Nah’Shon Hyland (center) of St. Georges Technical takes the ball to the net between the defense of Cornell Corbin (left) and Shymere Vessels (right) of Woodbridge in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Nah'Shon Hyland (center) of St. Georges Technical takes the ball to the net between the defense of Cornell Corbin (left) and Shymere Vessels (right) of Woodbridge in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Nah’Shon Hyland (center) of St. Georges Technical takes the ball to the net between the defense of Cornell Corbin (left) and Shymere Vessels (right) of Woodbridge in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Cornell Corbin of Woodbridge beats Voshon Wharton of St. Georges Technical to a rebound ball in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Cornell Corbin of Woodbridge beats Voshon Wharton of St. Georges Technical to a rebound ball in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Prosper Tarley of St. Georges Technical takes the ball to the net as Shymere Vessels of Woodbridge tries to defend in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Prosper Tarley of St. Georges Technical takes the ball to the net as Shymere Vessels of Woodbridge tries to defend in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Nah'Shon Hyland of St. Georges Technical takes the ball down the court as Khalil Holliman-Letherwood of Woodbridge tries to defend in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Nah’Shon Hyland of St. Georges Technical takes the ball down the court as Khalil Holliman-Letherwood of Woodbridge tries to defend in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Ethen Brown of St. Georges Technical takes the ball to the net past the defense of Blaize Rayford of Woodbridge in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Ethen Brown of St. Georges Technical takes the ball to the net past the defense of Blaize Rayford of Woodbridge in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Khalil Holliman-Letherwood of Woodbridge takes the ball to the net in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Khalil Holliman-Letherwood of Woodbridge takes the ball to the net in boys basketball at St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

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