LILBURN - A full moon on Friday the 13th might not have looked like the best of omens for Shiloh headed into Friday night's Region 8-AAAAA boys matchup at Parkview, a team that had already beaten the Generals twice this season.
However, Shiloh cast aside the demons of games past and posted a 66-51 win over the Panthers. The victory puts the Generals atop the region at 7-1 while Parkview fell to 13-6 overall and 6-2 in the region.
"For us tonight, it was about coming out hard," Shiloh head coach Don Einolf said as his team improved to 14-4 overall. "Coming over here we knew it was going to be tough because they (Parkview) are playing so well right now. I told our guys we had to come out fast and hard and they responded to that."
Einolf got the fast start he wanted as Shiloh outscored the Panthers 23-12 in the first quarter.
Parkview attempted to stay in the game with its outside shooting, but never got on track. The Panthers hit just 2 of 10 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished the game just 4 of 26 from beyond the arc.
Parkview was able to slow down Shiloh's offense in the second half and climbed back into the game, pulling within four points at 43-39 with 1:48 left in the third.
But Shiloh was able to repel the Panthers in the fourth by holding Parkview to 10 points while scoring 18. Jonathon Griffin, who finished with 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks, put an exclamation on the game with a dunk over Michael Palmer with 2:09 left to build the lead to 59-46.
Allen Andelija led Shiloh with 18 points, eight of which came in the second quarter. Marcus Spivey also added 11 points off the bench while Andre Mikell finished with nine points and seven boards.
Palmer got off to a fast start for Parkview by scoring 12 points in the first half, but was slowed down in the second half to finish with 15 points and nine rebounds. Ty Rowland scored 10 points, but had a tough night shooting, hitting 4 of 14 from the floor.
Parkview 61, Shiloh 58
Parkview's girls carried a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter and held on to defeat Shiloh 61-58.
The Panthers led 55-43 headed into the final quarter, but went scoreless for nearly seven minutes while Shiloh chipped away.
Jessica Baker scored seven of her game-high 21 points in the fourth as the Generals (12-6, 4-4) got as close as two points with under one minute remaining.
Baker had a chance to tie the score with five seconds left but Jessica Geiger blocked Baker's shot as she drove along the baseline.
Geiger led Parkview (11-8, 5-3) in scoring with 17 points and logged the 1,000th point of her career on a lay up with 1:28 left in the third quarter. Parkview also helped its own cause by hitting 11 3-pointers on the night.
Courtney Strauthers added 14 points for Shiloh while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds.