NORCROSS - Jonathan Griffin controlled the paint and Brandon Anderson came off the bench to hit some key free throws in the fourth
quarter to give Shiloh a 79-70 win over Meadowcreek on Tuesday.
The Generals now control their own destiny. If they win their remaining three games, the Generals will be Region 8-AAAAA champions and the No. 1 seed heading into the region tournament.
"It's a step. It's a another step towards us reaching our goals," Shiloh boys coach Don Einolf said. "Whether we won or lost, we still would have three games left to play this season."
Shiloh (18-4, 10-1 in region) will face Berkmar on Friday and then will play Central Gwinnett and Grayson. The Generals have beaten all three teams already this season.
Chris Allen made a 3-pointer as time expired in the third to tie the game at 54. Meadowcreek (18-5, 9-2) kept the game close for the first couple of minutes of the final quarter, but then Shiloh went on a 8-2 run to give the Generals a 67-60 lead with three minutes left in the game.
That's when Anderson started going to the foul line. The senior made 7 of 9 free throws in the final two minutes of the game to seal the win. Anderson finished with 13 points and all of them were scored in the fourth.
"When you don't play good defense, you are going to lose ballgames," Meadowcreek coach Billy Davis said. "But we'll be ready for them next time in the region tournament. The region will come down to one of us, we'll be knocking heads again."
Sophomore Teondre Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first to give Meadowcreek an 8-4 lead. Meadowcreek led 10-7 later in the quarter and it was the last time the Mustangs held the lead.
Griffin scored seven consecutive points late in the second quarter as Shiloh went on a 13-0 run and took its biggest lead of the night at 36-26.
"We just played our ball," said the 6-foot-7 Griffin, who finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Shiloh led 37-32 and Allen, the Mustangs' leading scorer, didn't help Meadowcreek's offensive effort. The Michigan State commitment was held without a field goal in the first half and managed just six points over the first two quarters.
That all changed in the second half as Allen got the Mustangs back in the game with 14 points in third and finished with 26 points.
"You don't stop Chris Allen," said Einolf. "He did what it takes and got his teammates involved."
Williams finished with 16 points for Meadowcreek, including four 3-pointers.
Malcom Robinson had 12 points for Shiloh and Marcus Spivey scored 11.
Shiloh girls 44, Meadowcreek 25
Shiloh used a fourth-quarter surge to take a 44-25 win over Meadowcreek on Tuesday.
Shiloh led 30-17 to start the fourth and Courtney Strauthers controlled the paint, scoring 10 of her game-high 17 points in the final period.
Jessica Baker scored eight for Shiloh.
The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Generals, who improve to 14-8 overall and 5-6 in region play.
Meadowcreek (3-16, 0-9) got nine points from Camille Jackson.