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Milton knocks out Knights

ALPHARETTA - Central Gwinnett had a chance to advance to the Elite Eight of the state playoffs with a win over Milton, but the Black Knights were simply blacked out.

After falling behind early, the Black Knights lost 68-45 in Alpharetta on Wednesday.

Milton broke the game open early as it raced out to a 9-0 lead before Central's Jordan Adams scored consecutive baskets to cut the deficit to 9-4. The Black Knight struggled early on as the play of Milton's Julian Royal kept Milton on top in the opening quarter.

"He is a little more athletic than some of the guys we had in the starting lineup" Central coach Dave Allen said.

Royal had a strong effort as the Black Knights were unable to stop him and his 10-point, 10-rebound performance.

The Black Knights did not have much success in stopping the other Milton players either as guard Shannon Scott and forward Dai Jon Parker helped the Eagles to a 17-point halftime lead with a series of jumpers and lay-ups.

Adams, who led the Black Knights with 15 points, helped his team rally early in the second half as Central began to show signs of life. However following its mini-rally Parker, who had 16 points, stopped the run with a tenacious one-hand slam that would spark Milton on a 8-0 run that turned a 13-point advantage into a 24-point lead after three quarters.

"We came out timid," Allen said. "We settled down but we could not keep them off the boards. People that normally score points for us did not score for us tonight."

Central buried itself in the opening quarter as it struggled to get its offense going, committing turnovers and settling for tough shots in the game's early going.

Adams converted an offensive rebound into the team's first points of game, halfway through the quarter.

Ayo Madamidola chipped in nine points and no other player scored more than five for the Black Knights.

"It was a tough one, last ball game, we have five seniors on this team... we have a lot of work to do," Allen said.