MARIETTA Senior guard Corbyn Moye had a huge game, but it wasn't enough as the Shiloh boys basketball team lost 76-59 to Marietta on Friday night in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.
In their first state tournament appearance since 2007, the Generals (14-15) were dominated from the opening tip by a much taller, quicker Blue Devils squad (12-18) as the Generals were outscored in every quarter.
"This is new for these young guys," Shiloh head coach Kim Rivers said. "Having never been in the tournament before, never having this success at Shiloh.
"We started off not playing real well defensively and in order for us to be effective with this team, we had to keep teams in the 50s and we're not gonna win too many games if we give up 70 points."
Trailing by a score of 58-41 late in the third quarter, the Generals made things interesting with a 18-10 run that closed their deficit to nine with 1:21 left on the game clock.
However, Shiloh allowed the Blue Devils to get to the free throw line 28 times in the fourth quarter as Marietta pulled away for the lopsided victory. In his final game as a General, Corbyn Moye led the way on the offensive end for Shiloh by scoring 33 points and dropping three of his first four three-point attempts in the opening quarter.
"(Moye) played a great game tonight ... he didn't want to lose," Rivers said. "He went out with all guns loaded and he shot the ball well and unfortunately we didn't get another double-digit contribution from anybody and I think that was the difference."
While forward Jordan Gaither scored in double-digits with 10 points, he was the only other General with any offensive success.
As disappointing as the first-round exit was for his squad, Rivers still has high hopes for the future of his program and knows that the lessons learned on Friday night will serve as an important learning experience for his younger players.
"This was a great season for the Generals," Rivers said. "I think a lot of the kids have learned from this and hopefully now they'll believe that they can be a top team in Region 8-AAAAA."