LILBURN -- A lot can be said of Shiloh's big men, Robert Carter and Trayvon Reed.
On a night when No. 8 Berkmar collapsed down on the Generals' two big men, it was C.J. Keyes stepping up to lead the team with 17 points as the No. 6 Generals outlasted the Patriots 59-49.
"When you play around guys like that, you know they're going to collapse on them," Keyes said. "I was just feeling it and my shot was falling."
Shiloh started the game on a 7-0 run in the first 1:30 of the game, eventually taking a 9-3 lead when Carter slammed the ball home.
However, Berkmar (1-1) didn't let that lead last long as it fought its way back to 11-10 on a 3-pointer by Adonai Rogers. But, moments later, Carter showed shooting skills, knocking down a step-back jumper. The Generals (3-0) took a 15-14 lead into the second half, but that wouldn't last long.
Berkmar opened the quarter with two baskets to take a three-point lead, but two dunks by Reed put the Generals quickly back on top. The Generals went on to have a 12-2 run to go up 27-20, but Berkmar again fought back, scoring the last six points of the half to go into halftime down 27-26.
"We have a little work to do on our defense," said Shiloh head coach Kim Rivers. "The guys are still bonding and its coming together."
The third quarter was a much different story as Shiloh's shooters began to take over the game. Keyes knocked down a 3-pointer to put Shiloh up 35-31 midway through the third and stretched its lead one more point by the end of the quarter, 41-36.
"We've never been known to have a lot of good, consistent shooters," Rivers said. "This year, we have five guys who can consistently put the ball in the basket."
Keyes drained another 3-pointer for the win with 5:02 to go in the game, putting the Generals up 47-39.
"We know guys are going to double Robert and Trayvon," Rivers said. "It's on those nights where they're not getting their shots, our shooters have to really step up."
From there, Berkmar had trouble getting its shots to fall in as it couldn't get the game any closer than six points over the last half of the quarter. Carter's dunk and subsequent free throw after a foul virtually put the game away with 2:21 to go, 50-40.
Along with Keyes' 17 points, Carter had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Reed had 11 points and four rebounds.
For Berkmar, Rogers led the team with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, while Yonel Brown had 15 points and eight rebounds.