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Alabama power hands Shiloh first loss

ROSWELL -- Shiloh, who was ranked No. 2 in the coaches poll before the Christmas break, was coming off a big victory at No. 1-ranked Wheeler. But that 68-66 thriller came on Dec. 17.

"Going nearly two weeks between games is a long time," Generals coach Kim Rivers said.

Showing the effects of that layoff, Shiloh suffered its first loss of the season Friday night as Carver of Montgomery, Ala., raced to 74-57 victory in the Hoops In Overdrive Shootout at Centennial.

Georgia Tech signee Robert Carter scored 31 points for Shiloh (7-1), but Carver (14-3) got 33 points from Jeremy Johnson, who is being recruited by Auburn, and 18 points from Mississippi State signee Craig Sword.

Carver, which reached the Class AAAAAA state semifinals in Alabama last season, had just finished winning a tournament in Alabama and was at the top of its game. Shiloh, idle too long, wasn't.

The 6-foot-8 Carter, who had three blocks and five rebounds, was Shiloh's only double-figure scorer. Carver, a step quicker the entire game, had three with Tony Armstrong backing Johnson and Sword with 14 points.

A subplot of the game was Shiloh 7-foot sophomore Trayvon Reed going against his previous team. But he got into foul trouble and had just five points to go with three blocks and two rebounds.

Shiloh hit its first three shots, including a pair of 3-pointers by C.J. Keyes, while jumping to an 8-2 lead. But the game was tied at 18 after one quarter as Jeremy Johnson hit two 3-pointers en route to 10 points for Carver.

In was the second quarter when Carver took charge. The Wolverines quickly went up 29-22 and led by as many as 10 points before befor going intermission ahead 40-33. Carter had 14 points at halftime, including nine points in the second quarter, but he got little help from his Shiloh teammates.

After Carter threw down a dunk to start the second half, Carver went on a 7-1 run to go up 47-36 and led 54-46 after three quarters. The lead was 16 points by the middle of the fourth quarter and reached 19 points near the end.

The Generals play Rockdale County in the last of eight games today at Centennial. It is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., but will probably start much later.

"I hope we don't end up bring in the New Year," Rivers said.

Class AAAA state runners-up last season, Rockdale County (7-3) lost 60-55 to Jonesboro, ranked No. 9 in AAAA, on Friday night.

Shiloh's game against Carver didn't begin until 9:13 p.m. -- 43 minutes late -- and there were only five games on Friday. "They probably should have had one less game each day or started earlier," Rivers said.

Shiloh returns to Region 8-AAAAA play next week with three games. The Generals face Brookwood and Parkview before a showdown with South Gwinnett next Saturday