Shiloh wins Carter's debut in overtime

ROSWELL -- Robert Carter missed a late free throw that might have won the game in regulation, but he was perfect in overtime.

So were the Georgia Tech signee's new Shiloh teammates.

With Carter going 6-for-6, the Generals didn't miss any of 12 opportunities from the line in the extra period and opened the season with a 73-65 victory over host Centennial on Tuesday night.

"We practice free throws every day," Shiloh coach Kim Rivers.

The Generals had made just 7 of 15, though, after Carter missed the second of two attempts with 15.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter, keeping the game tied.

But overtime belonged to Shiloh, which is the No. 6-ranked team in the preseason Class AAAAA poll by the GACA coaches for Ga.Prepcountry.com.

The reason for the high ranking is the 6-foot-9 Carter, who transferred to Shiloh for his senior year after starring at Class AA power Thomasville.

Swarmed all game by the Centennial defense, Carter was held to just three field goals while scoring his 18 points. But he had 10 rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists.

"Robert is one of the best players in the nation, so you expect other teams to key on him," Rivers. "Our problem is that we tend to stand around and watch. That makes your offense stagnant. But we were able to make some big 3-pointers."

Shiloh made 12 shots from behind the 3-point arc, with Carter even hitting one.

Kyle Lewis hit six 3-pointers and matched Carter's 18 points. Christopher Keys had a trio of 3-pointers en route to 13 points and Jordan Gaither hit a pair.

Shiloh won despite being without its other big transfer, 7-foot sophomore Trayvon Reed. Rivers said that Reed is battling sore ankles, but should be available soon.

With Lewis hitting a trio of quick 3-pointers, the Generals took a 15-8 lead. But Centennial closed to 32-27 at halftime and the game was tied at 46 going into the fourth quarter.

Shiloh led 60-54 with a couple minutes left in regulation, but Centennial took the lead on a rebound basket by Parker Stephenson with 27.7 seconds left. Carter was fouled when the Generals came down the court, making the first of two shots to tie the game.

Michael Pack hit two of Centennial's five 3-pointers and had a game-high 21 points before fouling out in overtime.

The Generals don't play again until facing Bishop Loughlin of New York City in the Big Apple vs. Big Peach Challenge at Shiloh on Nov. 25.

Centennial girls 60, Shiloh 56

Down by as many as 18 points, the Shiloh girls mounted a rally to make it close before losing to Centennial 60-56 in John April's first game as Generals coach.

Racquel Cranston, a freshman, had 15 points for Shiloh and junior Bria Ratliff scored 14 and added four assists. Sophomore Kaylen Ward scored nine points, all in the second half, and freshman Uche Ibebunjo grabbed nine rebounds.

"We're learning how to win," April said. "We have a very young team and it is a learning process.

Shiloh trailed 35-19 at halftime and 47-33 after three quarters. Keke Lawrence led Centennial with 11 points.