Mason's 27 leads Shiloh past Norcross

MARIETTA -- Shiloh didn't have 7-foot-1 Trayvon Reed or Bryan Thompson, both serving three-game suspensions. But thanks to Nate Mason and the remaining Generals, it didn't matter.

Norcross was without five players itself and Shiloh used its speed to race to an 80-67 victory Saturday night in the Nike Explosion at Wheeler.

Mason, a transfer from Columbia, scored 27 points while hitting four of Shiloh's nine 3-pointers and three other Generals scored in double figures.

"He can really play," Shiloh coach Kim Rivers said of his 5-foot-10 senior point guard. "I was keeping it quiet a little bit, but you saw just how good he is."

Without Reed and the 6-foot-3 Thompson, the Generals still did a good job on the boards and exploited Norcross defensive breakdowns with their speed.

Idris Taqqee, a 6-foot-4 junior transfer from New England, had 13 points, and seniors Kyle Lewis and Evyn Smith each scored 11.

Shiloh (3-0) hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter while jumping to a 25-16 lead. Norcross (2-2) made two runs, closing to 44-43 at halftime and tying the game at 66 after entering the final quarter down 64-55.

Shiloh, however, then scored 11 straight points to put the victory away as Norcross went ice cold.

Andre Chatfield led the Blue Devils with 18 points. Brandon Goodwin scored 13, and Ricky Madison and Khalen Pickett each added 11 points.

Norcross was ranked No. 25 nationally by USA Today going into the season, but is without three players because of football and College of Charleston signee Terrance O'Donohue is out after knee surgery. The Blue Devils are also without 7-foot sophomore Rasheed Stanley until the second semester.

Shiloh will be minus Reed -- one of the top junior prospects in the country -- and Thompson when it hosts two-time defending region champion Berkmar in an early 8-AAAAAA showdown on Tuesday. They received two-game penalties for ejects and then a third game was added by Rivers.

"We miss Trayvon, but he has to do the right things," Rivers said. "He has to buy into the program like everybody else."

Norcross, of course, wants the football season to stretch to the state championship game on Dec. 15. That's also about the time the 6-foot-7 O'Donohue should be cleared to play.

"It was minor surgery," Blue Devils coach Jesse McMillan said. "He had to have his knee cleaned out."