Reed dunk sends Shiloh to region final

SNELLVILLE -- To say Shiloh center Trayvon Reed had a tough night would be an understatement.

However, when it counted the most, Reed took a pass from Nate Mason for the game-winning dunk with three seconds left to send the Generals to a 50-48 win over Berkmar in the Region 8-AAAAAA semifinals at South Gwinnett.

"Tray came through in the clutch," said Shiloh head coach Kim Rivers. "Nate made a great pass and it was a good team win."

Berkmar (15-12) was able to jump out on Shiloh quick, running out to a 16-8 lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter was an up-and-down affair as Shiloh outscored Berkmar 14-11 to go into halftime trailing 27-22.

After the half, things slowed down a bit, although Berkmar did stretch its lead to nine points on a 3-pointer by Malcolm Hannah. By the end of the quarter, Berkmar held the advantage, 36-29.

Then things changed as Shiloh's pressure defense forced Berkmar into turnovers. And the Generals took advantage.

A 3-pointer by Evyn Smith closed it to 36-34 with a 3-pointer by Mason giving Shiloh it's first lead less than a minute later.

However, the Patriots were able to go on a quick 5-0 run to take back the lead, 41-37.

As the fourth quarter moved to less than two minutes, Shiloh (21-6) went on a 9-2 run, culminating in a steal and jumper by Mason, giving the Generals a 46-43 lead.

Not to be outdone, Hannah answered with a four-point play when he was fouled during a made 3-pointer, putting Berkmar back up, 47-46.

"It's always the same way with Berkmar," Rivers said. "It's always a tough game and you know both teams are going to give it their all."

Free throws moved the game to 48-48, setting up Shiloh for the win.

Mason originally had the ball in his hands as he drove to the basket. But, as the defense collapsed on him, he found Reed and his 7-foot frame for an easy pass and easy dunk.

Berkmar's last-second heave missed its mark, sending the Generals to the title game where they will face Archer.

"We'll enjoy this one for a few hours, but then it's back to work," Rivers said.

Mason led all scorers with 24, while Reed added 10.

Berkmar was led by Hannah with 15 points, while C.J. Foster had 11 and Jonathan Sanks had 10.