AAAAA basketball blog: Shiloh faces top Alabama team; Norcross beats No. 2 team in country

Shiloh, Georgia’s top boys team so far in Class AAAAA, is back in action this week at Centennial, which is host to the Hoops in Overdrive tournament Friday and Saturday.

Shiloh (8-0) will play Carver of Montgomery on Friday in the 8:30 p.m. game. Carver was a Class 6A semifinal team in Alabama last season and features blue-chip guard Craig Sword, who has signed with Mississippi State, and 6-foot-6 forward Jeremy Johnson, who has an offer from Auburn.

Shiloh’s top player is 6-foot-8 Robert Carter, a Georgia Tech signee. Shiloh will play Rockdale County on Saturday. (See the Hoops in Overdrive schedule below.)

Another game of interest at Centennial will be Mary Persons against Osborne on Saturday at 7 p.m. Mary Persons’ top player is 6-7 forward Brannen Greene, a junior who recently committed to Kansas.

In Raleigh this week, Wheeler’s boys are playing in the 40-year-old Holiday Invitational and opened Wednesday against Kinston of North Carolina. This site should post results and schedules:

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Tevin Glass had 14 points and 11 rebounds in Milton’s 51-31 victory over Miami Senior in the first round of the Beach Ball Classic on Tuesday. Milton was scheduled to play Ballard of Kentucky on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

The brackets with boxscores of each game is online here:

Norcross won the girls tournament, called the Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational, in Myrtle Beach before Christmas with a 54-53 victory over Spring Valley of South Carolina. Diamond Sheilds scored 27 points and made four 3-pointers in the final, which Norcross trailed 32-21 at halftime. Spring Valley was ranked No. 2 nationally by Max Preps and No. 7 by USA Today.

Norcross beat Stephenson 56-40 in the semifinals. DeShields had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Tori Carter had seven steals. Stephenson’s Kaliyah Mitchell had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Another girls tournament to watch this week is the Deep South Classic, which begins Wednesday at Brookwood. The tournament, which began 20 years ago, has boys and girls teams, but from a AAAAA perspective, the girls should be more intriguing as North Cobb (7-3) and Hillgrove (9-1) are ranked in the top 10 of the coaches poll.

Here are the schedules for that tournament:

Girls –

Boys –

Hoops in Overdrive schedule
Centennial High School, Roswell

1 p.m. – Faith Baptist (Fla.) vs. Christian Faith (N.C.)
2:30 p.m. – Luella vs. Blount (Ala.)
4 p.m. – IMG (Fla.) vs. Quality Education (N.C.)
5:30 p.m. – Centennial vs. Lee (Ala.)
7 p.m. – Jonesboro vs. Rockdale County
8:30 p.m. – Shiloh vs. Carver (Ala.)
10 a.m. – IMG (Fla.) vs. Christian Faith (N.C.)
11:30 p.m. – Morgan County vs. Lee (Ala.)
1 p.m. – Monroe vs. Blount (Ala.)
2:30 p.m. – Jonesboro vs. Centennial
4 p.m. – Wenoanah (Ala.) vs. Lovejoy
5:30 p.m. – Quality Education (N.C.) Faith Baptist (Fla.)
7 p.m. – Mary Persons vs. Osborne
8:30 p.m. – Shiloh vs. Rockdale County

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December 29th, 2011
12:56 pm

Shiloh could go all the way with Carter and co…but Milton looks like the team to beat in AAAAA. The Norcross girls will roll to the title again with Diamond DeShields.


December 30th, 2011
8:29 am

@hsbbfan Oh contrare mon frere. Norcross will not be roling to a title again. Not sure if you follow girls basketball but 5AAAAA has several teams that will give Norcross all they would like. In fact McEachern has already beaten them this year.


December 30th, 2011
4:07 pm


I think McEachern just caught Norcross on a off night. I’m not saying the Indians are not strong. They very well could go all the way along with a few other teams. But Norcross is a machine and I really don’t think anyone can handle them in state. I think they would love to have a rematch with the Indians. The Norcross bb programs(boys & girls) are the best this state has to offer.


December 30th, 2011
4:08 pm

my bad…above comment should be @vernc


December 30th, 2011
11:06 pm

I could see your argument for the girls team, DeShields is a beast, and I believe they will roll again this year. But let’s not include the boys team in the same breath. If they are what the state has best to offer, we are in trouble. They are 4-6 thus far, losing to 2 NY teams, that were good, but by no means the best NY has to offer, and just lost tonight to a Dorman HS team from SC, who has no one taller than 6-3, and the 2 they do have don’t even start. Scored only 38 points against them.


December 30th, 2011
11:15 pm

Oh, and Shiloh (the top boys team in Ga. so far) lost by 17 to Carver from Alabama.


December 30th, 2011
11:23 pm

Not a good day as a whole for Georgia prep basketball, they went 2-5 against out of state teams here in Georgia. 0-3 at Hoops in Overdrive at Centennial HS. Centennial came from way back to tie in regulation, eventually losing in double overtime 72-69 to Lee HS from Ala.

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