AAAAAA boys: Peachtree Ridge 67, Shiloh 60

Tied at halftime, Peachtree Ridge blew the game open during the first 6 minutes of the third quarter, opening a double-digit lead en route to a 67-60 win at Shiloh in the second round of the Class AAAAAA Tournament.

Coming out of halftime, the Lions were clearly the aggressor, taking the ball to the basket against the Generals (22-7) and scoring their first 10 third-quarter points on layups.

Over the first 5:57 of the third quarter, Peachtree Ridge (21-9) went on a 14-1 run, capped by an Aaron Augustin 3-pointer that stretched the lead to 43-30, the largest of the game for either team.

Peachtree Ridge coach Keith Arrington said he wanted his team to come out of halftime and stay grounded, and the message appeared to pay off.

“I told them, ‘All right, let’s play in the moment. Don’t start looking, are we gonna have a chance to win? Just play every play one at a time,” Arrington said. “Don’t look ahead. In the moment, that’s what we want.”

The Lions would never again lead by fewer than 5, though it wasn’t clear sailing to the end.

The biggest obstacle – literally and figuratively – to the Lions’ victory may have been 7-foot Trayvon Reed, Shiloh’s mountain in the paint who can vastly alter any opponent’s inside game.

While he did have an almost inevitable 17 rebounds, he only had 9 points and 4 blocks, as the Lions used what size they have – typically 6-foot-8 Amir Warnock – to make life tougher on Reed out on the perimeter.

“We kind of stayed one on one in the post and tried to push him out far enough that he couldn’t just turn and shoot it,,” Arrington said. “He was always out two or three steps. He never got it on the block.”

That helped allow the Lions to outrebound Shiloh 44-39, and it also didn’t hurt that Peachtree Ridge hit eight 3-pointers to keep the Shiloh defense from packing it in to the paint.

But it was going to take free throws to win it down the stretch. Peachtree Ridge started the game 3 of 10 from the line but made 10 of 13 in the final 3:55 to hold off the Generals.

Nate Mason had a game-high 20 points for Shiloh. Jordan Capps led the Lions with 18.

8 comments Add your comment

Hubert Green

February 23rd, 2013
11:53 pm

Jordan Capps is a very talented 6′7″ wing for P Ridge, yet his outside shooting can be inconsistent. He was obviously on tonight. Reed needed to go for more than nine points for Shiloh to win.

Snakedaddy

February 24th, 2013
2:56 pm

The State of Georgia has a lot of good basketball talent. 2 much really to comprehend. In my opinion this year AAAA is the best classification in Boys and Girls Basketball this year. Also to me the most intrigue exists in AAAA. A lot of good games Georgia wide. My picks for AAAAAA Girls Norcross AAAAAA Boys Norcross AAAAA Boys Miller Grove AAAAA Girls Miller Grove AAAA Girls Columbia AAAA Boys Columbia. In Single A lookout in Boys Greenforest Christian Academy.

Shaunster

February 24th, 2013
4:49 pm

Hubert Green, I am looking for Peachtree Ridge to beat Wheeler by 15-20 in the Douglas Lipscomb gymnasium. What do you think about that?

fambro

February 24th, 2013
5:16 pm

@snakedaddy i dont know about the other region but columbia is going to have a hard time vs marist and i think south atlanta is the sleeper in 4a region

iknowbasketball

February 24th, 2013
5:27 pm

Peachtree Ridge has alot on their plate…can they make it with a young freshman pg leading them?? We will see against Wheeler Wednesday wont we…6A basketball at its finest! I do believe region 7 is the toughest of them all tough. Maybe Norcross to win it all??

Snakedaddy

February 25th, 2013
6:36 pm

@Fambro. Yes Marist will give Columbia a hard time but until someone actually beats Columbia in 4A they are the team to beat. South Atlanta is definitely a team to reckon with as well as Eagles Landing. Its going to be interesting. Not for the faint of heart.

Snakedaddy

February 25th, 2013
6:43 pm

@Shaunster like Boyz to Men sang, It’s The End of the Road for Peachtree Ridge. Stick a Fork in Peachtree Ridge they are done. Coach Lipscomb has 5 rings with Wheeler and he knows how to prepare for big games such as this one. Wheeler will not lose at home.

Raider 86

February 27th, 2013
9:36 am

Wheeler’s length may pose a problem for Ptree Ridge—And their guard play has been very good of late–they have several guards that come off the bench that would start for 90% of the teams they play. The Ridge better come in with a plan for that extended 1-3-1 wheeler is getting better at playiing. I look for a good game tonite though—If Ptree gets into a run and gun game with them though, it could be tough with all of Wheelers weapons. On a side note….who was the last team to beat Wheeler at home?? Oh yea, the Walton raiders….Starting a Freshman and a sophomore..
Sorry, had to get that in…..:) I am pulling for Wheeler, cause its always nice to say that you beat The State Champ…