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Broncos hit a dozen 3's to beat Shiloh

SNELLVILLE -- Brookwood didn't have an answer for Shiloh's 7-foot Treyvon Reed in the paint. So the Broncos went to the perimeter.

Brookwood hit a dozen 3-pointers as it took down Region 8-AAAAAA leader Shiloh 74-53 on Tuesday.

"They were so much bigger than we were. We had to get up," Brookwood coach Daniel Bowles said. "We can't guard those guys inside, so we knew we had to get it going."

The Broncos (16-5, 8-4 region) had three players score in double figures. R.J. Smith led the hot shooting with six 3-pointers, while Kendall Smith knocked down four.

"Our kids executed and we hit shots tonight. That was a big deal," Bowles said. "We hit a bunch of 3s. We always play hard, but tonight we hit a few shots and it got us going even a little bit more."

The Broncos' win keeps them in third place in the region standings with two weeks until the region tournament.

"Honestly, it doesn't matter where you are in the region right now because everybody is good," Bowles said. "I've never seen a year like this with one through nine is good. The region tournament is going to be a lot of fun."

Brookwood's win over Shiloh gave the Generals their second loss to a Georgia school this season. The last one came to Berkmar in the Region 8 opener back on Dec. 4.

The Generals (13-4, 9-2) were riding some big wins in recent weeks, including an overtime victory over Archer. But without starter Nate Mason, who sat on the bench in street clothes, the Generals weren't the same.

Brookwood jumped out to a 10-4 lead after a pair of free throws from Chris Powell. Shiloh scored the next seven points and Evyn Smith's 3-pointer gave the Generals the lead. The Broncos' Terence Higginbotham stole an inbound pass and coasted for a layup to put Brookwood ahead 17-14 at the end of the first quarter and start a dangerous second-period run.

"We always play fast and try to get up and down," Bowles said. "Our pressure didn't force a ton of turnovers but it got the pace the way we wanted it."

The Broncos scored nine straight points to start the second quarter. Shiloh's Reed briefly ended the run with a putback and 3-pointer with 4:03 left in the half. Reed, a Division I college prospect, finished with 11 points. Brookwood went on a 10-2 run to end the half, which was capped by R.J. Smith's 3-pointer to give the Broncos a 38-21 lead.

"I was hyped up," Smith said. "My team came out so strong and I had to finish for them with some 3s."

R.J. Smith's hot shooting continued in the second half when he hit three 3-pointers in less than two minutes to put the Broncos ahead 54-31.

"Tonight, I just felt it and they kept giving me the rock. I just kept shooting it," Smith said.

R.J. Smith was the game's leading scorer with 22 points. He 6 of 9 shooting on 3-pointers and Brookwood was 12 of 19. Shiloh was 5 of 21 on 3-pointers.

Deion Dedeaux had 17 points and Joseph added 16 for the Broncos.

Brookwood girls 55, Shiloh 34

Brookwood led 25-16 at halftime before Courtney Gardner scored seven of her 19 points to lead the Broncos past Shiloh 55-34.

Gardner was the game's leading scorer followed by Rebecca Walker's 11 points and nine from Taylor Rinehart.

Shiloh was led by 12 points from Bria Ratliff and nine from Liche Ibebunjo.