Republic’s McMillin leads Tigers to non-league road win

Devon McMillin scored a career-best 24 points in Republic’s win in Sedalia. (File photo by Steve Rackley / Flat Top Photos)

Now 10-6 on season, local squad looks to Bolivar tournament
Republic stepped out of conference play to pick up a lopsided road win in Sedalia, beating Smith-Cotton 76-44. Devon McMillin led the Tigers with a career-high 24 points.
The game marked the first time this season that coach Tim Brown started the five players he’d planned to start in the weeks before the season began. Avery Moody and Will Fronabarger missed most of the first half of the season with injuries, and another player illness delayed the debut of Brown’s envisioned starting lineup: Moody, Fronabarger, McMillin, Ahlante Askew, and Brenley Hagewood.
Smith-Cotton, which had won just one game all season, made five three-point shots in the second quarter in a vain attempt to stay in the game, but Republic blew the score open in the second half. Republic held Smith-Cotton to six points in the third quarter and outscored Smith-Cotton 44-16 in the second half.
McMillin continued his mid-season success, topping 20 points in a game for the second time in January. The majority of his points come on short-range shots as he dribble-drives or cuts to the basket without the ball and counts on his teammates to find him open.
“Last year... my role on the team was just screen and slip for Drew (McMillin) and Ahlante. Since Drew graduated, Ahlante’s been the only one in that role,” McMillin said. “So I pretty much, in the offense, just headhunt ‘Te, and every time I set him a screen, I slip, and he’s got an eye for that kind of thing. We’ve done it so much, he’s real good at hitting me on the back side every time I cut.”
Askew finished with 17, and he’s Republic’s leading scorer, but he gets more satisfaction out of finding open teammates. His favorite play to make is “a no-look pass. I like passing. It’s my thing growing up. That’s what I like to do and that’s what I’ve been good at.”
The win was the 10th of the season for the Tigers. They’re now 10-6 and will play three games at the Bolivar Tournament this weekend.


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