Republic Tigers top milestones in regular season-ending victory

The Republic Tigers basketball team closed its regular season with a win at home on Senior Night, 63-56 over Ozark. It was a big night for Republic basketball, because in addition to honoring five seniors, the Tigers also surpassed two individual milestones. Before the game, Republic honored seniors Will Berry, Race Looney, Trevor Porter, Joe Rexroat, Nate Woolford. “I’ve said it all along ... it’s a very professional group of seniors,” said coach Tim Brown. “It’s a group that you can count on to be there every day and you can count on them to do their job and work. It’s a group that’s dependable ... not only this year, but last year. I’m just glad we could send them off in a special way.” That send-off included a huge first-half surge that turned a 9-9 tie into a 27-13 lead for Republic. The Tigers led 39-20 at halftime, and only a barrage of three-pointers by Ozark in the second half kept the game from becoming a runaway. Ozark made five three-pointers in the third quarter alone to whittle the lead down to 11 points. They made three more in the third quarter, including one as time expired, but still never got closer than eight points before the buzzer-beater made the final margin seven. The night not only included a win over a league rival, it also included two individual milestones on consecutive possessions. In the middle of the third quarter, Drew McMillin took the ball just inside the free throw line on the dribble, pulled up, and floated a high-arching shot through the net to give him 20 points for the game. The bucket also cracked the 1,000-point milestone for his career, putting him at 1,001. On the next trip down the floor, Race Looney, standing 25 feet from the basket, whipped a two-handed pass to McMillin as he cut up the right side of the lane. McMillin took the pass in stride and laid the ball into the basket, helping Looney pick up his 312th career assist. That broke the previous school record for assists in a career, 311, set by Kirk Grantham, who graduated in 1988. Republic finished the conference season with a 7-2 record, one game behind Joplin and Nixa, who tied for the title at 8-1.

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