Tigers tip off Central Ozark Conference play with two road wins

Devon McMillin takes a shot in the lane during Republic’s win at Carl Junction. (Photo by Steve Rackley - Flat Top Photos)

Republic went on the road for two wins as Central Ozark Conference play began. The Tigers opened with a 63-50 win at Neosho, then followed it up with a 75-46 romp at Carl Junction.
Republic 63
Neosho 50
Republic started strong and finished strong to put away Neosho Tuesday, 63-50. Ahlante Askew led the Tigers with 22 points, and he also led them in other ways, as well. Askew dished out several assists to teammates for easy baskets in one of his best all-around performances of the season.
“When ‘Te is in attack mode and we talk about playing downhill – getting into the lane and past the free throw line – when he does that, I feel like our basketball team’s really good,” said coach Tim Brown. “There’s not many people that can stay in front of him consistently through the course of a game. He makes really good decisions, and he’s learning to ... look to get his (points) a little more, and realizing that whenever he has that mindset, it’s going to open up so much more for others.”
Freshman Brenley Hagewood also had a big scoring night, adding 16 points. Will Fronabarger scored eight points in his second appearance of the season.
Republic outscored Neosho 21-10 in the first quarter, but went cold in the second period. The Wildcats held Republic to just six points over an eight-minute stretch and got back to within two at halftime, 25-27.
Republic 75
Carl Junction 46
Askew and Devon McMillin combined for 41 points in a blowout win at Carl Junction, Friday. The two scored 16 points in the first quarter alone to help the Tigers get off to a quick start.
The third quarter was the biggest stretch of the night for Republic. The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 22-10 to stretch a 15-point halftime lead to 61-34.
Will Fronabarger and Avery Moody, who had been penciled into the starting lineup before the season began but missed December with injuries, got their first starts of the season.
Isaiah Nabors made three three-pointers and finished with a career-high nine points. Gunner Ellison had eight points, including two treys.
Republic finished the week 9-6 overall and 2-0 in the COC.


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