Devon McMillin finished with 20 points. Photo by Steve Rackley/Flat Top Photos

Central Stuns Republic with Late Rally

Springfield Central has shown all the signs of a team on the rise this season, despite a 3-7 record. Tuesday night, the Bulldogs got the marquee win they’ve been looking for against a top-tier program. Central used a 24-4 run in the second half to overcome a 15-point deficit and beat Republic in The Pit, 54-51.

For most of the night, it looked like the Tigers would fare better against Central than some other quality teams this season. Republic led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter, then outscored the Bulldogs 13-6 in the second quarter to create a double-digit lead, 29-18. The Tigers eventually led 38-23 in the middle of the third quarter, but Central stepped up its defensive intensity, started making shots, and quickly sped past the Tigers.

When the fourth quarter began, Republic’s lead was down to nine, 42-33. Central scored the first 18 points of the final period to build a 51-42 lead, then held off a furious Republic rally. The Tigers cut the lead back down to three points, and had a chance to tie the game when Ahlante Askew was fouled on a half-court shot attempt as time expired, but Askew missed a free throw to seal the Bulldog win.

It’s the first time Springfield Central has beaten Republic since 2010. The Tigers had beaten the Bulldogs 11 times in a row before Tuesday.

Devon McMillin had one of the best nights of his career offensively. He finished with 20 points to lead the Tigers in scoring. No one else was in double figures.

Republic falls to 6-6. The Tigers are home Friday for a game against Springfield Catholic.

Republic Scoring
Devon McMillin 20, Ahlante Askew 9, James Rexroat 7, Brenley Hagewood 5, Gavyn Beckner 4, Khamari Edwards 4, Gunner Ellison 2


Devon McMillin’s fast start was a big factor in Republic’s early control of the game. McMillin scored 12 points in the first half – eight of them in the second quarter – and also contributed intensity on the defensive end. Near the end of the game, when Republic fought back from a nine-point deficit, McMillin helped make the game close by stepping up again. His reverse layup cut the Central lead to two points. McMillin finished with 20 points, and he’s our Farr Better Player of the Game.

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