Millsap’s sizzling start Tuesday was too much for the Paradise Panthers to overcome.
The Bulldogs drained six 3-pointers in the first quarter on the way to 56-50 victory.
“Millsap is very good and shot the ball really well,” said Paradise coach Tim Dukes. “They missed one shot in the first quarter.”
The loss dropped Paradise to 2-5 in District 9-2A.
“We’re two games out [of fourth] with five to play,” Dukes said. “We have to win four of five. Anything is possible.”
Millsap built an 18-10 lead in the first quarter. Paradise fought back to get within three, 29-26, at halftime.
Millsap built the lead back to 14 in the third quarter before Paradise put together a fourth-quarter rally to get within two. Millsap made the plays down the stretch to get the win.
“We played pretty well,” Dukes said. “We were a few plays away.”
Cash Preather led the Panthers with 22 points, including 12 in the second half.
“We were running some isolation that allowed me to score a lot of layups,” Preather said.
Landry Norwood added 14 points for the Panthers.
Millsap’s Aaron Peninger led all scorers with 18 points on six 3-pointers.