Limited to just a single basket in the second quarter, the Monett Cubs fell behind by 21 points by intermission and were unable to overcome that huge deficit in losing to the Republic Tigers 58-25 in a home non-conference basketball game Friday night.
Monett dropped to 2-5 on the year.
"I don't think we could have shot the all any worse than we did," said Monett Coach Ty Goetz. "We did some good things defensively but couldn't buy a basket on offense. Our rebounding also needs to get better."
Spenser Witt's basket for the Cubs with 3:40 remaining in the first quarter tied the game at 2-2. Republic then forged a 13-6 first quarter advantage.
Then came the disastrous second quarter. The Tigers scored the first 9 points in the second stanza before the Cubs got their only points on a basket by Kyle Woods with 4:01 left until halftime. The half ended with Republic on top 29-8.
It was more of the same in the third period. Turnovers were costly as Republic, behind the hot shooting of Kevin Stander, forged a 48-19 lead by quarter's end. The Tigers outscored Monett 10-6 in the final period.
Kennon Cox and Tyler Green led the Cubs in scoring for the game with 8 points each. Also scoring for Monett were Kyle Woods with 4 points, Devin Steward with 3 points and Witt with 2 points.
Woods led the team in rebounds with three. Witt had two assists.
Monett also lost the preliminary tilt to the Tiger jayvees 44-34.
Scoring for the Monett junior varsity were Jacob Fair and Travis Thompson with 7 points each, Aaron Hall and Tyler Webb with 6 points each, Steward with 4 points, and Jarred Witt and Christian Wooldridge with 2 points each.
Monett will play Monday at 1:30 p.m. against Central Park in the Neosho Tournament.