Both the Monett Cubs and Lady Cubs lost opening basketball games on Monday in the Neosho Holiday Tournament.
It was like David versus Goliath when the Monett Cubs tangled with the Central Park Eagles out of Birmingham, Ala., only in this case the outcome was predictable. Central Park, winners of 95 straight games, rolled over Monett 83-15.
Devin McNeil got it going for Central Park with a three just 20 seconds into the game. The much taller and quicker Eagles scored the first seven points before Trenton Pierce tossed in a short jumper with 6:18 left in the first quarter.
With 4:30 to go in the quarter Monett's Kennon Cox nailed a trey to make the score 15-7 in favor of the Eagles. Central Park scored the last 6 points of the quarter for a 21-7 advantage.
Central Park exploded in the second period, scoring the first 10 points to build a huge 31-7 lead before the Cubs finally got on the scoreboard on a basket by Pierce with 6:08 remaining until the half, which ended with the Eagles ahead 45-12.
With a flurry of dunks, treys and lay-ups, Central Park turned the game into a complete rout by outscoring the Cubs 30-0 in the third stanza. A slower pace followed in the last quarter with the Eagles still outscoring Monett 8-3.
Pierce was Monett's leading scorer with 6 points. Also scoring for the Cubs were Cox with 4 points, Kyle Wood with 3 points and Josh Shaner with 2 points.
Van Green tallied 18 points for Central Park.
Monett, 2-7, played again in tournament on Tuesday against Springfield Central.
The Monett girls sustained a heart-breaking loss in overtime to Waynesville 62-52.
Waynesville led just 26-25 at intermission and then forged an 8-point lead, 39-31, going into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Cubs staged a big rally and outscored Waynesville 19-11 and managed to tie the game at 50-50 at the end of regulation. Waynesville then outscored the Lady Cubs 12-2 in the extra period to claim the win.
Jenny Frazier led Monett in scoring with 17 points. Also scoring for the Lady Cubs were Hunter Glouse and Madison Carlin with 14 points each, Aubrey Lemaster with 4 points and Amanda McKinney with 3 points.
Frazier led the team in rebounds with 13 and in steals with 4. McKinney was the team leader in assists with 8.
Monett, 0-6, played Kansas City Ruskin on Tuesday.
Other girls area results in the tourney on Monday were Purdy over Morrilton, Ark. 60-34, Bentonville, Ark. over Cassville 38-21, and Carl Junction over Pierce City 36-29.