The Cubs were able to overcome foul trouble in the second quarter to pull out a hard-fought 63-54 win over Diamond last night.
A strong first quarter of play put the Cubs up 17-11, but when fouls started to add up, Monett was outscored 7 to 17 in the second stanza, which gave Diamond a 28-24 edge at the end of the second stanza.
Coach Ty Goetz's halftime talk must have been inspiring as the Cubs were fired up coming out of the locker room.
Monett put up 17 points in the third quarter and 22 in the fourth and overwhelmed Diamond for the 63-54 win.
"We had a good start but got in foul trouble," said Coach Goetz. "I was proud of the way we came out in the third quarter with more energy and intensity.
"We did a better job of rebounding and hitting our free throws in the second half," added Coach Goetz.
Kyle Woods led the Cubs with 19 points and eight rebounds. Both Tyler Green and Kennon Cox added 12 points each, and Green was credited with five rebounds and Cox dished out two assists.
Spenser Witt had 8 points and five rebounds, and Trenton Peirce tallied 12 points and three rebounds in the win.
In the junior varsity contest, Monett earned an exciting 43-42 victory over Diamond.
Jacob Fair was the Cubs' leading scorer with 14 points. Others adding to Monett's point total were: Travis Thompson, 8; Tyler Webb, 7; Devin Steward, 6; Jarred Witt, Christian Wooldridge, Chandler Wammack and Aaron Hall, 2 points each.
The Cubs play tomorrow night at Mt. Vernon.