The Monett Cubs freshman team won its first "M" Club Tournament championship on Saturday with a 43-25 victory over Cassville.
In the semi-finals on Friday, Monett dispatched East Newton 41-25.
The Cubs and Patriots were tied 8-8 at the end of the first quarter, and Monett led 21-10, at halftime. Monett outscored East Newton 10-8 in the third period and 10-7 in the fourth quarter.
"We started slow but really opened up in the second half," said Monett coach Blair Powell. "Kyndal Phillips came off the bench to lead the charge for us, and Zack Hammond had a great start. Chad Swanson had a monstrous second half, scoring 7 points in the third quarter."
Scoring for Monett were: Phillips, 13 points; Swanson, 11 points; Hammond, 5 points; Quincy Jackson and Isaac Long, 2 points each; and Nathan Webb, 1 point.
Cassville gained the upper hand early in the championship game, racing out to a 9-2 lead and forcing the Cubs to burn a time out to regroup. Monett settled down and battled back to trail 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.
The Cubs continued to seize the momentum in the second period and clamped down on the defensive end of the court. Monett managed to outscore the Wildcats 20 to 5, including a pivotal 15- 0 run to take a 30-17 lead into the break and energize the home crowd.
"We were excited to play in the championship game and came out a little flat," said Powell. "I was worried about their focus when they walked on to the floor. They were a little too loose in the locker room. I was pleased that we took advantage of the momentum generated in the second quarter and completed the victory, along with the tournament championship."
Scoring for Monett were: Swanson, 12 points; Hammond and Jackson, 11 points each; Phillips, 4 points; Long, 3 points; and Elijah George, 2 points.
The freshmen Cubs host Republic on Friday. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.