"This is how you want to begin a tournament," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "We got the boys here early and we warmed up and we were ready to go."
The Cubs came storming out of the gates and jumped on the Pirates early using the one-two punch of Kyle Woods and Tyler Green. The duo combined for 11 of Monett's 17 first quarter points.
The Cubs led 17-8 after one quarter of play. In the second frame, Monett extended the advantage to 25-12 with 5:29 to play in the first half. Hannibal quickly responded with a 9-0 run to close the gap to 25-21 with 2:02 left in the period. Woods would end the run with two baskets before the intermission and send the Cubs into halftime with a 29-21 lead.
Hannibal came out of the locker room refreshed and looked to make a run at the Cubs. Monett, which led by as many as 13 points in the first half, watched as its lead evaporated to one point at 32-31 with 4:22 left in the third.
Goetz called a timeout and implored his team to attack and get back to basics.
The Cubs responded, ripping off nine consecutive points using two 3-pointers by Jacob Fair and a basket by Woods during the run to lead 42-31 with 1:08 left in the third.
Monett led 42-33 to open the final period and was able to hang on hitting free throws to seal the victory. The Cubs were 18 of 23 at the charity stripe for the game and 13 of 16 in the final eight minutes.
"Our boys hung tough against a bigger team today," said Goetz. "We were able to overcome 16 turnovers and that was huge. Our play makers stepped up when they needed to. I am proud of the boys."
Scoring for Monett were: Woods, 20 points; Fair, 13 points, including four treys; Green 12 points; and Tyler Webb and Jarred Witt, 9 points apiece.
Monett will play defending tournament champion Carthage. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.