"I could see by the way we warmed up and the attitudes in the locker room we were ready to play," said Monett head coach Ty Goetz. "We were able to get some stops and finished in transition."
Each team started the game timidly. The Houn' Dawg built a 6-0 lead before Tyler Green scored the Cubs' first basket at the 5:35 mark of the opening period.
In the first eight minutes, the two long-time rivals traded or shared the lead eight times. After one quarter of play, the score was deadlocked at 11-11.
The Cubs picked up the intensity in the second period, opening with a 9-1 run to take a 20-12 lead. Monett outscored Aurora 19 to 8 in the second period to lead 30-19 at halftime.
Aurora regrouped and opened the second half with a flurry of baskets to cut the Cubs' lead to 34-30 at the 4:25 mark of the third, which forced a Monett timeout.
"I told the boys that we needed to respond with a run of our own," said Goetz. "All season we had struggled to counter when teams made a run. The boys did their job."
Monett's Kyle Woods buried a trey after the time out and ignited a 20-7 run over the last three and a half minutes of the third quarter and first two minutes of the fourth to give the Cubs a 54-39 lead.
Monett extended the lead to 16 at 66-50 with two minutes left to secure the victory.
Andrew Parker led the Houn' Dawgs with 20 points. Everett Basham added 11 points.
Scoring for Monett were: Woods, 24; Jarred Witt and Green, 12 each; Jacob Fair, 7; Aaron Patton and Tyler Webb. 6 each; and Travis Thompson, 2.
Monett will be in action on Tuesday when the Cubs host Nevada. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.