"I thought we struggled to start our last couple of games with emotion and energy," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "Tonight, we show the effort that I have wanted all season long. The boys played really well and attacked the basket all night long."
Tyler Green's layup 90 seconds into the game, followed by a Kyle Woods' jumper and a Jacob Fair trey, helped the Cubs build an 8-0 lead. Monett extended that advantage to 13-2 before Lamar settled into any type of rhythm.
"We did a good job of causing havoc on the defensive end," said Goetz. "Lamar loves to throw the ball over the top into the low post. We were able to pick up four or five turnovers defending that entry pass. We had a good week of practice, and it showed on the court tonight."
The Cubs extended their advantage to 40-27 by halftime, outscoring the Tigers 22-13 in the second quarter. By the beginning of the fourth period, Monett was up 57-40.
Drew Buckner led Lamar in scoring with 20 points. Josh Garfield added 12 points.
Scoring for Monett were: Woods, 25; Tyler Webb, 13; Aaron Patton, 11, Green, 10; Fair, 6; Jarred Witt, 5; and Travis Thompson, 3.
The Cubs host Diamond on Tuesday at 6 p.m.