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Ng and Indians, too much for Monett

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Coming through. Monett's Dillon Freudenthal picks up a charging foul during Friday night's game against Seneca. The Cubs' final home game is Tuesday against Cassville. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Seneca's Kyler Ng scored a season-high 26 points to help lead the Indians to a 57-45 victory over the Monett basketball Cubs Friday night.

Ng (pronounced 'ING') exploded for 18 first half points, including four 3-pointers. In an earlier season game between the two Big 8 Conference foes, Ng was held to 6 points.

"He had a really good night," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "We defensively keyed on him on the second half, but Seneca's other players stepped up and hit shots."

Sky high. Tyler Green, a senior at Monett, scores 2 points against Seneca Friday night. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Indians jumped out to a 16-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cubs rallied in the second period and cut the advantage to 18-16 with two and a half minutes to play in the first half when Ng scored 10 consecutive points to help Seneca establish a 28-20 halftime advantage.

Monett regrouped at halftime and came out of the locker room with drive and purpose.

Six points by Jarred Witt and three-point plays by Tyler Green and Kyle Woods put the Cubs within two points at 31-29 with 4:39 to play in the third.

A quick basket by Elias Roelfsema and a trey by Daniel Noah gave the Indians a seven-point advantage. Woods connected on a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to pull Monett within four at 39-35 to start the fourth quarter.

Seneca's combo of Roelfsema and Noah opened up the final period with a five-point flurry to initiate an 11-2 Indians' run to effectively put the game out of reach.

"We played good defense in the second half," said Goetz. "We just didn't capitalize on our breaks."

Ng led the Indians in scoring with 26 points. Logan St. Clair added 10 points, and Noah finished with 7 points.

Scoring for Monett were: Woods, 20 points; Green, 11; Witt, 8; and Tyler Webb and Dillon Freudenthal, 2 each.

Woods scored his 1,000th career point during the game.

The Cubs will be in action on Tuesday night as they host Cassville. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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