For seniors Travis Thompson, Jacob Fair, Tyler Webb, Tyler Green, Jarred Witt and Dillon Freudenthal, the game marked the last time the six players would play in Monett High School's gymnasium.
They didn't disappoint.
"Tonight, we put four solid quarters together," said Monett coach Ty Goetz. "We have the ability to be a hard team to beat when we play like we did tonight."
Monett was aggressive all night and jumped out to an early 9-2 lead. The Patriots rallied and took an 18-16 lead on a Jaron McCully 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first period.
The Cubs opened the second period on a tear. Junior Kyle Woods checked into the game and scored 8 consecutive points to help ignite a 15-4 run that put Monett in control. The Cubs led 34-26 at halftime.
Monett came out of the locker room ready to roar. Using opportunistic defense, the Cubs forced six Patriot turnovers that led to 8 fastbreak points. Monett outscored East Newton 14 to 7 in the third to lead 48-33 at start the final period.
Tucker Anderson, who averages 22.4 points per game for East Newton, was held in check by the Cubs' defense and was limited to 9 points.
"We knew coming in we had to slow Anderson down," said Goetz. "Anytime you can slow a team's leading scorer to below half his season average you have done a good job on defense."
Scoring for Monett were: Green, 18; Woods, 17; Thompson, 8; Freudenthal, 7; Witt, 6; and Webb and Fair, 5 each.
Monett faces Reeds Spring on Tuesday in the opening round of the district tournament. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.