On Dec. 1 the Cubs (0-3) lost to Nevada 55-43, and on Nov. 28 Monett was tripped up by Seneca 63-51.
Despite the results in the win-loss column Monett coach Ty Goetz was very optimistic.
"We definitely improved from the first game of this tournament," said Goetz. "We are still committing too many turnovers, but we are also still trying to get our legs under us."
Against the Tigers, Monett was evenly matched through three quarter.
The Cubs trailed 9-8 after the first quarter and 20-19 at halftime.
Nevada's largest lead of the first half was five points (20-15) but a basket by Caleb Blue and Kyle Woods sent the purple and gold into intermission only down a point.
Each team traded buckets to open the third period. Woods' 3-pointer with 4:54 left in the third lifted the Cubs to a brief 26-23 lead but a Silas Smith trey two minutes later tied the contest at 31-31. Monett would never regain the lead and trailed 34-33 heading into the final frame.
The fourth period belonged to the Tigers and more specifically Smith.
Smith opened the final frame for Nevada with a triple near the top of the key to ignite a quick 7-3 run to put Nevada up 44-36.
Monett struggled to hit shots in the final period and the Tigers pulled away for the victory.
"We know we have to improve in several areas," said Goetz. "The key for us is to be patience and work on improving and try not to force things to happen."
Smith led the Tigers with 31 points.
Scoring for Monett were: Woods, 23 points, Aaron Patton, 11; Blue, 4; Zach Hammond, 3; and Elijah George, 2.
On Nov. 28, the Cubs fell 63-51 to Seneca in the second round of the Carthage Invitational.
The Cubs and Indians were deadlock 13-13 after one quarter.
Seneca outscored Monett in the second period 20-12 to lead 33-25 at halftime.
The red and white outpaced Monett 16-11 in the third period and Monett could never close the gap.
Seneca was led in scoring by Daniel Noah and Elias Roelfsema with 13 points each.
Woods paced the Cubs with 16 points. Patton chipped in 15 points. Sean Rosebaugh added 10 points. Blue tallied 5 points. Hammond and Chad Swanson recorded 2 points each and George finished with 1 point.
The Cubs will host McDonald County on Dec. 7. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.