Cubs hoops take stock of season achievements

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Monett to retool in the summer for next hoops season

With a 46-35 district loss to Aurora on Feb. 27, the Monett boys basketball team saw its season come to a close.

While no team wants to end its year with a loss, the Cubs have several factors to look at and have their heads held high.

For starters, the team, which only won three games last year, finished this campaign with nine victories. They also lost seven games by five or fewer points.

We averaged six points more per game this season and came up about six points fewer per contest this season, said Jeremy Land, Monett coach. Im proud of our progression. The boys bought in and played our defense, especially the last half of the season, which was pretty good.

The Cubs never could get on the right offensive path against Aurora and trailed 13-8 after one quarter and 13-19 at intermission.

Next year, we are going to have to change some things offensively, Land said. Well be smaller and we will need to speed teams up. I dont think we scrap everything we do offensively, but we are going to be guard heavy.

Land said the team will work on getting up and down the floor, and he expects the Cubs to employ some sort of full-court press to take advantage of their speed next year.

We have work to do, Land said. Its a never ending process, but we will hit it hard in the offseason.

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