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The Carthage Press
  • Cubs outscore Tigers in Carthage Invitational

  • Eighth-seeded Monett came out of the gates strong and went on to beat the fifth-seeded Carthage boys basketball squad, 59-54, Wednesday night in the 67th Annual Carthage Invitational.
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  • Eighth-seeded Monett came out of the gates strong and went on to beat the fifth-seeded Carthage boys basketball squad, 59-54, Wednesday night in the 67th Annual Carthage Invitational.
    Monett jumped ahead 27-22 at halftime.
    The Tigers struggled to to contain the Cubs offense.
    Carthage senior Anthony Turk had seven points and was two for two in free throws, while senior teammate Cory Prevost also had seven points with four for four in free throw shooting.
    The Cubs’ sophomore shooting guard Logan Coones hit four threes in the first half and had 13 points. Junior Elijah George added seven points to the Cubs squad.
    “We really struggled, the second night in a row with guarding,” said Carthage Head Coach Steve Ray. “Look at half their points in the second half were at the free throw line. We’re going to make a few adjustments defensively and see if there’s some things we can do to make teams have to earn their baskets a little bit more.”
    The Tigers came out after halftime strong and they were able to take the lead by the end of the third quarter, 44-40. Eight players contributed in a well-rounded scoring effort for the Tigers.
    The Tigers struggled to contain the Cubs offense in the fourth quarter but regained the lead when Turk hit a three with 10.2 seconds remaining, bringing the score to 57-55. Foul trouble and a weak defense hurt the Tigers though when they got to double bonus. The Cubs shot 28/35 (80%) in free throws while the Tigers shot 12/16 (75%) from the line.
    Turk led the Tigers with 14 points and Prevost had 11. Junior D’Angelo Poole and senior Darren Prater each contributed 9 points.
    Logan Coones contributed 35 points to the Cubs’ squad while junior Quincy Jackson added seven.
    Seventh-seeded Nevada beat second-seeded Neosho at the buzzer, 35-33 Wednesday night at the Invitational.
    Carthage will play Neosho at noon Saturday for seventh place while the consolation game will be Monett vs. Nevada at 1:30 p.m.
    The winner of Heritage and Seneca will play the winner of Joplin and Springfield Central at 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the championship. The losers of those two games will play for third place at 3 p.m.

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