Dominant would be one way to describe the Seneca boys basketball team on Friday night.
Facing the Monett Cubs in an important Big 8 Conference road game, the Indians flexed their muscle in the first quarter and never looked back as they steamrolled the Cubs, 63-31.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that the Indians spotted themselves a 21-1 start with a brilliant first quarter performance.
“That probably is the best start we’ve had all year,” Indians coach Will King said. “We got stops defensively, we played great, hit some shots. Everything clicked for us.”
Sure did. And even while the Cubs bounced back to outscore them 16-15 in the second quarter, the Indians held Monett to 14 combined points in the second half.
“They’re playing as a team right now,” King said of his team. “We’re pretty balanced. We keep preaching playing defense and not being selfish on offense. They’re doing it right now.”
That balance showed in the scorebook as seven Indians scored in the contest, led by Kyler Ng with 14 points. Logan St. Clair followed with 12 points, while Bradley Jumper had 11, Seth Harris nine, Shane Murphy and Elias Roelfsema six each and Chance Smith five.
Aaron Patton had 10 points for the Cubs, while Kyle Woods added three, Cameron Witt two, Zach Hammond four, Quincy Jackson two, Logan Coones seven and Caleb Blue two.
The victory improved the Indians to 17-6 overall, 5-0 in the Big 8. They’ll have perhaps their most important Big 8 test at home on Tuesday, when 5-0 Mount Vernon comes to town for a 6 p.m. bout.