Yates fourth quarter hot hand fuels Carthage in win over Monett

Sophomore Trent Yates knocks down one of his four, fourth quarter 3-pointers. David Hoover / CNO

CARTHAGE, Mo. — After a sluggish start over much of the first three quarters, Carthage was able to catch fire from behind the arc in the fourth quarter and pull away from Monett in a 58-44 win in the Tiger’s season opener Tuesday at home.

The Tigers only scored 4 first quarter points, but were able to grind through the first half to trail 18-15 at the midway point.

Carthage Coach Nathan Morris dialed up the pressure in the second half using a zone press to create several forced turnovers and scoring opportunities for the Tigers.

Sophomore Trent Yates was feeling the hot hand, burying four 3-pointers in the deciding fourth frame to help ignite the Tigers late run. Yates would finish with 16 points.

Justin Ray lays in two of his game-high 20 points over a Monett defender. Ray was fouled on the shot and converted the 3-point play. David Hoover / CNO

Junior Just Ray led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points. Senior Clay Kinder finished with 13 points, including two 3-pointers to go along with the barrage of fourth quarter 3-balls from the Tigers. Senior Max Templeman added nine points.

The 1-0 Tigers host the 76th annual Carthage Invitational Dec. 8-10.