HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Monroe City boys basketball team set the tone early against Hannibal in a 66-31 victory on Tuesday at Korf Gym.
Monroe City head coach Brock Edris said his team's defensive intensity was key to the Panthers' victory.
"In the first half, our team took three charges," Edris said. "The ability to step over and help a teammate out when they got beat off the bounce, just kind of makes a statement that they are willing to sacrifice their body."
The Panthers (11-2) got off to a 15-3 start and entered halftime with a 28-9 lead. Monroe City was not fueled by just one player offensively as seven different players scored in the first half and 11 total players scored in the game.
"We shared the ball well offensively," Edris said. "We didn't shoot well from the 3-point line in the first half, but we did a good job of getting to the rim and hitting some shots."
Edris said his team did a much better job of getting second chance shots in Tuesday's game.
"That was an area that we are trying to work (to get) better at because we haven't done a good job the past few games," Edris said. "We have pointed that out in practice that we want to do a better job of putting pressure on the offensive glass."
Edris added that some of his smaller players did a good job of getting offensive rebounds.
"Josiah Talton, our point guard, got two offensive rebounds," Edris said. "Antwuan Battle, probably the smallest kid on the floor, picked up an offensive rebound late in the first half. We told the guys at halftime if these guys can get offensive boards, we should get some other guys (getting them)."
Joshua Talton led the Panthers with 18 points and Josiah Talton finished second on the team with 14 points.
Pirates guard Charlie Hirner led his team with eight points, with Andrew Vaia finishing second on the team with six points. Hannibal drops to 3-8 after the loss.