TOLONO — Taylor Black's three kissed off the rim as the buzzer rang, sealing Unity's first loss in 11 games, 70-67 to St. Teresa, which rallied from nine points down to hand the Rockets their first Okaw Valley Conference loss.
Unity allowed 70 points, its highest total of the season, and coach Bill Ipsen would have liked the team to play more consistently Friday night.
"In the second half they took it to the basket a little too easy," he said. "Defensively, we have to step up a little bit more. I'm disappointed in the loss, but they played well — they went after it."
Though his team fought, the Rockets coach admitted the loss was a blow to Unity's chance to repeat as OVC champion.
"It was big, and we would have liked to held home court," Ipsen said. "It's out of our hands now; we just have to keep winning."
After three quarters it would have been hard to predict a Rockets loss because Unity led 53-45.
Unity got great contributions early in the game from senior Austin Fender.
He sparked an early rally, going for 18 of his 24 points in the first half. Black finished with 16 points.
With the game tight late, Unity missed six shots in the final two minutes, including Black's final attempt.