Rockets close in on OVC crown

TOLONO — Unity was not in the holiday spirit Tuesday. The Rockets showed no love for Tuscola, beating the Warriors 70-33.

On Unity's Senior Night, Austin Fender led the team with 17 points and Taylor Black contributed 15. Center Aaron Larson had his third straight double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds). Alex Thorson had six points, six assists and five steals.

Rockets coach Bill Ipsen was pleased his team did not take this game for granted. Unity (21-3, 9-1 Okaw Valley Conference) ignored Tuscola's (4-17, 1-9) record and played hard from the tipoff.

"We did a good job of coming out and doing the things we need to do," Ipsen said. "It's always a fear (you'll start poorly)."

The Rockets had a 27-point advantage after three quarters, so Ipsen pulled his seniors, who received a final ovation from the home fans.

The victory put Unity one step closer to a second consecutive OVC championship.

The Rockets play Friday at Shelbyville with a chance to clinch the title.

Unity defeated Shelbyville 63-52 in the conference tournament, but Ipsen knows a second win will not be easy.

"They gave us everything we could handle in the tournament," Ipsen said. "It's so hard to win two years in a row. There have been a lot of good teams that haven't done that. We're in control of our own destiny now."

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