Packed house expected at the Rocket Center

TOLONO - Around 7 p.m. tonight, the event local basketball fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Unity will put their 23-2 record on the line against the 22-6 Spartans of St. Joseph-Ogden at the Rocket Center.

SJO, undefeated in conference play at 7-0, has defeated their last four opponents by 12 or more points. Earlier this week, the Spartans crushed Rantoul at home by 33 points. Tanner Jacob, who was 2-for-2 from the free-throw line, led the team with 15 points in the senior night win.

Henry Thomas shoots a free throw during Unity's home game against Prairie Central. The senior scored his 1,000th career point earlier in the contest.

Photo: UnityPhotos/Jamie Price

Coy Taylor, Tanner Siems, and Luke Landrus also finished in double figures with 14, 13, and 10 points, respectively.

Unity is also on a four-game win streak, posting wins over Newton, Auburn, IVC, and Central Catholic in contests since January 31.

Two weeks ago tonight, Rockets' Henry Thomas reached a prep career milestone while putting up 21 points on Prairie Central. The senior scored his 1,000th point, helping the team avoid a possible overtime decision against the Hawks in a 60-56 win.