Sweet revenge; Rockets bump Sages from postseason

MONTICELLO - The Rockets turned the tables on the Sages last Wednesday. Avenging a loss eight days earlier at Arthur Sievers Gymnasium, Unity handed Monticello their season adieu via a 57-41 victory in their IHSA regional semifinal match.

Not wanting history to repeat itself, the Rockets' took a nine-point first-half advantage at the break thanks to four-treys and six-for-six free-throws shooting. Senior Eric Miebach, who finished with a game-high 15 points, led the Unity offensive effort in the first two periods with six points.

The Sages fell further behind in the third quarter, allowing the Rockets an 18-point advantage they could not recover from.

Top contributors in Unity's 25th win of the season were Dane Eisenmenger, who came off the bench to score 12 points. Henry Thomas delivered nine points, Dalton O'Neill added seven, and sophomore Coleton Langendorf finished with six.

The bulk of Monticello's scoring was courtesy of Ike Young and Tyler Blythe. The pair had 11 points each, while Trey Welter and Raiden Colbert mustered six points each. The Sages finished the season 15-15 and 4th in the Illini Prairie standings.

The Rockets advanced to the title game on Friday against Warrensburg-Latham (21-11). The Cardinals moved forward after closing the book on the Maroa-Forsyth season, 67-50.

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