Tip-Off Tournament roundup: Unity benefits from strong start

Posted: Nov. 25, 2012 12:22 am Updated: Dec. 16, 2012 1:15 am


The Unity boys basketball team overcame an up-and-down first half by scoring the first 13 points after halftime in a 53-40 victory over Western in the Gully Transportation/Suns Classic Tip-Off Tournament Saturday night at The Pit.

Reed Bentzinger's 10-foot jumper capped off the Mustangs' 13-0 start in the second half for a 38-18 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter. Josh Sally of Western then connected on two free throws before Unity scored the next six points, extending its lead to 44-20 when Andrew Doyle scored on an assist from Will Klusmeyer.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 9-2 lead before Western scored 13 straight points, taking a 15-9 lead on Kyle Warning's basket with 1:24 left in the first quarter.

Alex Blickhan led Unity (3-2) with 21 points. Warning scored 12 points for Western (1-4).

In the first game, Cole Phillips scored 12 of his game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to help Central pull away for its first victory of the season with a 32-22 win over Southeastern.

Phillips was 9 of 12 at the free-throw line in the final quarter. The Panthers (1-4) led the Suns 18-17 after three quarters.

Matthew Ramsey led Southeastern (2-3) with 12 points.

-- The Herald-Whig Staff

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