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Eagles advance; next opponent: Cameron

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Unity’s Jaxon Flaherty. - Photo by Eugene Sikorski
Extend win streak to 19 with playoff victories
AMERY – Another repeat win on Thursday gives the Unity boys basketball team a shot at a sectional title.
The Eagles remained unbeaten in 2020 and extended their win streak to 19 games by claiming two WIAA regional games last week, including a second win over Cumberland for the regional title.
On Friday, Unity crushed Ladysmith in a 60-34 playoff opener with Cullen Feist scoring a game-high 23 points. But the Eagles defense was the main contributor to the lopsided win.
Unity held Ladysmith to just 13 points in the first half and only one Lumberjack to sink more than one shot from the floor. Feist nearly matched Ladysmith’s first-half total, scoring 11 points before halftime.
Jaxon Flaherty joined Feist in second-half scoring to help the Eagles maintain a double-digit lead through the second half. Flaherty sank a pair of 3-pointers and scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half while Feist scored another 12.
Peyton Rogers led the Lumberjacks with 15 points, sinking three of the team’s six 3-pointers in the game.
Unity drew a regional final rematch against Cumberland, which didn’t fare any better this time around. The Eagles defeated Cumberland 67-51 in late January and this time won 52-31 to win the regional title.
The Beavers relied heavily on long-range shooting in the first half, scoring 12 of their 18 first-half points from the 3-point line. However, Jaxon Flaherty and the Eagles matched their four 3-pointers and added more scoring depth.
Flaherty had 10 first-half points, including two 3-pointers, while Dan Sorensen added six points and Jake Bloom and Zach Collins each sank a 3-pointer. The Eagles took a 28-18 lead into the break and kept adding to it in the second half.
Unity allowed just three Cumberland players to score in the second half and limited the team to 13 points. Bloom and Sorensen had eight points each in the second half; Sorensen finished with a team-high 14 points, Bloom had 12 and Flaherty finished with 10.
Jack Martens led the Beavers with 11 points and Noah Schradle added 10. They were two of the three Cumberland players who managed more than one make from the floor.
"We played very well as a team and fought hard to earn the regional championship,” Unity coach Shaun Fisher said. "We are very proud of our players and fans for a fun weekend of basketball.”
The Eagles earned a sectional opener against Cameron, which they defeated 85-46 in mid-January. Unity improved to 21-3 overall on the season. Thursday’s game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Amery.


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