Unity Christian went on a torrid 20-7 scoring run in the third quarter to gain full control of the game, taking a 43-29 bulge into the final eight minutes.
The gritty Eagles, despite being short-handed due to injuries, did a superb job breaking the vaunted Unity Christian fullcourt press throughout the game. It was obvious coach Pat Bird worked on that in practice in preparation for the press featuring most Unity players standing 6-4 or 6-5.
MMC shot 17-35 from the field for a warm 49 percent, and was 5-12 from the three-point arc. The Eagles were 2-6 from the free throw line.
The Knights sank 22-55 field goals for 40 percent, netted 5-16 three-balls, and was 9-12 from the line.
Riley Hoekstra led the UC boys with 17 points, and Aaron Van Vugt scored 10.
"I thought our guys played a solid game against a very good team," said MMC coach Pat Bird. "We held our own until their depth took its toll on us midway through the third period.
"I was pleased with the way we handled their fullcourt press and took advantage of transition opportunities early on in the game. They just have too much fire power for us to contain for 32 minutes."
Coach Bird made no excuses to the fact the Eagles were missing three varsity players, including two starters, due to injury.
MMC takes a 2-6 record into the holiday break and hosts Resmen St. Mary's Jan. 4 in Marcus.