ORANGE CITY -- Hinton started in the lead but a tough second quarter gave Unity Christian an edge the Blackhawks couldn't battle back from last Friday.
Hinton lost 76-70 to the Knights.
The Blackhawks came out strong with a 14-10 lead after the first quarter.
Unity (7-7) upped the intensity in the second quarter, finding the basket for 24 points, while Hinton scored 13.
The Knights led 34-27 at the half.
Hinton came back with an 18-point third quarter, outscoring Unity by one point, making it 51-45 at the end of the period.
The final stanza had both the teams battling for the win. Both Hinton and Unity scored 25 points that quarter, with the Blackhawks unable to overturn the Knights' six-point edge.
Hinton senior Jason Vander Kooi had a whale of a game, scoring 34 points. He went 17-of-41 on field goals, including hitting five threes, and he went 5-of-6 from the line.
Hinton sophomore Logan Jurgensmeier was also in double digits with 17 points for the Blackhawks.
Unity junior Logan Schoonhoven led his team with 20 points, and the Knights had three more in double figures: senior Trevor Kauk with 14, junior Nick De Vries with 13, and junior Connor Hoekstra with 11.
Unity went to the line often, going 28-of-43 from the charity stripe for the night, compared to Hinton's 9-of-16 free throws.
For Hinton, Vander Kooi made it a double-double night with 12 rebounds to lead the Blackhawks defensively.
Senior Drew Schiltz added three steals, as did senior Dalton Becker.
Hinton's record improved to 6-5 going into this past Tuesday's game with Gehlen.