The Thunderhawks (8-3, 6-1) dropped into a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Mason and Oak Hills after falling at home on Friday night to Hamilton. Big Blue put scorched the Hawks for most of the first three quarters, at one point holding a 22-point advantage and giving East their first league loss of the season. To their credit, East came alive in the final 10 minutes of the game but the lead was just too big and they fell 65-62 to Big Blue.
The Hawks doubled their point total (31) in the fourth quarter. East narrowed the margin to three on a trio of occasions in the final 76 seconds, but Big Blue hit 5-of-6 free throws to keep the hosts at bay.
Bash Wieland tossed in 27 points, 10 in the fourth stanza, to lead the Thunderhawks. East senior forward Grant Spicer put up all 12 of his points in the last five minutes.
The Hawks have no time to lick their wounds. They will host co-leader Oak Hills on Tuesday then turn around and visit Mason on Friday. The team will top off the next seven days with a non-conference contest against #1 ranked Moeller this Sunday in the King Classic at Middletown. Tip-off for that game is 8:00 pm.