East boys basketball returned to the hardwood last night at Hamilton. Showing no signs of rust despite not having played in 11 days, second-seeded East unleashed a blitz on Little Miami, scoring the first 19 points of the game and easily advancing in the Division I sectional tournament with a 55-22 win over the 28th-seeded Panthers at the Hamilton Athletic Center.
Bash Wieland scored a team-high 11 points in just 24 minutes for East, which shot 54.5 percent (24-of-44) from the field overall, 55.6 percent (5-for-9) on 3-pointers, outrebounded Little Miami 26-16, and was whistled for just two personal fouls while dispatching the Panthers in less than an hour and posting their biggest victory of the season.
Senior Grant Spicer, junior Kaden Fuhrmann, and freshman Charlie Kenrich each finished with eight points for the confident Thunderhawks. Sophomore Nate Johnson added a monstrous dunk to highlight East’s offensive domination.
East will take a five-game winning streak into a district semifinal (Sectional final) against fifth-seeded Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m. at HHS. The Thunderhawks beat the Vikings 57-48 on Jan. 25 in the only game between the two GMC teams. Princeton slipped past St. Xavier 57-55 in the nightcap to advance.