East boys basketball proved they can win the tough games too on Friday night at Princeton. Playing from behind most of the game, the Hawks “snatched victory” just went it looked like their come-from-behind win was in doubt.

Down a point and playing short-handed, the tight-knit, scrappy Thunderhawks pulled one out of their hat against Princeton to maintain their spot at the top of the GMC

Lakota East senior Kaden Fuhrmann’s fadeaway jumper from the right corner with two ticks on the clock gave league-leading Lakota East a 43-42 win over Princeton, who had led the majority of the game. Lakota East senior Jared McCorkle intercepted their inbound pass and the Thunderhawks had a happy bus ride home.

Seconds before that East had taken the lead with less than a minute remaining. But the Vikings went right down the floor and hit a jumper from the corner to put the Hawks behind 42-41. East inbounded the ball with less than 30 seconds on the clock before Fuhrmann’s heroics.

Fuhrmann finished with 14 points and Jadon Coles had 11.

The GMC could come down to Tuesday’s Lakota East vs. Oak Hills contest. The Highlanders dealt the Thunderhawks a 53-46 defeat Jan. 7 at Oak Hills. Lakota East is now 18-2 (13-1 GMC). Oak Hills beat Middletown 64-49 Friday night and would need to beat the Thunderhawks to tie them for the GMC lead. 

Lakota East is the defending GMC champion and is looking for its fourth league title since 2011. Princeton won two seasons ago. Oak Hills won in 2017, Mason in 2016. A big crowd is expected for Tuesday’s title game.

At Sunday’s Division 1 tourney draw, East earned the #2 seed in the upcoming Sectional They will play a first-round game against Kings on Saturday, Feb. 22nd at Lakota West at 5:00 PM.