For the third consecutive season, the Lakota East Boys Basketball team will return to the District Championship. The Hawks secured their spot with a dominating 50-41 win on Saturday night versus Turpin at Lakota West. The win tied a boys basketball 2010-11 record for most wins in a season with 23. 

Senior Alex Mangold scored seven of the game’s first 10 points and Trevor Howard came off the bench to hit two triples and the Greater Miami Conference champions didn’t look back, keeping a comfortable cushion for the remainder of the game.

Senior Kaden Fuhrmann was instrumental in putting the game away for Lakota East. The forward finished with a game-high 16 points and derailed Turpin’s comeback chances with a 9-for-10 performance at the free-throw line. Lakota East finished 20-of-24 from the charity stripe as the Spartans could only get within eight points in the game’s final minutes.

A stout Lakota East defense made quality looks scarce for a Turpin offense that averaged 52.5 points per game this season. The Spartans managed just four points in the third quarter and were held to 14-of-35 performance from the field.

Winners of 14 straight, Lakota East (23-2) is vying for a second-straight district championship when it meets No. 2 Beavercreek next Sunday at Xavier University’s Cintas Center at 1:00 pm. 

The Thunderhawks came up a point short in a 2-point loss to Princeton in 2018, then defeated Kettering Fairmont handily in last year’s district final.  East was also district champs in the 2010-11 season when they went 23-2.

The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to the Regional Semi-final versus the winner of the LaSalle/St. Xavier matchup, scheduled for Wednesday, March 11th, at 8:00 pm back at the Cintas Center.