Lakota East overcomes nine-point halftime deficit and beats defending state champion Wayne.
FAIRBORN — Lakota East came from behind and defeated Huber Heights Wayne 60-57 Saturday afternoon at Wright State’s Nutter Center. Lakota East was down by nine points at halftime but made two crucial three-point shots to get into the game and eventually took over the fourth quarter.
East was led by a trio of players. Andrew Emrick scored 21 and had 3 rebounds. He was followed by Ryan Mittendorf who tallied 17 points with 4 boards. And Evan Kuhlman knocked in 11 points along with 6 rebounds. The rest of the team scored 11 points on the game, and guard Mark Isom had 6 assists.
The score was 14-13 in favor of Wayne after the first quarter of play. Wayne promptly outscored Lakota 13-0 to gather a 27-13 lead with a fierce full court press that caused Lakota East many problems. The game was getting out of hand before East calmed down and cut the deficit to nine at 34-25 by halftime.
Lakota started the third quarter by scoring inside and out. The Thunderhawks outscored Wayne 13-6 in the third quarter and were down by just two points going into the fourth quarter. Forward Andrew Emrick was taking over the game by himself with drives to the hoop to finish his 21 point outburst. Lakota took a lot of time off the clock passing the ball around against the Wayne defense.
In the game’s final minute Lakota’s Ryan Mittendorf nailed two free throws to give the Thunderhawks a three-point lead with just 19.3 seconds left at 58-55. Wayne scored quick to cut lead at 58-57 but Lakota almost ran out clock by not taking the ball inbounds. Wayne fouled with just 0.1 second left. Evan Kuhlman nailed two foul shots and Lakota East had a nifty upset over the #1 ranked Wayne Warriors.
Lakota East shot very well by going 16-of-18 from the foul line and hitting 6-of-10 three-point shots. The Hawks hit 19-of-32 (59 percent) from the field and outrebounded the Warriors 23-13.
Wayne shot well except going 3-of-13 from three’s for the game. The Warriors were led by Trey Landers and Chazz George with 15 points each and Demond Parker with 14 points. All Southwest District player Rodrick Caldwell struggled making just 1 basket in 6 shooting attempts.
Wayne will lose four starters: Caldwell (a Bowling Green commit), Dayton commit Trey Landers, Findlay commit Chazz George and Demond Parker.