Lakota East Boys Pull Off Upset of Top Ranked Wayne


Anything can happen in "March Madness" basketball. The decided underdog, Lakota East, upset undefeated Dayton Wayne on Saturday, to win arguably the biggest game in the 19-year history of their program, by a score of 60-57 at Wright State. It was the Hawks second District Title since the 2011 season and advances them, unpredictably, to the Regional Semi-Finals on Wednesday at the Cintas Center on the Xavier University campus.

Coming into the contest, Wayne had won 33 games in row, including its first Division I state championship last March. The Warriors had just four games decided by 10 points or fewer this season and were ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press state poll as well as No. 10 in the latest USA Today Super 25 national poll but Lakota East endured constant full-court pressure by the Warriors to improve to 18-7 and advance to Wednesday's regional tournament at Xavier.

The Thunderhawks (18-7) will face the Centerville Elks (16-10), upset winner over Cincinnati LaSalle 58-38, Wednesday at 6:15 PM.  in the regional semifinals at Xavier's Cintas Center. The winner will play either Wilmington or Moeller for the Regional Title and a trip to the State "Final
Four" on Saturday, March 12th. 

Contributed by Dan Hilen, East Sports Information Director