West Michigan led 102-91 heading to the fourth, but Chicago made a furious run to steal away a win. The Lake Hawks had to fight through foul trouble, including four technical fouls, down the stretch and it proved to be too much.
The Lake Hawks started strong, capturing a 36-23 lead after the first quarter. They were outscored 33-29 in the second quarter and had a 37-35 edge in the third.
Tremayne Thompson led the way for West Michigan, totaling 24 points and 10 assists. Terry Walker and Jacob Owens each scored 21 points.
West Michigan’s Ralph Monday had a huge day on the boards, grabbing 25 rebounds to go with his 15 points.
The Lake Hawks will play on Sunday against the Lansing Sting at Fruitport High School at 5 p.m.