With first place in the City League-South Division on the line Friday against visiting co-leader Independence, the Eastmoor Academy boys basketball team had two players foul out, committed 17 turnovers and shot only 58 percent from the free-throw line.

With first place in the City League-South Division on the line Friday against visiting co-leader Independence, the Eastmoor Academy boys basketball team had two players foul out, committed 17 turnovers and shot only 58 percent from the free-throw line.


Those were the numbers that Warriors coach Sean Taylor wasn't happy with.


He certainly was pleased with the final score, a 58-57 win in the ThisWeekNews.com Hoop it Up Game of the Week.


The two-time defending conference champions held on after taking an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter because of something not as easily represented in a boxscore: Defensive stops.


After taking a 58-56 lead with 2:39 to go, the Warriors limited the 76ers to two missed field goals on the way to improving to 6-4 overall and 6-1 in the City-South.


"We had two guys foul out, we made a lot of turnovers and some terrible decisions," Taylor said. "We won in spite of ourselves. (Independence is) so scrappy and so tough. We preach making stops because you can make stops whether you win or lose. When we needed to make a stop, we did."


After Independence rallied from a 9-2 deficit midway through the opening quarter to lead 27-26 at the half, the Warriors outscored the 76ers 20-11 in the third quarter led by Alex Coleman'sthree 3-pointers.


Coleman, who finished with 17 points, didn't score in the final period. Instead, it was Mike Lester who stepped up, as he scored six of his 14 points in the quarter. Lester also added seven rebounds as the Warriors won the battle of the boards 27-23.


Greg Dawkins made one of two free throws with 2:30 remaining to cut it to 58-57, but DeAngelo Simms and Brandon Tyler both missed baskets over the final 42 seconds.


The 76ers missed three foul shots over the final two minutes and were just9-for-17 from the free-throw line.


Dawkins finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals and Tyler added 14 pointsto lead Independence, which slipped to 7-5 and 5-2.


"The guy that helped them was Coleman, and Lester got a lot of those putbacks,"Independence coach Tom Cripe said. "We've been winning a lot of our games by wide margins, but we knew Eastmoor wasn't going to be like that."