The Eastmoor Academy High School boys basketball team outlasted visiting Marin Franklin 83-78 in three overtimes on Tuesday in City League-South Division play.

The Eastmoor Academy High School boys basketball team outlasted visiting Marin Franklin 83-78 in three overtimes on Tuesday in City League-South Division play.

The Warriors improved to 8-3 overall and 7-1 in the City-South as the Red Devils dropped to 8-3 and 5-3. Eastmoor also won the first meeting 70-61 on Dec. 19.

"The kids are definitely getting day off tomorrow, and they earned it," Eastmoor coach Sean Taylor said. "We displayed a lot of heart and grit. They showed how mentally tough they are, and they never stopped believing, despite what the score was. They proved to themselves that they can overcome great odds."

Eastmoor trailed by as many as nine points in regulation and trailed 52-50 when Mike Lester hit a jump shot with less than 20 seconds left in regulation to send the contest into overtime.

After the Warriors' Doug Thorpe connected on a 3-point shot to force a second overtime at 58-all, Alex Coleman hit another game tying three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 70 and send the contest to a third extra session.

"(Coleman) hit one of the biggest shots I've ever seen," said Taylor, whose team has won four in a row. "Alex showed a lot of toughness and grit tonight, and really led this team."

Coleman and Lester would score consecutive baskets and free throws to ensure there would no need for last-second heroics in the third overtime.

"We knew the City League championship was at stake tonight, and we showed the heart to pull this game out," Coleman said. "Coach Taylor always makes us run in practice, and it paid off tonight. We never ran out of gas, and we ran all the way until the end."

Lester and Thorpe led all scorers with 22 points, while Coleman and Matt Ryan each added 15. The Red Devils were led by DeJuan McGaughey with 21 and Jeremy McCoy with 18.

"Eastmoor is a wonderful team," Marion-Franklin coach Orlando McCoy said. "Our guys hung in there and battled with them. Free throws lost this game. We could of won this game in regulation, but when you give a great coached team like Eastmoor chances, they're going to come back and take the game."