Keeping its mistakes to a minimum served the Eastmoor Academy boys basketball team well March 7 in a Division II district championship game in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
After committing 23 turnovers during a 61-54 win over Centennial on March 5 in a district semifinal, the Warriors turned it over just four times and beat Bloom-Carroll 44-39.
The win gave Eastmoor its second district title in three seasons and sends it to a regional semifinal at 5:30 p.m. March 13 at Kettering Fairmont against Bellefontaine or Cincinnati Taft.
“We had to fight and gut it out,” coach Jim Miranda said. “Our last game we had 23 turnovers so we wanted to be a lot more disciplined.”
The fifth-seeded Warriors improved to 20-6 while the sixth-seeded Bulldogs finished 20-6.
Nate Jameson finished with 13 points and five rebounds and Shamonty Manning had 11 points and eight rebounds to lead Eastmoor, which overcame a 27-point performance from Bloom-Carroll’s Joey Schmitz.
Schmitz made six 3-pointers for the Bulldogs, who were without senior guard Jordan Bachman because of a suspension.
The Bulldogs trailed 19-18 at the half and the score was tied at 30 heading into the final period.