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EMS handcuffs Cops 57-48 in first round

Jeff White, 16th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, rips down a defensive rebound in front of Lee Elamn, 16th Security Forces Squadron Wednesday night.  EMS won the first game of the 2006 intramural basketball playoffs with a 57-48 jailing of SFS.

Jeff White, 16th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, rips down a defensive rebound in front of Lee Elamn, 16th Security Forces Squadron Wednesday night. EMS won the first game of the 2006 intramural basketball playoffs with a 57-48 jailing of SFS.

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Datwan Lewis knocked down 10 free-throws in the second half to lead the 16th Equipment Maintenance Squadron over the 16th Security Forces Squadron 57-48 in the first round of the intramural basketball playoffs.

Lewis’ success at the charity stripe – he shot 15 free-throws in the last 4:51 of the game and led all scorers for the game with 31 points – staved off a surge by the Cops that tied the game midway through the second half.

The 16th EMS built a 12-point advantage before heading into half-time with a 33-25 buffer.
Both teams suffered thro-ugh a four-minute drought to begin the second half. The Cops broke the logjam with two straight lay-ups, and defensive pressure on the 16th EMS guards proved fruitful. The 16th SFS guards Alton Horton and Jason Carr forced 16th EMS into three straight turnovers and converted them into baskets to bring the Cops to within striking distance.

Carr’s three-pointer with 10:20 remaining knotted the game at 39, but 16th EMS pulled away for the win at the free-throw line.

Behind Lewis’ 31, Alfonzo Porter and Jeff White paced the maintenance squadron with eight and seven points, respectively.

Security forces’ leading scorer was John Phillips with 14. Carr dropped in 12, with Lee Ellam and Michael Hinkel chipping in seven apiece.

The 16th EMS entered the playoffs after finishing with a 8-6 regular season record – good enough for third place in the National Division.

The 16th Security Forces were in a three-way tie for second place in the American Division with their 10-6 record.