Nyesha Best

Nyesha Best (35) gets ready to shoot a free throw during Eastern Wayne’s game against Kinston on Friday.

Every win isn’t going to be an easy one.

Some games, you can cruise to a victory.

Other games can be tough, grind-out affairs.

Eastern Wayne’s 45-40 victory over Kinston on Friday night proved to be the latter. No magic moves, just a gutty victory.

Eastern Wayne head coach Michael Gurganus was incredibly proud of his team for overcoming a slow start.

“We fought through adversity tonight, with shots not falling in and the ball not bouncing our way,” Gurganus said. “They kept fighting, and we just were fortunate enough to have a couple more balls go in the basket at the end.”

In the first half, the Warriors were missing shots and were not able to get to the free throw line.

The lack of offensive production helped give Kinston a 15-14 lead at halftime.

However, the Warriors’ effort picked up in the second half. They attempted 19 free throws in the second half — with 15 free throw attempts coming in the fourth quarter.

“I just told them to keep pushing, and they did. I was proud of them,” Gurganus said. “They didn’t stop shooting.”

Going into the fourth quarter, the Warriors were down 30-27. With three minutes remaining in the game, Myesha Best gave Eastern Wayne a 36-34 lead.

Eastern Wayne never looked back and held off a late charge by Kinston to win 45-40.

Myesha Best led the Warriors with 21 points and eight rebounds. Nyesha Best chipped in 13 points.

“They never got down or frustrated,” Gurganus said. “We just were able to pull it out.”