Independence boys hang tough, defeat Visalia-Redwood

The Independence Falcons boys basketball team took a slim, three-point halftime lead, extended it and went on to a 59-46 win over Visalia-Redwood in the quarterfinals of the East Tournament at East High Thursday night.

The game was see-saw in the first half with neither team pulling away, turnovers keeping things close.

Independence guard D.J. Reed had two steals for baskets in the first half to keep the Falcons close.

In the second half the Independence defense capitalized on strong play and turnovers to a