Coffey scores 16 for Hurricanes

BAYBORO | Cedric Coffey drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining and followed with two free throws as Pamlico prevailed with a 53-50 win over Havelock in a non-conference boys’ basketball game Wednesday in Bayboro.

Coffey scored 16 points, with nine in the fourth quarter, and had five steals, three assists and three rebounds.

“The guys trust each other and trust the system. Our goal is for each person to play 10 percent better each game,” said Pamlico coach Earl Sadler. “If we do that, as a team, we are 100 percent better.”

Khalil Barrett’s bucket lifted Havelock’s lead to three with less than two minutes to go.

Pamlico’s George Jones split his free throw attempts and Coffey buried his second three of the game.

Havelock missed a layup and Hurricanes’ Caleb Baron escaped a scrum with the rebound.

After Coffey hit both of his free throws, Barrett’s three-point attempt glanced off the rim.

“It was a test for us, not because of who we played, but because we haven’t played four good quarters all year. This is our seventh game and we put together some good quarters, but not a whole game,” Sadler said.

“Our goal was to play solid the whole game, don’t make a bunch of mistakes and turn the ball over. The win was great, but I feel better about the effort.”

Baron came off the bench to score 17 points, with five 3-pointers, had contributed four rebounds and three steals. Lamont Murray chipped in five points, eight rebounds and five steals.

“They do that, and we have 10 guys that can score,” Sadler said. “I can randomly put in five guys on my roster and they will play together. It was their night tonight.”

Jones added seven points and eight rebounds for Pamlico and Malik Barber snagged six rebounds.

Baron buried back-to-back 3-pointers, giving Pamlico a 35-32 edge with two minutes to go in the third. Another three by Baron pushed the Hurricanes’ lead to 38-34 at the end of the quarter.

“(Baron) got hot and they hit their open shots at the end. We missed opportunities that were there and they capitalized,” said Havelock coach Daniel Griffee.

Barrett drained two treys as the Rams took a 10-6 lead after one quarter.

Pamlico rallied to take its first lead, at 16-15, following a 3-pointer by Baron. The Rams then went on a 7-2 spurt before two free throws by George Jones cut the Hurricanes’ deficit to 22-20 at halftime.

“It was a lot of mental toughness and things we’ve been working on. We are glad to see that, and we played smart,” Sadler said.

Havelock (2-4) turned the ball over 26 times, while forcing Pamlico (4-3) into 21 turnovers.

The Rams won the rebounding edge, 40-37, as Anthony Harris and Jaylend Godette each had nine.

“I told them that (Pamlico) is going to play you tough and hard. They aren’t going to back down,” Griffee said.

Barrett netted 19 for Havelock.

“It was Khalil’s birthday and he had a good night. He just missed that shot at the end. I would let him shoot it 10 more times,” Griffee said.

Harris scored 11 for Havelock, while Quinzel Lockhart and Godette each added eight.

“There’s a lot of upside to us,” Griffee said. “They haven’t touched a basketball (in practice) for but one day. Once they get gelling, things will be fine.”

Havelock    10     12     12     16 – 50

Pamlico        6     14     18     15 –  53

HAVELOCK (50): Anthony Harris 11, Jeffrey Harris 4, Quinzel Lockhart 8, Jaylend Godette 8, Khalil Barrett 19.

PAMLICO (53): Cedric Coffey 16, Malik Barber 4, George Jones 7, P.J. McGirth 2, Lamont Murray 5, Caleb Baron 17, Derrick Columbus 2.

Rebounds: Havelock 40 (A. Harris 9, Lockhart 9, Godette 9), Pamlico 37 (Jones 8, McGirth 8, Murray 8); Turnovers: Havelock 26, Pamlico 21; 3-pointers: Havelock 2 (Barrett 2), Pamlico 8 (Baron 8, Coffey 2, Murray); Steals: Havelock 15 (A. Harris 3, Lockhart 3, Godette 4), Pamlico 17 (Coffey 5, Murray 5); Assists: Havelock 10 (A. Harris 4), Pamlico 10 (Jones 3, Coffey 3); Records: Havelock 2-4, Pamlico 4-3. Up next: Havelock at White Oak, Friday.

Adam Thompson is the Sports Editor at the Sun Journal. He can be contacted at 252-635-5669. Follow Adam on Twitter @A_ThompsonNBSJ