Rams pull away from West Craven, 80-72
Jeffrey Harris scored 19 points, one of four Havelock players to score in double figures, to lead the Rams to an 80-72 victory over West Craven in the championship game of the Craven County Holiday Tournament on Wednesday at Havelock High.
Harris, a senior, netted a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Rams to their third-straight county tournament title.
“He deserves it. When you make as many big shots as he did, he just got it done,” said Havelock coach Daniel Griffee.
Quinzel Lockhart added 17 points and eight rebounds, Anthony Harris posted 16 points and six boards and Khalil Barrett racked up 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Havelock (3-7) outscored West Craven 43-35 in the second half.
“It’s huge for us. It’s a big momentum for us going back into conference play,” Griffee said. “West Craven is a heck of a team, well-coached. It was huge for us to get that monkey off our back.”
In what may be a preview as the Rams and Eagles battle for a Coastal 3A Conference title, Havelock scored the final four points of the third quarter to take a 55-52 lead.
Darious Abrams scored to cut West Craven’s deficit to 55-54, but Havelock’s Jeffrey Harris answered with back-to-back buckets, including a three-point play with 6:19 to go.
Havelock took a 68-67 lead on a free throw by Jeffrey Harris and later opened a 74-67 advantage. Jaylen Franks’ three-point play closed West Craven’s deficit to 74-70 with 50 seconds remaining, but the Rams closed the game on a 6-2 run.
“We learned a lot about ourselves,” said West Craven coach David Fernandez. “This is the first time we’ve truly been in this environment against a team with a lot of athletes and a championship-caliber team.
“We kind of fell apart late and lost our composure. I gave Havelock credit. They fought their tails off.”
Havelock took a 20-18 lead at the end of the first quarter.
A basket by West Craven’s JonQuez Green tied the game at 37-37 at halftime.
Shaundre Mims scored 16 points to lead West Craven (6-1). JonQuez Green chipped in 14 and Abrams had 13 points.
“(Shaundre) does that every day. He doesn’t know any different,” Fernandez said. “He’s going to show up and give you 100 percent every day that he does anything competitive.
“I love those type of kids. That’s what you get from Shaundre Mims.”
Havelock won the rebounding edge, 43-27.
Havelock’s Lockhart, Barrett and Harris were picked for the all-tournament team, along with West Craven’s Mims and Laqueze Campbell, who scored 11 points.
“It was a hard-fought, rivalry game. It was a great two-day tournament for Craven County Schools. We will be back for another day,” Fernandez said.
West Craven 18 19 15 20 – 72
Havelock 20 17 18 25 – 80
WEST CRAVEN (72): Laqueze Campbell 11, Shaundre Mims 16, Chris Campbell 2, JonQuez Green 14, Latrell Campbell 7, Darious Abrams 13, Jaylen Franks 9.
HAVELOCK (80): Quinzel Lockhart 17, Jeffrey Harris 19, Anthony Harris 16, Miels Sutton 2, Khalil Barrett 15, Josh Reid 3, Jomar Stewart 2, Welton Spottsville 4, Kevon Hammond 2.
Rebounds: West Craven 27 (Laq. Campbell 5, Green 5), Havelock 43 (Barrett 10, J. Harris 10); Turnovers: West Craven 13, Havelock 11; 3-pointers: West Craven 1 (Laq Campbell), Havelock 2 (Barrett, Reid); Free throws: West Craven 9-19, Havelock 16-24. Records: Havelock 3-7, West Craven 6-1.