Rams beat Pamlico 56-35 in tourney championship
Aniylah Bryant scored, rebounded, played defense. She took over the Craven County Holiday Tournament.
Havelock’s sophomore guard scored 59 points in the two-day tournament to lead the Rams to the championship.
Bryant poured in 32 points, with six 3-pointers, as Havelock coasted to a 56-35 victory over Pamlico in Wednesday’s title game at Havelock High.
“It’s a team thing. We had assists, penetrate and pitch and they are not selfish. They are selfless,” said coach Anna Spear.
Bryant was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She joined her teammate NyAsia Blango, along with New Bern’s Starasia Bell-Freeman and Laniah Jones and Pamlico’s Leetasia Midgette on the all-tournament team.
Bryant, who scored 27 on Tuesday against West Craven, also contributed seven rebounds and seven steals.
“In their house, in their home and where they are in this journey, it’s good for them,” Spear said.
Blango added 12 points, five assists and four steals in the championship game. Alanna Williams chipped in eight points.
The Rams (10-1) forced Pamlico into 29 turnovers, and won the rebounding battle 25-21.
“We played defense with more tenacity,” Spear said. “We held our ground on the boards. We were concerned about the strength of Pamlico, but we hung with them.”
Bryant pulled up and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to extend Havelock’s lead to 43-21 at the end of the third quarter. The Rams fourth-quarter lead reached 23 points.
“I thought we looked scared and intimidated, with a mix of thinking we already had it,” said Pamlico coach April Rose. “We were very unfocused coming off the bus, a little silly, just not where we needed to be at the beginning of the game.
“Havelock is a great team, but we should have given them more of a run for their money.”
Havelock built an 11-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Bryant buried back-to-back treys to bump the Ram cushion to 29-9 at halftime.
“This is a gut check for us,” Rose said. “We are going to regroup and figure out who really wants to play basketball for us, and figure out who can take that next step and build on their game.”
Midgette led Pamlico with nine points. Zion Davis and Jania Moore scored six apiece.
Pamlico 4 5 12 14 – 35
Havelock 11 18 14 13 – 56
PAMLICO (35): Leetasia Midgette 9, Alexis Hawkins-Pool 2, Zion Davis 6, Holley Brooks 2, Roeshonda Lee 3, Jania Moore 6, Margeret Audilet 2, Chaniya Dudley 1, Hydia Davis 4.
HAVELOCK (56): Nseya Harden 2, Aniylah Bryant 32, NyAsia Blango 12, Alanna Williams 8, Lanavaeh Fisher 2.
Rebounds: Pamlico 21 (Z. Davis 4), Havelock 25 (Bryant 7); Turnovers: Pamlico 24, Havelock 17; 3-pointers: Pamlico 1 (Midgette), Havelock 7 (Bryant 6, Blango); Free throws: Pamlico 9-17, Havelock 3-6. Records: Havelock 10-1, Pamlico 9-2.