Rams have four averaging double figures in points

HAVELOCK | The bar was set for the Havelock Rams with their play over the past three seasons.

During that span, led by all-state performer Kyran Bowman, the boys’ basketball team won conference titles and made it to Fayetteville’s regional for three-straight years.

Bowman is now playing ball at Boston College, but this year’s group is proving they have still talent.

“It’s their time to take the reins and they know what to do,” said Havelock coach Daniel Griffee. “They enjoy the role and spotlight and the competition. That brings the best out of them.”

Rather than having that one premier scorer, the Rams have a myriad of scoring options.

Four players on this year’s squad are averaging double figures in points, showing they can be dynamic in the post-Bowman Era.

“When you have four guys who can score in double figures, you don’t have to rely on one person every night,” said Griffee. “If somebody has a bad night, there are others to fall back on.”

Senior guard Jeffrey Harris is putting up 16.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while classmate Quinzel Lockhart averages 12.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and at least one highlight-reel slam per game.

“I have to be a captain and be a leader of this team,” said Harris, who has scored at least 18 points in Havelock’s last four games. “This is our last shot, as seniors, to get further than we have been over the past three years.”

Sophomore Anthony Harris has stepped up, on his first full year on varsity, to contribute 13.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game.

“It makes us feel good about this team and shows we can go far,” Anthony Harris said. “When we have four guys who can score in double figures, we can score a lot of points.”

Then there’s junior Khalil Barrett, who crashes the boards and has five double-digit rebounding games. He averages 11.1 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.

“It’s a big part for the team. I need to do it. Whatever the team needs me to do, I will do,” Barrett said.

Havelock, ahead of Friday’s home game against West Carteret which ended after Sun Journal’s deadline, has a record of 4-7 overall and 0-2 in the conference, but two of those losses were because of forfeits. Three other defeats were when the main corps was still playing football.

“This year’s team, we are faster,” said Jeffrey Harris. “We like to play fast and physical. We all have to play defense and crash the boards.”

Once those football players made the transition to the basketball gym, the Rams figured out their identity – play fast and be aggressive on defense.

The Rams are also seeing contributions from senior Miels Sutton, sophomores Kevon Hammond, Josh Reid and Welton Spottsville and junior Jomar Stewart.

“I think we’ve figured out we can run and we are pretty athletic and fast when we play under control,” Griffee said. “I think we are faster, as a team, in general. The guys have played together since they were little kids. It’s big when you lose a guy that scores 23 points a game, like Bowman did, but these guys have been averaging double digits with Kyran.

“They’ve gotten more shots, they are getting more points.”

The Rams play at Swansboro on Tuesday and host Jacksonville next Friday.

“We don’t rely just on one person. We all do it together,” Barrett said. “We play fast and play defense. Once we play defense, we use that to run up the score.”

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