HAVELOCK | The Havelock Rams lost in a heartbreaker Friday night to West Carteret, 55-53, in a Coastal 3-A Conference boys’ basketball game Friday.

The Rams tied game with less than a minute to go after trailing by 15 points at the start of the fourth quarter.

“I told them we have to start playing with some heart and some guts. The intensity picked up for us. They just had their buckets fall and ours didn’t,” said Havelock coach Daniel Griffee.

West Carteret led from the opening tip with contributions by point guard Arron Stewart.

Stewart consistently beat the pressure of Havelock and distributed to his teammates as well as finish at the rim, and finished with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Havelock looked to use its athleticism to its advantage most of the night, putting its players in position to attack the basket and draw fouls.

Quinzel Lockhart was most effective for the Rams, scoring 19 points, including a monster jam in the first quarter.

“It’s not so much 1-on-1, but if I have a guy that can get to the rim, we are going to go after that until they show they can stop it,” said Griffee.

West Carteret’s offense, aided by the solid inside presence of Desmond Jones, pushed the Patriots to a 30-18 lead at the half.

Sloppy play prevailed for both teams early in the third quarter with numerous turnovers going both ways.

Havelock mustered a bit more offense, adding 14 points in the quarter.

The Patriots still led 47-32 after three quarters.

Three fourth-quarter turnovers helped Havelock trim West Carteret’s lead to nine late in the game as the Rams turned to a full-court pressure.

Jeffrey Harris and Jomar Stewart hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Havelock. The Rams trailed by four with less than three minutes to play.

Another 3-pointer byHarris, followed by a steal and layup from Welton Spottsville tied the game with less than a minute to go. Lockhart missed two free throws late, giving West Carteret the ball with 6.7 seconds remaining.

On the inbounds play, Stewart took the pass the full length of the court, drove to the hoop and drew the foul. Stewart converted both free throws.

“I told them I was proud of the fight and effort that they put up. I don’t want them to forget the way it feels to have a bad night and let one slip through your fingers after fighting back,” said Griffee.

Havelock drops to 4-8 on the season.

Harris added 13 points for the Rams.

West Carteret 55, Havelock 53

West Carteret    14    16    17    8    55

Havelock         10    8    14    21    53

WEST CARTERET (55): DaShaun Jones 8, Shakur Frazier 16, Arron Stewart 16, Desmond Jones 13.

HAVELOCK (53): Quinzel Lockhart 19, Jeffrey Harris 13, Khalil Barrett 1, Anthony Harris 5, Miels Sutton 5, Welton Spottsville 3, Jomar Stewart 6.