In the third boys' basketball meeting of the early season between West Craven and Havelock, something extra was on the line - a championship.
The two teams met Thursday evening in the title game of the Craven County Holiday Hoops Classic.
West Craven built a 15-point lead in the second quarter that Havelock whittled down to eight at the half, 37-29.
The Eagles continued to lead through most of the third quarter but the Rams closed the stanza strong with an 11-0 run to end the period with a 55-48 advantage.
That momentum steal by Havelock was enough to secure the 77-70 victory down the stretch.
"That run they put together was definitely a turning point in the game and that's on me as a coach, I have to do more to make sure we find a way to stop that run," West Craven coach David Fernandez said.
"Havelock is just such a good team - athletic, they have great length and tonight was just good Craven County basketball."
Havelock's starting five of Khalil Barrett, Anthony Harris, Welton Spottsville, Josh Reid and Kevon Hammond all scored in double-figures, led by Barrett's 18.
Barrett was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament for his 44-point output over two games.
Harris and Barrett both battled foul trouble late as they played much of the fourth quarter with four fouls.
Harris buried two clutch 3-pointers to help seal the win in the waning minutes.
"We couldn't make anything in the first half but us cutting it to single digits there before the half was huge," Havelock coach Daniel Griffee said.
"Ant (Harris) hit some big shots there and having Khalil (Barrett) is such a big deal for us because he's played four years and knows the system so well."
West Craven was led by the Campbell twins, Latrell and Laqueze, as they scored 18 and 21 points respectively.
A big blow for the Eagles came with about three minutes to go when Latrell Campbell picked up his fifth foul.
"Latrell got in foul trouble but we had them in foul trouble too so it was what it was at that point," Fernandez said.
"We just have to learn from it for conference games, our kids had great effort tonight and we need that kind of effort every night."
Latrell Campbell joined Harris and Barrett on the All-Tournament Team.
Two other starters for the Eagles were in double-figures scoring as Julien Allgeier put in 14 and Sheldon Yates netted 12.
Yates also led the Eagles on the glass with 12 boards, giving him a double-double.
Havelock improves to 4-5 on the year and West Craven falls to 4-5.
New Bern tops Jones Senior 52-43 for third
After both teams suffered losses Wednesday night in the Craven County Holiday Classic basketball tournament, New Bern and Jones Senior battled for third place Thursday afternoon.
Bears' head coach Cliff Dillard mixed up his starting lineup and it paid dividends as New Bern got season-high games from several new starters to win 52-43.
Guard Deshawn Heckstall was 6-for-10 from 3-point range for 20 points on the night to lead the way.
Brad Barlow, normally a reserve guard off the bench, started and put up a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
"It was just a very smartly played, good team win for us," Dillard said.
"We looked at last night (Wednesday) and thought these guys had earned the right to start and they were productive."
Deveion Jenkins also had a productive game for the Bears, as he dished out eight assists.
For Jones Senior, star guard Janari Hill had his typical big game with 27 points but the next-highest scorer for the Trojans had just four points.
"We're a young team and we just gotta trust each other out there," Jones Senior head coach Dexter Cannon said.
"Staying focused is big for us and we didn't do that all game today, we gotta cut out the mental mistakes too."
New Bern improves to 4-8 on the year and Jones Senior falls to 1-9.
Heckstall and Janari Hill were named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances.
Havelock 11; 18; 26; 22; 77
West Craven 25; 12; 11; 22; 70
Havelock (77) - Khalil Barrett 18, Anthony Harris 16, Josh Reid 15, Welton Spottsville 11, Kevon Hammond 10, Zion Beach 5, Niarte Turner 2.
West Craven (70) - Laqueze Campbell 21, Latrell Campbell 18, Julien Allgeier 14, Sheldon Yates 12, Colby Anderson 4, Ahmad Inman 1.
Rebounds - Havelock 38 (Harris, Barrett, Reid 9 apiece), West Craven 38 (Yates 12). Turnovers - Havelock 9, West Craven 16. Free-throw shooting - Havelock 7-10 (70 percent), West Craven 5-12 (42 percent).
New Bern 15; 11; 10; 16; 52
Jones Senior 7; 20; 3; 13; 43
New Bern (52) - Deshawn Heckstall 20, Brad Barlow 13, Xzavier Jones 12, Satchel Bell 4, Alston Norwood 3.
Jones Senior (43) - Janari Hill 27, Rasheed Cox 4, Xavier Pegues 4, Xavier Hill 3, Antwone Hatchell 2, Syheem Sauls 2, A.J. Ellis 1.
Rebounds - New Bern 32 (Barlow 11), Jones Senior 18 (Pegues 7). Turnovers - New Bern 17, Jones Senior 11. Free-throw shooting - New Bern 3-9 (33 percent), Jones Senior 7-10 (70 percent).
Boys' All-Tournament Team: Khalil Barrett (Most Valuable Player - Havelock), Anthony Harris (Havelock), Latrell Campbell (West Craven), Janari Hill (Jones Senior), Deshawn Heckstall (New Bern).
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