Bowman beats buzzer to lift Havelock to victory

Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 09:28 PM.

The 11th-seeded Gryphons held a 66-57 lead with 4 1/2 minutes left in regulation, but the sixth-seeded Rams went to a press that netted immediate results and got them back into the game. Trailing 73-68 with 50 seconds left, Havelock got a steal from Micheal Bowman and layup from Matt Boykin to get within 73-70, and then Keion Joyner drained a 3-pointer with eight seconds left, tying the game at 73 and sending the game into overtime.

“Coach (Fryczynski) said whoever was open to take the three, and I was wide open, so I had to take it,” said Joyner, who scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and overtime.

Rocky Mount turned the ball over with three seconds left in regulation, but Kyran Bowman’s 3-pointer missed the mark and Shondel Granison’s tip-in attempt bounced off the front of the rim, sending the game to overtime.

Joyner scored Havelock’s first four points in the overtime, but Rocky Mount’s Isaiah Alston tied the contest at 77 with 1:40 left. Both teams missed free throws, and Havelock turned the ball over with 20 seconds left, setting up Battle’s bucket that put Rocky Mount in front 79-77 with seven seconds left.

The rest was up to Kyran Bowman.

“Kyran is going to get his points,” said Fryczynski, who watched as his leading scorer fought through a variety of box-and-one, man-to-man and zone defenses throughout the contest. “But, I thought what may have been the big difference was Keion. He had a bunch of points, a couple of blocks and that enormous 3-pointer.”

The contest was a fast-paced affair throughout. Rocky Mount (16-9) got out to an early 12-6 lead, but the Rams (18-6) cut the deficit to 22-21 at the end of the first quarter. The teams exchanged the lead in a second quarter that ended with the Gryphons ahead 41-37.

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