Bowman brothers push Havelock to tourney title game

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:07 AM.

“Kyran is the difference,” Fryczynski said. “He came up with some big baskets. If you need a basket, he’s going to get it.

“He is really just the best player in the area. I can’t say anything else. You’re lucky when you get a kid like that, real lucky.”

White scored 22 points to lead the Vikings, including six in the fourth quarter as White Oak battled until Kyran Bowman’s two free throws put the Rams up 67-62 with 34 seconds left.

“Kendall really stepped up,” Grimes said. “He really went to the basket with authority and was also able to provide us with some rebounds to help us stay in the ball game.”

The Vikings scored the first six points of the game, but the Rams went on a 13-5 run to close the quarter and then maintained a 32-27 lead at halftime. The Vikings went on a 7-0 run in the third quarter, including two buckets from Walter McClendon, tying the game at 45 and setting the stage for a tight fourth quarter.

With the victory, the Rams advance to the championship game to take on Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Havelock High. The last time the two teams played on Feb. 7, Havelock won 104-64.

“I think that was a bit of a fluke,” Fryczynski said of the last meeting between the two teams. “Jacksonville’s better than that. They’ve proven they’re better than that. We’re going to have to play well to beat them. We’re going to have to play better than we did tonight if we want to win this thing.”

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