Havelock girls also advance

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Havelock's David Carter, left, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Rams to a 56-53 victory over South Central in the first round of the playoffs on Monday night at Havelock High.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM.

Havelock kicked off March Madness just a few days early.

David Carter hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, as the seventh-seeded Rams opened the state playoffs with a 56-53 victory over South Central Monday night at Havelock High.

“I don’t know what to think right now,” Carter said shortly after being mobbed by teammates at center court. “I’m just happy we won.”

Tenth-seeded South Central (17-10) had tied the game at 53 on Brian Brightwell’s basket with 11 seconds left. Havelock called timeout and came up with a play for Carter to get the ball to leading scorer Zack Bruns or Matt Prichard, who led the Rams with 20 points on the night.

“When I looked at the court, they (South Central) were playing tight, so I just had to take the shot,” said Carter, who scored 11 in the game. “I jumped to pass the ball, and then it was like ‘forget it.’”

The bucket was sweet redemption for Carter, who had a turnover and missed a free throw in the final two minutes of the game before hitting the game-winner.

“I told D.J. (Carter) he owed us that because he had turned the ball over a couple of times,” Havelock coach Bill Fryczynski said.

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