Havelock basketball players used to success


Havelock coach Bill Fryczynski speaks during a press conference for the regional basketball playoffs on Monday in Fayetteville.

Chris Miller/Halifax Media Service
Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 05:13 PM.

FAYETTEVILLE – Most of Havelock’s basketball players have been in pressure situations. They are three-time defending state champions in football.

That expectation of excellence has carried over to the basketball court.

For the first time since 1992, Havelock’s basketball team will play in the Eastern Regionals. The Rams play Wilson Hunt at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.

“It’s a great honor,” Havelock coach Bill Fryczynski said at Monday’s regionals press conference. “There is not the same kind of tradition here in basketball that there is in football at Havelock. Because we have a group of athletes that are talented in other sports, we are looking forward to it.

“I haven’t been in this atmosphere in quite a while, since I was in Jersey.”

Since the football season ended, the basketball-playing Rams (19-6) have won 19 of their 20 games. Sophomore Kyran Bowman is averaging more than 24 points and eight rebounds per game. Micheal Bowman is posting more than 14 points per game and Keion Joyner is putting up nearly nine points per game.

“When you have players who were in a championship situation in one sport where they are expected to win, I think that carries over to the next sport,” Fryczynski said.

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