Havelock basketball teams sweep Jacksonville

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Havelock's Matt Prichard goes up for a shot against Jacksonville on Friday.

John Sudbrink Jr./Halifax Media
Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM.

The Havelock Rams boys basketball team rallied with a strong fourth quarter, taking its first lead of the game with less than a minute to go en route to a 60-58 victory Friday at Jacksonville.

The Cardinals fell to 7-8 overall and 2-3 in the Coastal 3A Conference, while the Rams improved to 7-6 and 4-1 going into the exam break. Havelock is scheduled to play at West Craven on Friday.

“I just told them that they played a great game and there is nothing to be ashamed about,” Jacksonville coach James Jordan said. “I know a few of these guys are taking it pretty hard, but we need to go into next week and get some rest and be ready to get back at it next Friday night.”

Havelock took its first lead — a lead it never lost — with 59 seconds left when Pharoh Cooper, who was a Shrine Bowl quarterback for the Rams’ football team, stole the ball near midcourt and drove to the bucket for a layup for a 57-55 lead.

The Cardinals missed two shots on their ensuing trip down court and were forced to foul. Havelock’s Matt Prichard hit both foul shots to push the lead to 59-55, but Jacksonville closed to within one on a 3-pointer by Nigel Vialva with 22 seconds left.

Havelock made it 60-58 on one of two foul shots by Zack Bruns with 9.6 seconds left, and the Cardinals were unable to get the tying or winning bucket in the final seconds.

“At halftime I said there were two things we couldn’t do,” Havelock coach Bill Fryczynski said. “No. 1 we can’t panic, and No. 2 we can’t go into the tank. We weren’t hitting our shots and even though they didn’t fall, we got enough from our defense and enough from transition to make up for it.”

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