Ram boys keep hold of first place in league

Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 06:21 PM.

Trailing by four after three quarters, the Vikings scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 39-39 on a free throw by Noah Snowden with 5:50 left.

Then it was all Havelock, who defeated the Vikings 59-58 on Dec. 17.

Michael Bowman scored on a tip-in with 3:55 left to give the Rams a 41-39 lead and spark a 7-0 Havelock run. White Oak’s Cedrick Harris made a free throw with 1:27 remaining to cut the Vikings’ deficit to 46-40, but the Rams scored the final eight points to pull away.

“I think we had a little more depth than them today,” Havelock coach Bill Fryczynski said. “One of the things I thought we had to do was go a little bit smaller. That’s why I put (Michael) Bowman in there because he’s probably our best athlete on the team. What we tried to do offensively was just spread out once we got inside three minutes. Defensively, we just told them to guard, keep kids in front of them and no fouls. I think we did a pretty good job of that.”

The Vikings were hurt late when senior Kendall White fouled out with 3:37 left with Havelock leading 41-39. White drew his fifth foul on an offensive foul call.

“Obviously he’s our best athlete and he can play a variety of positions, offensively,” Grimes said. “So losing that versatility on offense put us out of whack for a couple of positions after he fouled out.”

Snowden led White Oak with 15 points and eight rebounds. He had 11 points in the second half to help the Vikings get back in the game after falling behind by double digits.

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