Havelock boys, girls hoops teams pick up league victories

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Havelock's Zack Bruns drives to the basket against Washington on Friday night. Bruns scored 21 points to lead the Rams to a 72-59 victory.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 22:37 PM.

The Havelock boys basketball team couldn’t win a conference championship on Friday night. But, they certainly could have lost one.

The Rams overcame a sluggish start and pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 72-59 victory over Washington Friday at Havelock High.

The victory gives the Rams a 10-7 mark overall and 8-2 in the Coastal 3A Conference with four games left to play. Two of those are against the top two teams in the league, South Central on Tuesday and West Craven on Feb. 14. Both games are at Havelock High.

The game was tied 26-26 at halftime, and Washington took a 37-36 lead on a bucket by Stephon Moore with 5:23 left in the third quarter. Zack Bruns answered with a basket 20 seconds later, and the Rams built a 49-45 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Havelock opened the final eight minutes with an 8-2 and finished it with a 9-2 spurt.

“We put the pressure on them and turned it up,” Havelock coach Bill Fryczynski said. “We knew that if we kept the pressure up and make plays, don’t do anything slick but just make plays, we thought it would wear them down.”

Matt Boykin scored three points but proved a key defensively for the Rams, going to the floor at least three times to come up with loose balls.



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