Havelock’s sharp-shooting duo of Zack Bruns and Michael Bowman combined for 32 points as the Rams beat New Bern 67-62 Monday in New Bern.
In a game that saw the Bears jumped out to 15-8 lead after one quarter and a 31-24 at the half, the Rams rushed back to outscore New Bern (1-1) 43-31 over the final two quarters for the win.
“If you can’t get up for Havelock-New Bern, then you don’t have a pulse,” Havelock coach Bill Fryczynski said. “A lot of people are still hyped up from football and I’m very happy to have my football guys back as I’m sure they (New Bern) are as well.”
Havelock (1-2) played the game without starting point guard Kyran Bowman (back injury), and Pharoh Cooper is waiting to begin the basketball season until after the Shrine Bowl game Dec. 15.
“We didn’t have Kyran tonight but we have a team full of guards and I knew I had guys like Zack, Michael and David (Carter) who could handle the ball,” Fryczynski said.
The two teams were battling tooth-and-nail over the final minutes and Havelock forced three straight New Bern turnovers that all led to points.
“We played well tonight at times but those three straight turnovers killed us,” New Bern coach Cliff Dillard said. “I probably shouldn’t have waited so long to call a timeout and gotten it earlier. The boys played well defensively and this loss is on me.”
Jailen Ganos led the Bears with 13 points, while Colin Jacobs and Jeff Taylor each added 10.
Ram girls squeeze by Bears
In a game that featured 42 personal fouls and 37 missed free throws, the Havelock Rams girls team (2-1) outlasted the New Bern Bears (1-2) 51-44 Monday in New Bern.
Shakina Dyer led the Rams with 14 hard-earned points, most of which came from the paint, while Natalie Johnson nailed four clutch free throws to help put the game on ice.
New Bern received 14-point efforts from J.J. Jones and Brianna Coor.
Apriel Barrette notched nine points for the Rams and Alaya Fenderson scored six fourth-quarter points.
New Bern did its best to cap a spirited comeback and was as close as three points before the Rams buckled down and thwarted the Bears’ momentum.
Dyer and Kierra Fleming controlled the boards in the game for the Rams, limiting the Bears’ second chances.
Boys – Havelock (67) – Bruns 19, M. Bowman 13, Carter 8, Blythe 6, Granison 6, Prichard 6, Richards 6, Boykin 3, Jo. Cuthbertson, Jul. Cuthbertson, Harris.
New Bern (62) – Ganos 13, Jacobs 10, Noble 10, Mims 8, Taylor 8, Mills 6, Sy. Smith 3, Gaston 2, Pa. Smith 2, Dervin.
Girls – Havelock (51) – Dyer 14, Barrette 9, Coyne 6, Fenderson 6, Fleming 6, Johnson 6, Bess 2, Wilson 2, Jones, McKinley.
New Bern (44) – Jones 14, Coor 14, Lewis 6, McCullough 5, Davis 3, Lee 2, Garbark, Niemotka.