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Defense, the staple of Havelock’s powerful football program, carried over to the hardwood Wednesday night as the Rams laid a different sort of blitz on the visiting Swansboro Pirates.
Havelock forced 19 Pirate turnovers in a 70-36 route.
Sophomore Kyran Bowman dazzled the crowd with rim-rocking jams and fluid long-range shooting as he led the Rams with 19 points. Older brother Micheal added 12, while sophomore center Keion Joyner poured in 17.
Both Micheal Bowman and Joyner also got in on the dunk show that broke out at the basketball game.
“We tried man-to-man defense early because the boys wanted to and it wasn’t working very well, so we switched to the 2-3 zone, got in the passing lanes and got into transition and got I don’t know how many dunks,” Havelock coach Bill Fryczynski said. “That’s the entire key to our offense – get out in transition and take advantage of our athleticism.”
Swansboro hung tough for the first quarter, trailing 14-11, but got down 35-19 at the half and it only spiraled out of control from there.
“We just moved the ball great tonight,” Joyner said. “I feel like when we play together and the way we did tonight, we shouldn’t lose to anyone.”
Joyner swished a pair of 3-pointers in addition to being a force in the paint.
Havelock dominated the rebounding in the contest as well, 34-22.
Jared Morton was the lone Pirate in double-figures, leading the way with 11 points.
Havelock’s win extended its winning-streak to six games, as they are undefeated since many of the football players joined the team after winning the state title on Dec. 14.
The Rams were able to empty the bench as everyone in white and black got into the game.
“They are a goofy bunch to coach,” Fryczynski said with a smile. “But they are fun to coach and fun to watch and I like this team and hopefully we can keep this streak going Friday night down at Jacksonville.”
Havelock improves to 6-5 overall and 3-0 in the Coastal Conference, while Swansboro drops to 4-10 and 0-4 in conference play.
Havelock (70) – Kyran Bowman 19, Keion Joyner 17, Micheal Bowman 12, Jordan Begley 8, Matt Boykin 3, Anthony Fisher 3, Jordan Cuthbertson 2, Shondel Granison 2, Maurice Harris 2, Ransford Johnson 2.
Swansboro (36) – Jared Morton 11, Christian Oswalt 9, Jake Barton 6, Andrew Fellows 3, Dee McIver 3, Anfernee Ashley 2, T.J. Foy 2.
Rebounds: Havelock – 34 (Keion Joyner, Kyran Bowman and Shondel Granison - 6 apiece), Swansboro – 24 (Jake Barton and Zack Taylor – 5 apiece). Turnovers: Swansboro – 19, Havelock – 9. Free Throws: Swansboro – 9/13 (69 percent), Havelock – 9/15 (60 percent).
Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.