Havelock uses defense to stuff Swansboro

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Havelock's Matthew Boykin, right, guards Swansboro's Christian Oswalt on Wednesday.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:35 AM.

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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.

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