Bowman scores 32 in Havelock's 92-87 victory

It didn’t appear to be the first basketball game of the season for the Havelock or Northside boys Tuesday night.

From the tip, the game was a back-and-forth, action-packed blur of fast-break basketball.

The Rams prevailed in the end, 92-87.

“I wanted to see us run and I wanted to see toughness from the guys,” Havelock coach Daniel Griffee said. “We have a lot of capable guys to put on the court and we had to beat a really good, athletic team tonight.”

Senior Kyran Bowman was a stat sheet stuffer with 32 points, six rebounds, eight assists and four steals to lead Havelock.

Keion Joyner chipped in 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while guard Jeffrey Harris put up 15.

“Coaches just push us every day after practice getting in conditioning and extra running because we want to play fast,” Bowman said. “It feels good to win the way we did because it shows the guys are really stepping into their roles.”

Guard Zach Hobbs scored 22 points and Robert Colon was the Monarchs high-scorer with 27.

“It’s good playing a first game like that where it’s a battle,” Hobbs said. “I think it will help our young guys learn how to be in those battles and play at a different level.”

Both Griffee and Northside head coach Tony Marshburn said the game was a great opener and had a playoff feel to it.

“I thought when we got to halftime and it was tied 42-42 – ‘that’s a lot of points,’” Marshburn said. “Havelock is a regional type of team and I knew No. 1 (Bowman) was going to be a tough matchup, he is for anybody, but I thought that 10 (Harris) and the big guy (Joyner) did some good things for them that hurt us.”

Northside was in the game all the way to the end and spent the second half of the fourth quarter trying to fight back for the lead.

However, Bowman handled the ball and forced the Monarchs to foul him, where he went 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

“You know when it’s a two-possession game like that, it’s the little things that we didn’t do well enough,” Marshburn said. “I’m encouraged by the way we played, discouraged by the loss, but that’s a very good squad over there.”

Boxscore:

Havelock 22 20 23 27 – 92

Northside-Jacksonville 25 17 17 26 – 87

Kyran Bowman 32, Keion Joyner 20, Jeffrey Harris 15, Maleek Walker 9, Khalil Barrett 4, Miciah Hutchinson 4, Avery Jones 4, Anthony Harris 2, Quinzel Lockhart 2.

Northside-Jacksonville (87) – Robert Colon 27, Zach Hobbs 22, Luke Popenfuse 15, Kenny Dye 6, Gabe Kirkendoll 6, Edrise Washington 5, Costello Bussey 2, Jacob Erickson 2.

Team Stats:

Rebounds: Havelock 32 (Joyner, Walker 7), Northside-Jacksonville 18 (Popenfuse 5).Turnovers: Havelock 13, Northside-Jacksonville 16. Free throws: Havelock 20-for-32 (63 percent), Northside-Jacksonville 16-for-21 (76 percent).

Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.