RALEIGH — With five seconds remaining Tre Cotten pump-faked, then hit a 3-pointer as the Ravenscroft boys completed a come-from-behind victory to win the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference title.
"I feel like we deserved it," Cotten said.
Ravenscroft (18-10), which trailed most of the game, put together a 21-point fourth quarter to erase an 11-point deficit.
"We've lost nine games in the last three minutes," Ravenscroft coach Kevin Billerman said. "It was important to show we can win a close one."
Ravenscroft returns to the payoffs after bowing out in the quarterfinals last year.
"We have to be a good defensive team," Billerman said.
Cotten looked at the big picture.
"We haven't been a whole team," he said, citing injuries. "Now we have a team."
Durham Academy (18-12), which lost six seniors from last year's team, must hope for an at-large bid to reach the state playoffs.