RALEIGH — Ravenscroft trailed most of the game but found a way to force overtime, enabling the Ravens to finally take a hard-fought 56-52 TISAC win at North Raleigh Christian Academy on Friday night.
Ravens coach Kevin Billerman said the win was typical of his team’s season thus far.
“We’ve had several games like that,” said Billerman, whose 12-8 team has won 11 of its past 12 and is 3-0 in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference. “We’re not a pretty team, but we stay in there and our kids play hard and smart. We’re good at finishing games and we’ve won four overtime games this season.
“This was a great high school basketball game,” Billerman added. “A full, loud gym, great fans on both sides, and kids stepping up for the both teams. It was a great atmosphere.”
While Marcus Bryan battled inside for Ravenscroft, point guard Chris Corchiani proved to be the difference. Corchiani finished with 26 points, and he scored 12 in the fourth period to keep his team close. After trailing all of the second half, Ravenscroft tied the score at 42 on a short jumper by L.J. Yang with just seven seconds to play.
Corchiani scored five more points in overtime before fouling out with 34 seconds left and his team holding a 54-48 lead.
“I thought Chris was the player of the game,” Billerman said. “He handled the ball, made free throws, made scoring baskets. And he played a heck of a game on their point guards.”
The Knights, 11-5 overall and 1-1 in the league, were led by the inside combo of Jalen Jones with 20 points and Phil Haynes with 19.
“Ravenscroft did a great job coming back and hit shots at the end,” NRCA coach Eddie Rogosich said. “But we’re proud of our guys. It was a great basketball game, anybody’s to win. All the kids played every second, the whole way. Jones and Haynes carried the team, offensively and defensively.”