Looking dead in the water after digging itself a big hole, Sierra Canyon came back from a nine-point deficit in the final 1:53 to defeat Windward, 71-70, in the Gold Coast League championship game on Thursday night at Viewpoint.
Deveral Ramsey made one of two free throws with 6.4 seconds, giving him 28 points on the night. Windward (16-10) failed to get off a decent shot in a final try and left the court stunned after a terrific performance that had the Wildcats in great position to win.
Jalen Harris had 15 points, Wonder Smith 14 and Jules Bernard 13. But the young Wildcats could not withstand an intense full-court press that produced turnovers and enabled Sierra Canyon (21-3) to go on a 10-0 run to end the game.
"We've been in that situation before," Ramsey said. "We're battle tested. We picked up the full-court intensity. We knew we could come back. We just believed."
Cody Riley tied the game with 26 seconds left after a Windward turnover. He then blocked a shot that enabled Ramsey to drive to the basket and get fouled with 6.4 seconds left. Remy Martin and Riley each had 13 points to support Ramsey. Adam Seiko added 10 points.
Sierra Canyon will almost certainly be selected to play in the Southern Section Open Division when teams are announced on Friday.
Windward will go to Division 5AA, where the Wildcats are expected to see competition from fellow Gold Coast League teams Brentwood and Viewpoint.