LAKELAND – Impact Christian used an offense that was part Dean Smith and part Norman Dale in hopes of slowing down perennial Class 2A power Orlando Christian Prep.


It almost worked.


The Lions, making their second appearance in a state championship game, held a 34-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter before Orlando Christian took over in the fourth on its way to a 58-44 win and the school’s eighth state championship in the past 12 seasons.


Employing a four-corners offense similar to the style former North Carolina coach Dean Smith used, and making at least four passes on most possessions, similar to fictional coach Norman Dale’s offense in the movie "Hoosiers," Impact Christian slowed the game down and stayed even with the Warriors heading into the fourth quarter.


"It’s something we’ve had to do in a few games where we felt like the slower pace favored us," Impact Christian coach Ben Jones said. "It worked in our favor for most of the game. We were in perfect position to pull the game out. It just didn’t go our way on a few plays down the stretch."


Impact Christian (19-9) had more than one possession where it ran off more than a minute on the clock. As a result of the slow-paced offense, the two teams only combined for 30 shot attempts in the first half. Heading into the fourth quarter, each team had attempted just 26 shots.


The slower pace did have an effect on Orlando Christian, Warriors coach Treig Burke said.


"It’s uneasy because they looked like they were just going to sit out there, and we’re not the most patient team at times," Burke said. "We want to get up and down (the court). We want to get out and run and get going."


The Warriors (29-2) started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 42-34 lead with 4:51 left in the game, speeding up the pace of the game.


"Our players trusted our coaches, they trusted our plan," Burke said. "We were able to get that 9-0 run, and that’s what we usually get at some point to open the game up. Then they had to play, and that’s what we wanted."


Eric Butler had a 3-pointer that extended the lead to six points, 40-34, that Burke said changed the pace of the game.


"We’re used to playing fast-paced, and they were trying to stall," Butler said. "We just listened to the coaches who kept saying, ‘Be patient, be patient,’ and that’s what we did."


Impact Christian cut it to 42-38 on a pair of free throws by Jordin Jackson, but Orlando Christian pushed the lead back to eight, 46-38, with three minutes to play. The Warriors eventually pushed that lead to 50-40 heading into the final two minutes and pulled away in the final two minutes.


Ven Allen Lubin led the Warriors with 16 points. Eric Butler had 12 and Anthony Brown 10.


Jackson led Impact Christian with 14.


IMPACT CHRISTIAN (44) – RJ Bryant 1-9 0-0 3, Jordin Jackson 6-9 2-4 14, David Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Devean Knowles 2-5 1-1 5, Ivan Lawson 2-2 1-2 5, Timothy Grant 2-10 0-0 6, Calvin Johnson 1-2 1-1 3, Jalen Harrell 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Mikell 0-0 0-0 0, Kelvin Johnson 3-3 2-2 8. Totals 17-40 7-10 44.


ORLANDO CHRISTIAN (58) – Terrance Reese 2-3 0-0 5, Brian Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Ven Allen Lubin 6-8 4-6 16, Anthony Brown 4-10 2-2 10, Eric Butler 4-6 3-4 12, Sam Ihekwoaba 3-7 3-3 9, Jayden Hastings 0-0 0-0 0, Omar Figueroa 2-5 1-2 6. Totals 21-39 13-17 58.


Impact Christian ; 8 ; 12 ; 14 ; 10 ; – ; 44


Orlando Christian ; 7 ; 16 ; 10 ; 25 ; – ; 58


3-pt FG: Impact Christian 3-22 (Bryant 1-9, Jackson 0-2, Knowles 0-2, Grant 2-8, Johnson 0-1), Orlando Christian 3-9 (Reese 1-2, Brown 0-2, Butler 1-2, Figueroa 1-3). Rebounds: Impact Christian 18 (Bryant 6), Orlando Christian 28 (Lubin 9). Fouls: Impact Christian 13, Orlando Christian 14. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Impact Christian 9 (Jackson 3), Orlando Christian 10 (Figueroa 5). Steals: Impact Christian 4 (Bryant 2, Jackson 2), Orlando Christian 3 (Reese 1, Butler 1, Figueroa 1). Turnovers: Impact Christian 11, Orlando Christian 10.