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 first 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.


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 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.


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.


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


Jackson led Impact Christian with 14.