After each securing a one-point win in the semis, La Lumiere School (La Porte, Indiana) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) will meet in the 2019 High School Basketball National Championship on Saturday.
The game is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN. But if you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
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La Lumiere vs IMG Preview
It couldn’t have been much closer for either of these teams in the semifinals.
La Lumiere, ranked as the top seed in the tournament, escaped with a 58-57 win over Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) after 5-star shooting guard Cam Thomas missed a potential game-winning three at the buzzer.
“God was with us,” La Lumiere center and Washington commit, Isaiah Stewart said afterwards. “I closed my eyes when they had a wide-open look; I was hoping it didn’t go in; like I said God was with us.”
Before that, IMG pulled off an even more dramatic victory. Trailing 25-8 after the first quarter and 63-47 heading into the final period against Montverde Academy (Florida), IMG put together a furious fourth-quarter comeback that was capped by a game-winning poster dunk by Top-20 recruit Jeremiah Robinson in the final seconds.
“Wow, I’ve never been a part of something like that,” IMG coach Sean McAloon said. “It’s just a testament to our guys. They just didn’t want to go home.”
Both having survived the semis, La Lumiere and IMG will now meet in a massive showdown in the national championship.
La Lumiere are led by Stewart, a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, and fellow 5-star Keion Brooks, who is on his way to Kentucky. In the the two games thus far, Stewart has piled up 39 points and 23 rebounds, while Brooks has poured in 38.
IMG counters with the duo of Robinson, the aforementioned 5-star, and Jaden Springer, the 12th-ranked player in the class of 2020. Springer has gone for 26 in each of IMG’s wins this tournament, combining to shoot a ruthlessly efficient 18-of-26 from the field and 14-of-15 from the line.
“It’ll be interesting,” Stewart said of the matchup. “I’m going to go back and watch their game against Montverde to see how they play and how they came back against them. We’ll do a lot of studying.”
A win for La Lumiere would make it two championships in three years after Memphis Grizzlies star rookie Jaren Jackson led the team to a title in 2017, while IMG could make it two titles in a row for the state of Florida following Montverde’s championship run last year.
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