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Sagemont celebrates Wednesday's blowout victory over Tampa Prep in the Florida Class 3A state final.

Ranked No. 22 nationally by MaxPreps this week, Sagemont (Weston) made a statement Wednesday in the Florida Class 3A championship game.

The Lions (33-0) capped a dominant run through the state tournament by hammering Tampa Prep 79-48, getting 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists from Connecticut-bound junior guard Prince Ali.

Sagemont trounced national No. 9 Providence in the semifinals 78-59 and won its first three contests in the tournament by an average of 23.6 points per game.

The season may not be over for the Lions as their undefeated record, national ranking and affiliation with the Florida High School Athletic Association should make them a prime candidate for inclusion in the Dick's Sporting Goods national tournament in early April. The FHSAA has granted members permission to participate in the event in the past.

Sagemont beat teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri in addition to Florida this season.

In his sixth year at the school, head coach Adam Ross has compiled a 148-35 record and Sagemont and also led the Lions to a state title in 2011.

In addition to Ali, three other players on the championship roster have committed or signed with Division I programs. Gyorgy Goloman, a 6-foot-10 center, will play for UCLA, Joe Kirby is headed to Richmond and Lance Crawford is bound for UMass-Lowell.