Video: McDonald's All-American Game highlightsNation's top senior stars put on a show earlier this week in Chicago.
Top-seeded La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.)
and head coach Shane Heirman suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss in last season's Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals final.
But the determined Lakers broke through Saturday in New York by knocking off three-time champion Montverde Academy (Fla.)
, winning their first Dick's Nationals crown.
La Lumiere started the game in disarray, missing its first nine attempts from beyond the arc. Five-star senior prospect Brian Bowen
went scoreless in the first quarter and the Lakers trailed by one at halftime.
But like Friday's semifinal, the Lakers woke up in the second half. The Lakers outscored Montverde Academy 20-10 in the third quarter and 43-24 over the final 16 minutes of the contest.
Bowen was the catalyst, finishing with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Montverde Academy's star sophomore R.J. Barrett
ended with a game-high 25 points but was the only double-digit scorer for the Eagles.
Michigan State commit Jaren Jackson
scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed five rebounds for La Lumiere. Michigan-bound senior Jordan Poole
recorded 13 points while sophomore floor general Tyger Campbell
notched 10 points and a game-high seven assists.
The two teams met in last year's Dick's Nationals semifinals with La Lumiere winning 55-47.
La Lumiere (28-1) likely solidified an Independent Top 10 national championship with the win. MaxPreps will release final rankings Monday.