Five-star Tennessee signee Kennedy Chandler
sparked the Buffaloes late-game burst with a 7-0 personal run. His heroics started with a left-win 3-pointer to put Sunrise Christian up 62-60 and followed that with a layup to extend the lead to four with one minute remaining.
Stifling defense played a major factor in the win, as the Buffaloes limited IMG Academy to four points and one made field goal in the final 5:45.
Sunrise Christian Academy (21-3) also won its previous meeting with IMG Academy, knocking off the Ascenders 69-62 on Jan. 18.
The Buffaloes play either Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) or AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) in Saturday's championship.
GEICO Nationals championship
Saturday, April 3Game on ESPN
Noon — No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy vs. No. 1 Montverde Academy