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Summit Christian Takes School's First State Title, Beats Grandview 62-50

Summit Christian stifled Class 1A's highest scoring team and won its first state championship in basketball Thursday, beating Grandview Prep 62-50 in a final between Palm Beach County teams.

Farad Cobb led Summit Christian (28-4) with 20 points, the same total he had in the semifinals, when Summit Christian came from six points down in the fourth quarter to beat three-time defending champion Orlando Christian Prep 42-41.

The final, played in Lakeland, wasn't as close. Summit Christian took a 34-23 lead at halftime and maintained a healthy edge the rest of the way.

Grandview's 6-foot-9 center Ismali Dauda scored 26 points and had eight rebounds, but he got little help on the perimeter as Grandview's other players made only 10 of 37 shots, including 1-for-16 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Summit Christian was a force inside as 6-4 Jean Prophete had 15 points and six rebounds while 6-8 Brandon Williams has 11 and six. They made 12 of their 16 field goal attempts.

Grandview entered the game averaging 70.1 points but was held to as few as 50 for the first time this season.

It's been a big year for Palm Beach County basketball. Aside from these county rivals making the state finals, nationally ranked Dwyer is in the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs Friday and is the team to beat there.

Summit Christian has made the state playoffs four of the past five seasons, but finally won it.

"I'm tired of knocking on the door, I want to kick it down," Prophete told the South Florida Suntinel newspaper before the game. "This is my senior year and I want to leave my legacy as a state champion."

The Class 2A and 3A finals were to be played later Thursday. Florida's 4A, 5A and 6A finals are Saturday.