Amier Ali scored all 16 of his points in the first half to help IMG Academy (Fla.) to a 67-58 win over The Rock School (Fla.) on Thursday at the Chick-fil-A Classic.
IMG will play Huntington Prep in the National Bracket championship at 7 p.m. on Friday. It is the Ascenders’ second championship game appearance. IMG lost to Oak Hill in the 2017 National Bracket championship.
IMG is ranked No. 9 in ESPN’s latest Top 25 high school rankings.
Ali hit four 3-pointers in the first half as IMG led 35-26 at halftime. The Ascenders shot 50 percent from the field in the first half.
The Rock School got within six points with three minutes left before the Ascenders pulled away. Blue Cain added 14 points and Bryson Tucker had 12 points for IMG. Jamie Kaiser had 11.
Evan Sterck had a game-high 21 points to lead the Lions. The Rock School will play Calvary Christian in the third-place on Friday at 5:30 p.m.