OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Lone Peak's historic season has culminated with not only another state title, but also a national championship.
The Knights, ranked #1 in the nation, beat Alta in the 5A state championship game convincingly, 72-39, to win its third straight state title.
Eric Mika had 16 points and 18 rebounds, Nick Emery had 13 points, while T.J. Haws added 11 points and 8 assists in the blowout win.
"This is the best feeling in the world," said Haws. "It's my third time feeling it. I love being able to share this with my teammates. It's been such a fun ride, and to finish it off like this is unbelievable."
Alta played the Knights close in the first quarter, led by Zach Rollins and his 12 points. But the Knights raced out to a 14-point halftime lead before blowing the game wide open in the second half. Lone Peak led by 27 going into the 4th quarter.
"I don't think we're going to fully comprehend for a couple weeks what we've really done this year," said Mika. "But, it's really exciting."
Talon Shumway poured in 16 points for the Knights, while Connor Toolson added 11.
Lone Peak finishes the season with a record of 26-1. So are the Knights the best team in the nation?
"I think we are, yes," said Haws.
"I believe we're one of the best teams in the nation and one of the best teams to ever come out of Utah," said Emery, who will serve a 2-year LDS mission before enrolling at BYU. "We wanted to show the state how good we are and how well we play together."
The Knights have been the subject of stories by such national publications as USA Today, the New York Times and CNN. But the brighter the spotlight shined, the better Lone Peak got.
"That may be the most remarkable thing about our team," said head coach Quincy Lewis, who won his 5th state title in the last 7 years. "We had so much attention, and these are high school kids. They're not pros. But they were able to handle it."
No team in the state was able to handle Lone Peak.