TAMPA — Sickles hit on all cylinders Saturday as the Gryphons beat Chamberlain 56-28 in the Class 5A, District 9 final to capture their fifth straight title.
Rashawn Rembert started strong, scoring 20 of his 26 points before halftime, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter.
"I've been playing with a sprained ankle, but I felt pretty good in warmups. It was a great to come out and shoot well. We just need to keep on playing with this confidence and swagger," Rembert said.
Sickles (25-2) led by 18 at halftime and continued to build its lead in the second half. Point guard Jordan Davis controlled the second half, scoring 11 of his 16 points after the break.
"We came out with a lot of energy and took the tempo early," Sickles coach Renaldo Garcia said. "These five straight district titles is a credit to these kids. It's a good feeling to be associated with them; their unselfishness really gives us a chance to be successful."
Eric Storts and Reggie Hart scored 11 apiece to lead Chamberlain (14-10), which was coming off an emotional victory over Hillsborough the night before to reach the final.
"I thought we might struggle tonight," Chamberlain coach Christopher Snyder said. "This game tested our mental and physical toughness. Now it's time for us to prepare and rest up for the next one."