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Nicolas Claxton leads Legacy Charter to victory - Jan 28, 2017


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Legacy Charter's Nicolas Claxton has had a senior year full of accomplishments. The University of Georgia signee celebrated another one Thursday night.

Claxton was honored for reaching 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career before the Lions' contest with Forest Trail Academy.

Claxton then scored 22 points to lead the Lions to a 77-64 victory over the Golden Knights from Kernersville, North Carolina.

Both teams went on massive scoring runs in the first half as Legacy Charter (16-7) scored 19 consecutive points after trailing 5-0.

The Golden Knights (21-4) then rallied with an 18-5 run to cut the Lions' lead to one point at 24-23. The Lions' James Moore scored four points to close the first half to give Legacy Charter a 32-27 lead at halftime.

Once again, the Lions went on a huge run to begin the second half. Claxton and Dontrell Shuler both scored six points during the quarter as Legacy Charter took a commanding 54-40 lead into the fourth quarter.

Shuler scored 16 points, while Moore added 14 points. CJ Nuttry came off the bench to score a game-high 30 points for the Golden Knights.

Legacy Charter coach BJ Jackson was pleased to get the win.

'I thought we did well at spurts,' Jackson said. 'We have to focus more on certain parts of the game, but it was good to get back on the winning track.'

Claxton is just the fourth player in Legacy Charter's history to score over 1,000 career points.

'It has been an honor to play here at Legacy Charter,' Claxton said. 'It is so different than other public schools. We have the opportunity to play on the national scale. I can honestly say that without Legacy Charter, I would not be able to play at the same skill level.'

Jackson has been impressed with Claxton's work ethic.

'He is such a hard worker,' Jackson said. 'At least two to three days a week, he gets here early in the morning to work on his game. He is a great student. He has meant a lot to this program.'   




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