Three was the magic number Monday night for Legacy Charter School.
Hosting the Pete Hollis Holiday Invitational for the third time, Legacy made nine 3-pointers and rolled to an 83-62 victory over Genesis (Va.) Academy in the championship game.
It marked the first time the Lions had won the tournament.
“We hit a lot of shots today,” Legacy coach B.J. Jackson said. “Yesterday we were 0 for 8 behind the 3-point line.”
Five different players hit threes for the Lions, including tournament MVP Mohammed Touray, a 6-foot-4 senior from the Bronx, New York, who scored 21 points in the final.
Iziah James had 12 points, Anthony Staton had 11 and Nicolas Claxton and JaShaun Smith 10 apiece.
The 6-9 Claxton, an all-tournament team selection, was geocoded for Southside and has been at Legacy since his freshman year.
“When I was (coaching) at Southside, he used to come to all my basketball camps, and his dad trusted me with him to come over here,” Jackson said of Claxton, who has 14 Division I offers, including ones from Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland and Arizona.
In the third-place game, 22 Feet Academy of Shannon Forest Christian School defeated Blue Ridge (Va.) School 59-56.
Clifton Powell Jr. nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner to give 22 Feet Academy a 58-55 lead with 11.3 seconds remaining.
“We had a lot of guys that were in toward the end of the game that haven’t played a lot of key minutes for us,” said 22 Feet Academy coach Ryan Schmidt, whose team was beaten by Genesis Academy on Saturday. “That was a great thing to see from a team standpoint.”
Powell led 22 Feet Academy with 16 points. Mississippi State signee Eli Wright, who made the all-tournament team, finished with 13 points.
Scott Spencer, a 6-5 senior who signed wwith Clemson, scored nine points for Blue Ridge School and made the all-tournament team. Aamir Simms, a 6-8 junior, led Blue Ridge with 22 points.
Ten days ago, 22 Feet Academy recorded a 70-67 win over national power Oak Hill Academy.
“When you have a win against someone like Oak Hill, now you have a target on your back,” Schmidt said. “You’re going to get everyone’s best shot. We took a tough loss on Saturday, but to come back and get a win like this was great.”