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March 13, 2014

Nunn cousins help lead Lions' surge

ANDERSON — With Liberty Christian junior Chris Nunn, there's always more than meets the eye.

The Lions' leading scorer is just as comfortable setting up his teammates on offense, and he can have an equal or greater impact on the defensive end of the court. Often times, the full measure of his game isn't evident before a glance at the final stat sheet.

And Nunn can be just as versatile off the court. Quieter by nature, he knows how to pick his spots and let his personality shine.

"Once you get to know him, he's kind of a ham," boys basketball coach and athletic director Jason Chappell said. "We've done some fun things this year. We had a dance-off, and Chris was involved in it. It was one of the funnier things I've ever seen."

Nunn's teammate and cousin, Franklin, is more likely to be the life of the party.

A high-flying sophomore, he leads the team in rebounding and is the second-leading scorer. Franklin Nunn brings an energy to the floor that is evident to every spectator in the gym.

And he has a similarly arresting personality off the court.

"He's one of those kids that you see him smile, he's going to spark up a room," Chappell said.

Basketball has allowed the distant relatives to get know one another better. And together they've helped raise Liberty Christian to new heights.

Chris' arrival coincided with the program's first sectional championship in 2012. When Franklin arrived a year later, the Lions came within about six minutes of adding their first regional title to the mix.

The cousins study each other's games and try to supplement their weaknesses.

"He's a lot stronger dribbling," Franklin said. "I try to get stronger at things like that. He looks at me as a rebounder and things like that. So we take from each other's game, which is good for the team."

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