Nelson Dominates In Third Straight Tournament

As the Sheldon High Huskies continue to participate in pre-conference tournaments, future Blue Devil DeMarcus Nelson keeps earning MVP honors. The latest came in the Mel Goode Tournament where the 6-foot-3, 210 pound combo guard led the Huskies to yet another championship.

The semifinals saw Nelson and the Huskies matched up against Northern California powerhouse Bellarmine Prep. With some interesting coaching decisions, the future All-American saw reduced minutes and touches in the first half.

Despite coming out hot and hitting for 12 points in the first quarter, Nelson would only touch the ball twice more in the first half as the Huskies saw an 18 point lead reduced to five at the half.

The second half saw Nelson once again taken off the ball as Bellarmine made the necessary adjustments, to make a game out of it before ultimately falling to Sheldon 63-56.

On the evening Nelson finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists while providing two monsterous dunks – the first a windmill in the lane, and the second a two handed throw down over a flailing 6'7 defender who had eyes on the block.

The championship game saw Nelson get back on track with his team's offensive game plan against Northern California's top ranked Berkley High, who employed an interesting defensive strategy against the All-American guard.

Berkley sent three defenders at him all night, who would then flop in hopes of drawing the charge in hopes of fouling Nelson out of the game. It began to pay off as he picked up a third foul in the second quarter, but not before scoring 11 points, grabbing seven rebounds, handing out seven assists, while logging two blocks including one on top 40 junior Dior Lowhorn that had the crowd going crazy.

The 6-foot-7 Lowhorn seemed to have an easy lane to the hoop for the dunk before Nelson soared in from the weak side to pin the ball against the backboard.

The second half saw more of the same from both teams as Sheldon was able to pull away for the 84-69 victory thanks to Nelson's 26 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, five steals, and four blocks – good enough for his third straight tournament MVP award.

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