Nelson Helps Sheldon to Tough Opening Win

Though the offense was in a funk all night long, the Sheldon (CA) Huskies were able to put enough together to get past a scrappy Raleigh Millbrook squad thanks to the help of future Blue Devil DeMarcus Nelson who ended the night with 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks, and three steals in the 71-62 victory.

With future head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Steve Wojciechowski watching from the sideline, Nelson struggled to get open looks as the Huskies lacked offensive continuity throughout the first half.

After leading 12-8 after the first quarter of play, Sheldon quickly fell behind early in the second period as Millbrook stormed out to an eight point lead before Nelson would score eight straight points to cut the lead to 35-30 at the break.

"They were a really scrappy team who made it tough to get anything going," Nelson said after the game. "In the first half I was able to get my shot a little easier, because they only sent a double team at me, but in the second they made adjustments so I started to do other things and play more of a point guard. "

Nelson scored 13 of his 15 points before intermission. Then, in the second half, he added five assists and five rebounds as Millbrook keyed in on the 6-foot-4 guard in hopes of denying him the ball.

The strategy seemed to pay off as the Huskies found themselves down 52-47 entering the fourth quarter before Nelson picked up assists on the first two possessions of the quarter as the Huskies tied the game at 52. From there Sheldon was able to add a 8-0 burst that put the game away as the clock wound down.

Despite the relatively strong stat line Nelson remained unhappy with his overall performance and the performance of his team.

"We need to play better on Monday, hopefully we'll come out with more intensity then. I need to play better. I need to do a little bit of everything for us to be successful. Hopefully that'll happen on Monday."

Nelson and his teammates will be taking time off on Sunday and heading over to Duke to watch the current Blue Devils practice. He and his family visited the campus earlier on Saturday, and may be in attendance for the Devils' match up with Davidson on Monday afternoon in Cameron.


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