Nelson Shines But Sheldon Falls

After struggling in the opening round the Sheldon Huskies and future Blue Devil DeMarcus Nelson went to work and revamped the offensive strategy. Against Cincinnati Moeller High in the semifinals the changes took a while to catch on, as Sheldon fell 76-60 Saturday night despite Nelson's 28 points and 10 rebounds.

After playing off the ball for much of the opening round Nelson returned to the featured role of the Husky offense by scoring, rebounding, and generally taking over the game in the fourth quarter. However it wasn't enough to overcome a 21-point halftime deficit.

"We finally got going in the last part of the second half," said DeMarcus Nelson after the game. "Still we didn't play well early and that hurt us."

After falling behind big, Sheldon showed signs of life as the third quarter wound down before Moeller used a pair of perimeter jumpers to end the third with a 53-36 lead. After seeing the lead extended to 57-38 on a pair of free throws, it was time for Nelson to take over.

The 6-foot-4, 210 pounder began to find his range from the perimeter, hitting three straight perimeter jumpers along with converting a three point play on a drive to cut the lead to 59-51 with 3:23 to play.

However North Carolina State signee Andrew Brackman was too much, touching the ball on every possession, using his 6-foot-9 frame to own the paint against the smaller Huskies as Moeller was able to pull away late.

The final stat line for the future Blue Devil was 28 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, five steals, and three blocks.

Nelson and Sheldon High School conclude their trip to the triangle at 4:00 PM EST in the third place game against Georgetown Prep.

Notes: Nelson and his teammates were able to visit Duke on Sunday and then again on Monday afternoon where they were in attendance for the first half of the Davidson game.


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