Indeed Nelson took the ball down the floor and quickly drove to the basket intent on finishing strong at the rim. However a Kennedy defender slid into the paint and forced the 6-foot-4, 212 pound Nelson into a collision. The referee quickly ran over and signaled a charge as time ran out, giving 10th seeded Kennedy their first Joaquin Section Division I championship since 1991.
The final play was symbolic of Nelson's luck for much of the night as the future Blue Devil struggled through a 5-of-18 shooting night, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.
Nelson also extended his state scoring record to 3,384 career points.
Luckily for Nelson and the Huskies, the loss doesn't signal the end of their season. Instead they will travel in the first round of the Northern California Regional Playoffs where they will play Bellarmine on Tuesday, a team they beat by seven earlier this season.