Nelson Scores 33 as Sheldon Advances

After being upset in the sectional finals, the Sheldon Huskies were forced to take their act on the road for the first round of the state tournament. After a week of practice in which the message was focus, the Huskies concentrated their efforts and easily beat Bellarmine 84-75 behind DeMarcus Nelson's 33.

If Bellarmine had any illusions of pulling out a victory, those were quickly dashed as future Blue Devil DeMarcus Nelson scored 12 first quarter points as Sheldon ran out to a 29-7 lead after eight minutes of play.

It was more of the same in the second period as the Huskies rolled to a 43-20 halftime advantage. A late Bellarmine rally actually would cut the Sheldon lead to 72-60 as the Bells implemented a full court press that set out to deny the ball to Nelson and forced the other Huskies bring the ball up the floor – resulting in 11 turnovers in the third quarter alone.

After cutting the lead to as few as eight, the Bells would then falter as Nelson converted all his free throws down the stretch to propel the Huskies into Thursday's second round against Newark Memorial. Newark actually foiled a chance for Nelson to have another match up with UNC bound Quentin Thomas and Oakland Tech with a victory.

On the night Nelson finished with 33 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor and 10-of-12 from the free throw line. He also added 13 rebounds, and five assists as Sheldon improved to 28-4 on the year.

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