Nelson's Career Ends

The amazing run of DeMarcus Nelson came to a close over the weekend as the Sheldon Huskies fell to #23 LaSalle 67-48 in the state semifinals at Arco Arena despite a final 19 points from Nelson.

The Huskies were never able to compete against their nationally ranked opponents as LaSalle quickly dictated both pace and style of play, leaving Sheldon grasping for ways to compensate. They didn't find any, falling behind by 12 in the second quarter.

After another mini-run to start the second half, the Huskies found themselves down by 20 before Nelson sparked a scoring 25-12 streak that cut the lead to just seven midway through the fourth. However it was too little too late as LaSalle quickly rebounded to score six quick baskets, to put the game away.

Nelson finished with 19 points, on 9-of-19 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds, and six assists but it wasn't enough, and it certainly was of little consequence to the state's all-time leading scorer.

"I had a good year, but it didn't really mean as much," said Nelson. "Basketball is a team game and we came up short of our goal."

In the end the difference was the lack of help Nelson received as LaSalle double and triple teamed him on nearly every possession. However his fellow Huskies couldn't find their scoring touches.

The loss ends Sheldon's season at 28-7, including back to back losses in the sectional and area finals – both played at Arco Arena.

For Nelson, who ends his high school career as California's top all time scorer with 3,462 points, next up will be the McDonalds All-American game and Roundball Classic.

For the season DeMarcus Nelson averaged over 30 points, 11 rebounds, and nearly seven assists per game for the Huskies.

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