Nelle proves prophetic in saying Cubs were beating Braves
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 19, 2016 08:28 PM
FORWARD-LOOKING. Evan Nelle guaranteed a San Beda victory versus Arellano three full days before it happened.
Already assured of the top-seed in the NCAA 92 Juniors Basketball Tournament last Friday, San Beda High School made it a point to express that they were, in no way, punting away their remaining assignment.
Especially because their remaining assignment was against the only team that had defeated them. “Kailangan pa naming makabawi sa Arellano,” coach JB Sison expressed then.
Back in the first round, the Braves tamed the Red Cubs, 93-90.
Second-year sharpshooter Evan Nelle was a little more confident and a little more blunt when asked about their most-awaited rematch. “We’re gonna beat them,” he said without even thinking.
As it turns out, Nelle was only telling the truth. Come Monday, the seven-time champions turned it on from start to finish and ultimately humbled the upstarts, 92-74.
“We really prepared well for this game. Nagkaisa kami na kailangang makabawi kami,” Sison said post-game.
Indeed, San Beda looked nothing but prepared and nothing but determined. They were up on the faces of their opponents and forced 21 errors they quickly converted into a big-time 26-8 advantage in turnover points.
The Cubs’ total team effort was also on full display with 22 assists and all 12 players sent in contributing in the scoring column. Nelle himself showed the way with 19 points built on five triples while fellow veteran Sam Abu Hijleh posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double to help their squad end the eliminations at 17-1.
The domination his wards put on was so thorough that Sison said they may have very well taken the fight out of once league-leaders Arellano. As he put it, “Napansin kong medyo nakayuko, nakatungkod na yung kabila.”
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