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UAAP basketball: Evan Nelle apologizes as ‘never consistent’ La Salle falls short


La Salle’s Evan Nelle. UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Evan Nelle rued his missed potential game-tying basket and La Salle’s 14-point collapse within the fourth quarter as the Inexperienced Archers failed to succeed in the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball Finals.

“Like Deschon (Winston) stated, we had it. We fell short, we couldn’t convert, we couldn’t get stops. We f*cked up,” stated Nelle after La Salle’s 78-74 loss to University of the Philippines of their do-or-die Closing 4 recreation on Friday at Mall of Asia Area.

After Carl Tamayo scored an important and1 to place UP forward, 76-74, with 21.5 seconds left, the transferee guard tried to equalize the match with a floater however it went off the mark as Tamayo grabbed the rebound and cast their Finals showdown with Ateneo with two free throws.

Nelle, who unleashed 26 points to beat UP final Wednesday, struggled within the recreation that mattered most, taking pictures 2-of-12 from the sphere with six factors to go together with 4 rebounds, 4 steals and three assists.

Winston carried La Salle with 26 factors however the Inexperienced Archers solely scored two discipline targets within the ultimate seven minutes.

“Not sufficient. The season, it was rocky. We had been good on protection however offense, we had been by no means constant,” Nelle stated. “That’s why we had a variety of shut video games. We all know we had them, we must always’ve received this recreation. We now have a lot to study.”

Nelle apologized to La Salle followers as they settled for bronze after reaching their first Closing 4 after 5 years.

“We’re so sorry we fell short. We’ll take this and bounce again subsequent season,” he stated.

The transferee guard will lead the Inexperienced Archers, who will now not have seniors Justine Baltazar and Kurt Lojera in Season 85 tentatively set September this yr.

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