MANILA, Philippines — Evan Nelle rued his missed potential game-tying basket and La Salle’s 14-point collapse within the fourth quarter because the Green Archers failed to succeed in the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball Finals.
“Like Deschon (Winston) said, 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 Final Four sport on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.
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 factors to beat UP final Wednesday, struggled within the sport that mattered most, capturing 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 Green Archers solely scored two area targets within the last seven minutes.
“Not enough. The season, it was rocky. We were good on defense but offense, we were never consistent,” Nelle stated. “That’s why we had a lot of close games. We know we had them, we should’ve won this game. We have so much to learn.”
Nelle apologized to La Salle followers as they settled for bronze after reaching their first Final Four after 5 years.
“We’re so sorry we fell short. We’ll take this and bounce back next season,” he stated.
The transferee guard will lead the Green Archers, who will not have seniors Justine Baltazar and Kurt Lojera in Season 85 tentatively set September this 12 months.
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