MANILA, Philippines: Evan Nelle may have given a clutch three-pointer that saved La Salle from Adamson’s broken ax, but he was not satisfied with his game.
Despite his heroism, Nellie noted the need to improve his playmaking, including taking care of the ball in the second round of the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Nelson’s crucial triple helped Adamson, 61-58, escape La Salle to finish in the first-round winning note at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.
“I think I’ve adjusted already, but I don’t think it’s a good game because I had three turnovers in statistics and one support. I think I lost to Jerome Lastimosa, so I don’t think it’s a good game, “said Nellie, who had 12 points on four triples with three rebounds and two steels.
“I just made a big shot, so it looks like a good game,” he added.
The point guard, transferring from San Beda, averaged 7.8 points in his first six UAAP games, shooting 23% from 25 minutes deep, 1.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals.
The 5-foot-10 guard admits he could still be better at running the Green Archers offense.
“Honestly, I’m playing badly. I think I’m putting too much pressure on myself, thinking too much. Whatever the coach says, I should let the game come to me. I shouldn’t insist, my teammates should be involved, “he said. “The last few games, I mean the whole first round, I don’t think I’ve reached five assists.”
Fortunately, despite Nell’s fight, La Salle won five of his first seven games for third place in the first round.
Nellie San Bedar was a key part of the NCAA Season 95 campaign where she stole 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.4 in 31.5 minutes before moving to La Salle in 2020.
Entering the second round, Nellie promised to fix his mistakes and do better to get his great game back and involve his teammates.
“It simply came to our notice then. I have to commit more crimes, and I have to reduce my turnover, ”he said.
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