EVAN Nelle suffered a heartbreaker at the end of a stellar high school career in the NCAA as the San Beda Red Cubs bowed out of Season 93 after a loss to La Salle Greenhills in an epic semifinal clash.
Nelle was left in tears in the closing seconds of his farewell match as the top-seeded Red Cubs succumbed to the fourth-ranked Greenies in triple overtime, 110-108, to miss the championship series for the first time since 2008.
Nelle had a successful NCAA high school career that saw him win the Finals MVP in 2015, but the loss at the end of his Red Cubs stint stings.
"Kahit maganda ang high school career ko, pero hindi ka nanalo, for me it's not enough. I really wanted to win. Talagang 'yun ang gusto kong gawin at ng team," said Nelle.
The 5-foot-10 guard said it was painful to suffer the loss, especially since they promised to themselves that they were going to do whatever they can to reach the finals against Mapua.
"Sobrang sakit kasi parang we did our all today. From the players to the coaches, binigay namin lahat. Parang in the end, hindi namin nakuha 'yung resulta. Sobrang down talaga kami. Kahit pinakita namin na gusto namin (manalo), wala eh, talo. Maybe they (LSGH) wanted it more than us," said Nelle.
The 19-year-old guard had an impressive all-around game as he finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists, playing through cramps in the extra periods.
"Ayokong pansinin. I really wanted to play kasi I promised myself na hindi kami matatalo. Nag-promise kami sa isa't isa na nung natalo kami ng Game 1, hindi kami bibigay. Sobrang sama sa pakiramdam. Pinilit ko talaga sarili ko pati mga teammates ko. Props to my teammates talaga. Parang alam na alam namin na hindi kami bibigay," said Nelle.
Following the end of his high school career, Nelle was thankful to San Beda particularly his coaches led by head tactician JB Sison.
"Props to coach JB, my coaches, sobrang thankful ako sa kanila. They made me who I am. Sobrang lungkot lang, hindi ko alam sasabihin ko," Nelle said.
"Walang superstar sa amin. Lahat kami, team effort. 'Yun ang sinasabi sa amin ni coach JB. Team effort, walang superstar," he added.