March 6, 2010
Nelson's 29 points leads Sheldon to D-I section boys title

By Bill Paterson

The wide smile on the face of Darius Nelson told the whole story.

The Sheldon High School junior did tonight what his more celebrated older brother, DeMarcus, couldn't do - lead his team to a Sac-Joaquin Section championship.

The 6-foot-6 forward scored 29 points in leading sixth-seeded Sheldon to a 78-72 win over top-seeded Franklin of Elk Grove in the Division I boys final.

DeMarcus Nelson, California's all-time scoring leader, had to settle for a runner-up finish in the 2004 D-I final when the Huskies were upset 63-61 by Kennedy at Arco.

Freshman D'Erryl Williams added 18 points and seven rebounds and 6-8 junior Ramon Eaton 13 points and 13 rebounds for Sheldon.

Anthony King led Franklin with 20 points while Chuk Iroegbu had 18 points and 12 rebounds, freshman Ikenna Iroegbu 14 points and Michael Rosaroso 12 points.

The two teams will advance to the expanded California Interscholastic Federation Northern California regional playoffs that will start on Tuesday at home sites.

Seedings will be announced Sunday.

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