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January 12th, 2010
Rattlers go to OT for fifth straight win

011210rattlersSan Marcos High School boys basketball coach Rob Shivers, in suit, huddles with his players during a time out near the end of the fourth period Tuesday night. The Rattlers defeated Lehman, 56-48, in overtime. Photo by Andy Sevilla.

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The San Marcos High School boys basketball team ended up having to earn its fifth straight win twice Tuesday night, but ultimately finished the job with a 56-48 overtime win against Lehman in the Snake Pit.

The Rattlers had to regain their composure after Lehman, trailing 38-21 through three quarters, battled back to a 42-42 tie at the final regulation time buzzer.

But San Marcos prevailed in the extra period, due largely to two good trips down the floor in the final two minutes. A three-point goal by Chris Threadgill with 1:49 left in overtime put the Rattlers into a 48-46 lead before Threadgill fed Alex Austin under the basket to increase the Rattlers’ advantage to 51-48.

Four free throws by Josh Brown and two more by Hunter Burtschell in the final minute enabled the Rattlers to win going away.

San Marcos head coach Rob Shivers said center D.J. Gardner was unavailable Tuesday night, forcing the Rattlers away from their general plan of feeding their post and into a dribble drive game more characteristic of last year’s team.

“We played well enough for a long enough stretch to give ourselves a chance,” Shivers said. ” … Going ahead and winning that game in overtime really says a lot.”

Especially after Lehman freshman point guard D’Andre Carson scored seven points during the Lobos’ 21-4 fourth quarter, which ended when the Lobos’ Anthony Bradshaw missed from the wing and Jonathan Garrion tipped in the follow as time expired. Neither team was happy with the call. San Marcos officials complained that Garrion shot too late, whileLehman head coach Thomas  Acker said he believed Garrion was fouled and should have received a free-throw attempt that could have won the game.

The win kept the Rattlers unbeaten in District 17-4A at 4-0, tied with Manor. Del Valle is a half-game back at 3-0. The Rattlers, 12-10 overall play their next two games against Manor and Del Valle.

Lehman is in a tough-luck position after Tuesday night’s overtime loss and a 45-39 loss last week at Manor. The Lobos are 5-15 overall and 1-2 in the district, but those two league losses on the road against league leaders indicate the Lobos might not be that far behind.
Acker said his team finally had its pieces together Tuesday night. It remains to be seen if those pieces can gel into a playoff team.

“I love my team,” Acker said. “We just have to work on some things.”

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