San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

January 28th, 2010
Rattlers slip, now face playoff race

STAFF REPORT

After an upset loss at home Tuesday night, the San Marcos High School boys basketball team suddenly finds itself in a playoff race.

A 78-74 overtime loss to Elgin at the Snake Pit dropped the Rattlers to 4-3 in District 17-4A (14-13 overall), still in third place, but barely ahead of Elgin and Lehman, which are each 3-4. The Lobos beat Lockhart, 58-48.

Combine those results with Manor’s 55-48 win against Hays and the district boils down to one close race at the top and another close race in the middle. At the top are Del Valle (6-0) and Manor (6-1). In the middle are the three teams hunting for the district’s last two playoff spots. Hays now is in sixth place at 2-6, needing a rally to content for the playoffs. Lockhart hangs on the bottom at 0-7

The Rattlers put themselves into a deep hole Tuesday, trailing 28-14 after the first quarter. They fought back to within 49-45 after three quarters and tied the game at 68-68 at the end of regulation time.

However, errors on offense, both in the fourth quarter and in overtime, eventually stopped the Rattlers.

Alex Austin led the Rattlers with 22 points, followed by 15 each for Colin Hart and Chris Threadgill. Tyler Benson led Elgin with 22 points.

The Rattlers will play Friday night at Hays.

The San Marcos High School girls basketball team is in deep trouble in its search for the playoffs after a 43-37 loss at Elgin Tuesday. With three games remaining in their regular season, the Rattlers need to jump two teams and pick up two games on fourth-place Manor if they are to make the playoffs.

Hays, which took a 42-33 win against Manor, leads the district at 9-0, followed by Del Valle at 7-1. Elgin is third at 5-4, followed by Manor (4-5), Lehman (3-6), the Rattlers (2-6) and Lockhart.

Lehman enhanced its playoff possibilities with a 72-69 overtime win against Lockhart.

San Marcos will play Hays Friday night in the Snake Pit.

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