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February 3rd, 2010
Rattlers close in on playoffs with win against Lockhart

STAFF REPORT

Dusting off an easy 71-41 win against Lockhart at the Snake Pit Tuesday night, the San Marcos High School boys basketball team appears to hold a firm grip on a playoff spot.

The win moved the Rattlers up to 6-3 in District 17-4A and 16-13 overall. Since the Rattlers stubbed their toes last Tuesday night with a 78-74 overtime loss at home against Elgin, they have won two straight games. Meanwhile, Elgin and Lehman haven’t won since then, meaning the Rattlers are in third place at 6-3, while Lehman and Elgin are both next at 3-5.

A San Marcos win Friday night at Lehman would clinch a playoff spot for the Rattlers, who could then finish no worse than fourth place in the district. The top four teams in the seven-team district go to the playoffs. Del Valle (9-0) and Manor (8-1) lead the district.

San Marcos head coach Rob Shivers said the Rattlers are striving to improve their defensive pressure and continue honing the inside-out aspects of their offensive game. Colin Hart, Chris Threadgill and Hunter Burtschell all shoot around 40 percent from three-point range. The emergence of Currie Pipkins to replace injured D.J. Gardner under the basket is expected to balance the attack.

“We play it inside-out,” Shivers said, meaning the team likes to take the outside jumper off a pass from near the basket. “When you have to do it in reverse, that’s an adjustment … The ability to shoot the outside shot gives you the space to drive.”

The Rattlers locked down defensively against Lockhart, which is 0-9 in the district. After halftime, the Lions scored only 15 points. San Marcos scored 20 points in the third quarter after they it led, 41-26, at halftime.

Colin Hart led the Rattlers with 18 points, followed by Currie Pipkins with 14. Chris Threadgill and Dylan Garcia each scored 11 points for San Marcos.

Lucas Washburn paced Lockhart with nine points.

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