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February 15th, 2011
SMA to begin basketball playoffs Tuesday at home


The San Marcos Academy (SMA) boys basketball team, ranked second among Texas private schools by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC), will begin the playoffs Tuesday night at home against St. Dominic Savio of Austin (7 p.m.).

The Bears are 25-2 overall after a 14-0 championship performance in their district. The Bears finished their regular season with an 18-game winning streak.

A year ago, SMA finished 15-10 overall and 5-10 in the district, barely missing the playoffs.

Currie Pipkins leads the Bears with game averages of 17 points and 13 rebounds. John Nealon averages 12 points, three assists and four rebounds per game. The emergence of sophomore point guard Ty Merriweather has quickened the SMA offense down the stretch.

“We have a great starting lineup, but in order to truly achieve our goals, we not only need the senior leadership that we have had all season, but also we need strong minutes from our reserves, who are just as important a part of the team,” SMA head coach Kelia Price said. “We all have the same goals in common, and have been working hard toward those goals the entire year. I think that we are stronger than ever as a team not only on the court, but off the court, which has made this season so special. We are one big family.”

St. Dominic is 10-11 overall, losing three straight to end its regular season.

A win would keep the Bears at home for round later this week against in the second round of the playoffs against Tuesday’s winner between Tomball-Rosehill and Pasadena First Christian.

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