Despite everything, like a 1-5 district record and a disappointing loss Tuesday night, the San Marcos High School boys basketball team remains in contention for a playoff spot.
The Rattlers fell, 74-71, on their own floor Tuesday night to Smithson Valley in a game that decided which team would take the driver’s seat for the district’s fourth and final playoff berth.
With the win, Smithson Valley improved to 2-4 in District 25-5A and 17-11 overall, while the Rattlers fell to 1-5 and 15-10.
The district, which figured to be a touch scrum one through five, has separated itself into two distinct sets of teams with four games remaining in the regular season.
The top half is Converse Judson, New Braunfels Canyon and San Antonio Wagner. Judson is 6-0 in the district and 27-1 overall, easily the district’s leading team. Wagner is 4-2 and 19-7, with both district losses coming against Judson. Canyon is 4-2 and 21-6, with district losses to Judson and Wagner and a game remaining against each of those teams.
The bottom half is Smithson Valley, San Marcos and New Braunfels, only one of which will survive to the playoffs.
After they play their final road game of the year Friday at New Braunfels, the Rattlers will have a chance for a heroic stand as they play their final three regular season games at home against Judson, Wagner and Canyon.
Josh Coleman led the Rattlers with 27 points against Smithson Valley, followed by Jarrett Henderson with 15 and Isaiah Brown with 13. Smithson Valley had control throughout the game and took a comfortable 49-40 lead to the fourth quarter before the Rattlers rallied to make it close. A.C. Reid led Smithson Valley with 15 points.
The Rattlers lost a huge game last Friday night at Canyon, 55-52. Coleman put up 19 points for the Rattlers, but Levi Hidalgo for Canyon led all scorers with 22 points.
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