Rattler playoff hopes on slippery ground after OT loss to Bowie

22 points from senior center Derek Boston (33) weren’t enough to push San Marcos over the edge in overtime against Bowie. Photo by Gerald Castillo

High School Boys Basketball

Maintaining control of its own destiny is getting harder for San Marcos. 

The Rattlers, who entered Tuesday’s game against Austin Bowie clinging to fourth place in District 14-6A, lost to the Bulldogs, 62-57, in overtime and fell into a tie for the final playoff spot with Manor. 

San Marcos (16-14, 3-5 14-6A) looked poised to pick up a much-needed win over Bowie (22-6, 7-1) after a strong first half where it entered the half with a 27-21 lead. But the Bulldogs rallied, forced overtime and left the Rattlers reeling. 

“It’s definitely tough, especially like when you look down the stretch in the first half of the game and I miss a couple of easy shots and other people miss some easy shots,” senior center Derek Boston said. “It’s kind of tough knowing that those shots can impact the game. We might’ve won if we had made those shots.”

San Marcos made it a point to go inside to Boston in the first quarter. The senior center scored eight points in the opening frame and a balanced scoring effort from his teammates helped the Rattlers take a 19-10 advantage into the second quarter. 

San Marcos’ offense stalled in the second quarter and Bowie cut the Rattler lead down to 27-21. The Bulldogs outscored the Rattlers, 13-9, in the third quarter, which head coach David Norris credits to San Marcos’ lack of energy. 

“Coming out of the locker room, we started the third quarter with turnover after turnover and poor defense, and you can’t win that way,” Norris said. “It gave them life. That team was looking for life.”

Bowie grabbed the lead at 38-37 and expanded it to 48-43 midway through the fourth quarter. But San Marcos rallied to tie the contest at 48-48 behind five points from senior guard Sean Price. The Rattlers had an opportunity to end the game in regulation, but they saw two shots fall short. 

The Bulldogs pulled away in overtime thanks to eight points by senior guard Justin Ng to hand San Marcos its third overtime loss in district play. 

“We did enough to put ourselves in that situation – momentum switches, loose balls, we didn’t’ get them,” Norris said. “They just out-hustled us. They outplayed us tonight. Other than the first quarter, they outplayed us.”

Norris added that San Marcos got away from fundamentals during Tuesday’s game, which led to the disappointing finish. 

“We tried to play off instinct and you can’t do that in high school ball,” Norris said. “You got to stick to our process. Stick to our fundamentals – just fundamental defensive things that we usually do. We just had some breakdowns at the wrong time that fed into runs then you come back on the other end and poor offense because you’re not executing plays the way we do, or rushing the shot. 

“They’re trying. They want to win but they’re rushing things on offense and then on defense they’re losing their focus.”

San Marcos believes it holds its own destiny with two games remaining in district competition, but tension is building on the Rattlers to secure a playoff spot. 

“There is pressure but at the same time you have to take it one game at a time because you can only go as far as the next game,” said Boston, who finished with a game-high 22 points. “So, you got to keep playing and play hard. For me, as a senior, I’m going to keep playing hard because it’s my last two games that are guaranteed and I’m pushing for a third.”

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