Judson pulls away from Rattlers

Photo by Gerald Castillo

San Marcos Boys Basketball

San Marcos found itself in an early hole Tuesday when Converse Judson visited the Snake Pit for a non-district matchup.

The Rattlers fell behind 8-0 before head coach Thomas Acker called a timeout to gather his team’s composure. San Marcos answered the challenge and battled with a well-disciplined Rocket team but came up short. With four non-district games remaining, the Rattlers are 6-9 overall after the 89-68 loss.

The toughest challenge Judson presented was the full court trap-defense it was in for most of the night. It wasn’t until the second quarter that the Rattlers started to break down the press and gain momentum behind senior Sam DeLeon’s offensive production.

“It’s great for him and for us to see the ball go in because he’s been up and down a little bit with the 3-point shot,” Acker said. “I also thought he did a good job of attacking. For us, he needs to be a combo guy. He needs to be able to get to the free throw line a little bit more. But it was good for us and for him to knock down those shots”

DeLeon and junior guard Pablo Rios came alive behind the arc, while senior posts Josh Wilder and Cameryon Muldrow established themselves in the paint. The Rattlers started to spread the floor with the pass and forced Judson into some foul trouble that led to good looks as the game progressed.

San Marcos got within three points of the lead before the Rockets started to retake the momentum early in the final quarter. Turnovers started to add up down the stretch and proved too much for the Rattlers to recover from.

“Our kids gave great effort,” Acker said. “They absolutely battled. They did a pretty good job with the game plan. Obviously that pressure affected us. More so than the pressure, I think it was toughness plays on the glass. Too many live turnovers.”

Despite the loss, Acker hopes it can be an advantageous learning experience with district play only a month away. The defensive pressure Judson presented was the most the Rattlers have seen this season. Tuesday's game will serve as an opportunity for San Marcos to improve their poise and decision making under pressure with plenty of basketball remaining in the year.

“You hope (the team) will take the lessons from these types of games then apply them in practice and then the next game,” Acker said. “We have to get tougher based on what I talked about. We have to get tougher on the glass and then we have to take care of the ball. But we hope to build on it. We’ve got room to grow and they come to practice with the right attitude.”

San Marcos will now go on the road to visit Smithson Valley. Friday's game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

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