Rattlers move into first place in district with win over Austin Bowie

Photo by Gerald Castillo

San Marcos Boys Basketball

Senior Sam DeLeon had a step on a Bowie defender amid a fastbreak when he gathered, elevated and put down the one-hand slam.

The ‘Snake Pit’ erupted. San Marcos’ late-game lead over the Bulldogs was up to four points and momentum completely swung in favor of the Rattlers on Friday night.

“We don’t just hear all of (the crowd noise),” DeLeon said. “That's all support, that’s all love. We actually feel that. We feel that on the court. When everything is going good and we have the momentum it just pushes us to have more attention to detail. To be honest, it makes us play a whole lot better.”

DeLeon and senior Cameryon Muldrow paced the San Marcos offense with a team-high 13 points a piece en route to the 52-40 win over Austin Bowie. DeLeon gave the Rattlers momentum late, but Muldrow set the tone early. The senior started the game 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.

The 12-point win says different, but the Bulldogs battled back-and-forth all night with the Rattlers. Senior forward Dylan Bell and junior guard Carson Donahue kept Bowie in the game with their production from the 3-point line. But senior post Josh Wilder and the defense controlled the paint with rebounds when the shots stopped falling for the Bulldogs.

Head coach Thomas Acker praised his group for continuing to establish themselves as one of the toughest groups in the district following Friday night’s win.

“I think that’s who we’ve grown to be you know,” Acker said. “We’ve been preaching toughness. It’s one of our core values. I give the kids a lot of credit. That road win at Anderson was really tough and they were really gritty in there. And to beat a Bowie team, you better be tough and you better be gritty because they’re like a machine.”

San Marcos' toughness  has earned it a 3-0 district record and a first-place spot atop District 14-6A. The encouraging part is how the team is hitting its stride late in the season and playing together. Acker mentioned that he couldn’t tell who was the leading scorer because he’s getting production from everywhere, including his bench.

The intensity on defense is forcing opponents into tough looks, while the offensive chemistry is providing high-percentage looks for everyone on the court.

“We’re totally connected,” DeLeon said. “Everybody is playing for each other. We’re playing for that jersey on our bench, the number zero. Everyone wrote (on it) what they’re playing for and everyone is playing for each other. We got eight or nine seniors on this team. Everybody’s playing well, everybody’s playing hard. That’s the main part, everyone is giving their all."

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