San Marcos struggles on road against Del Valle

Photo by Nick Castillo

San Marcos Boys Basketball

San Marcos gathered its stuff and made its way to the locker room on Tuesday night with its postseason hopes up in the air.

The Rattlers were forced to watch Del Valle celebrate its second straight District 14-6A championship as they exited the gym following a tough 78-38 loss on the road. It wasn’t an ideal way to close the season, but first-year head coach Thomas Acker hopes he and his young guys can learn from the experience.

“That type of reaction to a district championship, they didn’t want to see that certainly after a loss but at least they’ve gotten to see up close what that looks like.” Acker said. “On both ends. They can’t feel the win but they saw the energy it brought. I hope that with the experience it would bring leadership”.

After a rough first half, San Marcos showed some life on the offensive end when shots started to fall from beyond the arc. Seniors Josh Wilder and Cameryon Muldrow started to have success in the paint and find themselves at the line. Wilder and Muldrow had a team-high 10 points a piece, while senior forward Sam DeLeon contributed 8 points of his own.

The Rattlers 20-point quarter was encouraging but there was too much ground to make up from the first-half woes. Del Valle continued to penetrate the lane, hit shots from outside the arc and control the boards.

“We just didn’t make shots and we didn’t necessarily get good looks,” Acker said. “They were really good on defense. We had some guys trying to be aggressive and get to the free throw line in (the first half) but that didn’t work either.”

The loss was the sixth-straight district loss of the season. But the hot 4-0 start gave San Marcos the breathing room it needed to squeeze its way into the playoffs as the No. 4-seed. The Rattlers will meet up with Pflugerville Hendrickson in the Bi-District round of the UIL 6A playoffs.

Hendrickson is 20-14 overall, 9-3 in District 13-6A. The date, time and location of San Marcos' matchup against the Hawks  hasn't been determined.

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