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High School Boys Basketball: Anderson holds home court against Rattlers
Daily Record Sports
AUSTIN — San Marcos began Friday’s matchup against Austin Anderson on a furious 18-2 run.
Then the Rattlers received foul upon foul, the game slowed down and the Trojans outscored San Marcos, 63-38, in the next three quarter to win the game, 65-56.
“We started off hot, real well in the first quarter,” head coach David Norris said. “The amount of fouls they called in the second quarter, I mean, they shot 12 free throws and made 11-of-12 in the second quarter so that took the momentum away from us and gave it to them … I just felt like we were fouling but it’s tough when you see the same thing and you don’t see it called on the other end.”
San Marcos (16-13, 3-4 14-6A) began its strong start against Austin Anderson (12-16, 4-3) with a 3-pointer from senior guard Sean Price then the Rattlers received back-to-back buckets by seniors Luis Hernandez and Micah Williamson.
Anderson answered the 7-0 Rattler start with its lone bucket of the opening quarter by junior guard Logan McCormick. San Marcos closed the quarter out on an 11-0 run to take an 18-2 lead into the second period.
But the Rattlers’ momentum came to halt as they got into foul trouble. Anderson went to the line twice in the opening minutes of the second quarter to cut San Marcos’ lead to 18-6. The Rattlers looked poised to take a 26-24 lead into the half but a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Anderson’s Zach Dull gave the Trojans a 27-26 lead at the half.
Despite the late-half 3-pointer, Norris said the Rattlers’ foul trouble allowed Anderson to outscore them 25-8 in the second quarter.
“(Anderson’s free throw shooting) broke our rhythm and then I had some kids, some key guys, on the bench because of foul trouble,” Norris said. “That first five was really gelling good. They were executing plays. When those guys got in foul trouble I had to sit Luis (Hernandez) the whole second quarter. I had to sit (Derek) Boston out. I took Elias (Vasquez) out of the game a little. It hurt us not having three starters out there in that second quarter for a long time.”
The Trojans continued to pounce the Rattlers throughout the third quarter and outscored San Marcos, 19-8, to take a 46-34 lead at the end of the frame.
“We missed some layups in that quarter, the third quarter, that kind of got us behind the eight ball,” Norris said. “We couldn’t regain the momentum after that.”
San Marcos managed to cut Anderson’s lead down to 57-49 midway through the fourth quarter but the Rattlers couldn’t get any closer and the Trojans claimed their fourth straight District 14-6A win.
Anderson shot 25-of-29 from the free throw line in Friday’s contest compared to San Marcos’ 7-of-10. Trojan forward Eric Conner led Anderson’s scoring effort with 21 points, while Price led the Rattlers with 21 points.
San Marcos returns to the ‘Snake Pit’ for a three-game homestand to close out the regular season beginning with Austin Bowie at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.