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High School Boys Basketball: Rattlers keeping championship mindset

NICK CASTILLO
Daily Record Sports

San Marcos’ mantra is ‘to be champions, you have to practice like champions.’

So, on Monday following a surprising district-opening loss to Manor, San Marcos head coach David Norris sent his Rattlers packing after a lackluster start to practice. 

“I think we just came out a little sloppy,” senior Micah Williamson said. “We weren’t really going full speed. Monday, we had off. We didn’t have school. So, we were out of it. We didn’t feel like going hard and then (Norris) called it off early.”

San Marcos bounced back Tuesday with a strong practice and walkthrough, which aided the team to a 69-45 rout over Austin Anderson. 

“They responded, that’s the sign of a champion,” Norris said. “You’re going to have ups and downs but you come back the next day and they were all tuned in and focused. We went over our game plan and they were able to execute it. So, I think the senior leadership is what comes out in times like this and they just got to stay focused.”

San Marcos (14-10, 1-1 14-6A) will need a string of good practices as it heads into tonight’s road matchup with Austin Bowie (15-6, 2-0), who sits tied a top the district standings with Del Valle.  

Senior guard Luis Hernandez said the Rattlers need to forget about the win over Anderson and focus all of their attention on the Bulldogs. 

“Now that (the Anderson) game is over with, we’ve got to prepare for the next one,” Hernandez said. “(The Anderson game) doesn’t matter anymore. Now, it’s time to go into the next one.”

Norris said he let his team celebrate Tuesday’s victory, but now they have to work to get their second district win and put themselves in contention for the district crown. 

“We’ve got to have some good practices and it starts there,” Norris said. “We just got to take it one game at a time. We’ve got a senior group so they know they’ve got to come to work.”

Friday’s game against Bowie begins a three-game stretch away from San Marcos. The Rattlers face Austin Akins on Jan. 24 and travel to Del Valle on Jan. 27. San Marcos knows it needs to stay focused on itself when playing in an opponent’s arena, after falling in Manor last Friday. 

“We can’t let them get in our head and affect our game plan,” Williamson said. “We’ve got to block them out.”

Much like practicing like a champion, the Rattlers will need to win on the road if they want to keep their district title aspirations alive. 

“Instead of playing like we’re away, we got to play just like we’re at home,” Hernandez said. “We got to ignore the fans and the student section and keep our heads straight.”

San Marcos Girls’ Basketball: The Lady Rattlers take on Austin Bowie inside the Snake Pit at 7 p.m. San Marcos is in search of its first district win.

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