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Rattlers Lose in a Nailbiter Against Cavaliers

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By Jaysen Collins
Sports Reporter

The San Marcos High School boy’s basketball team (22-6 overall, 5-1 26-6A) lost a close one Tuesday night against the Lake Travis Cavaliers (19-6 overall, 4-1 26-6A) by a final score of 63-59.

Lake Travis started the game clicking on all cylinders as they came out with an 8-2 run within the first two minutes. Coming out of a timeout, Junior forward Malik Pressley scored the next two baskets for the Rattlers, bringing San Marcos within one with a score of 8-7.

A player for the San Marcos Rattlers basketball team is shooting for a shot at the basketball goal while a player for the Lake Travis Cavaliers stands below him on the court. The court is beige with a purple stripe that reads "San Marcos". In the background, the crowd cheers from the purple bleachers.
Point Guard Kaden Gumbs finishes at the rim for the layup. Photo by Rattlers Athletics

However, that is as close as the Rattlers would get to winning this game. Every time the Rattlers would claw back into the game, Lake Travis would hit a big three or a couple of easy baskets that would derail all momentum for the Rattlers.

The zone defense of Lake Travis gave the Rattlers fits; they couldn’t catch a rhythm offensively. Furthermore, the Cavalier’s ball movement allowed them to find open shots and not force anything. If they didn’t have a good shot, they continued to run their offense and wait for a defensive lapse from the rattlers.

Lake Travis concluded the third quarter on a 6-0 run, putting them up 47-38 going into the fourth quarter. However, San Marcos clamped down and started to run a press defense on Lake Travis towards the end of the game. Lake Travis couldn’t handle the full-court press, leading to forced turnovers and bad shot choices. San Marcos began chipping away at the lead by capitalizing on Lake Travis’ late-game errors.

Unfortunately for Rattlers fans, San Marcos’ efforts came a little too late as Lake Travis closed the game by making late-game free throws. Again, the final score was 63-59, Lake Travis.

San Marcos will be on the road on Jan. 21 at 8:00 p.m. for a big one against Austin Westlake. The pair met in a tournament earlier in the season; Westlake won 79-47. Friday night will be a chance for San Marcos to bounce back and compete for first place in the district standings.

Featured Image by Khalid Alhareth

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