HS Basketball: Playoff games set for SM, Hays

San Marcos senior Zack Miles attacks the hoop. Miles and the Rattlers ended the regular season with a win over Canyon (Photo by Gerald Castillo).

San Marcos and Hays both learned their playoff fates Wednesday afternoon.

To start, the Rattlers already clinched a spot in the Class 5A playoffs. San Marcos finished third in District 25-5A, behind Converse-Judson and San Antonio-Wagner.

In Tuesday’s regular-season finale, the Rattlers survived a sloppy game to hand New Braunfels-Canyon its 10th district loss of the season, 54-48. Only junior Isaiah Brown scored in double figures for San Marcos, but two seniors (Michael Hicks and Zack Miles) were right there.

“My main goal was to win the game and finish on a winning note,” Rattler head coach David Norris said. “We wanted to go into the playoffs with some momentum.”

San Marcos will need as much momentum as possible when it faces San Antonio-Reagan in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Game time has been set for 7:30 p.m. Monday night inside Judson’s gym.

Reagan is 24-5 and finished second in District 26-5A.

While SMHS is already in the playoffs, the Rebels must win a play-in game Friday night over Boerne-Champion to earn its second consecutive postseason berth. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Schertz-Clemens.

Hays split the season series with the Chargers, as each team won in the other's gym. Champion owns the most-recent win, a 47-37 triumph on the Rebels’ home court.

“We’re excited for it,” Hays senior guard Steven Jass said after his team’s 66-61 triple-overtime win Tuesday night over Kerville-Tivy. “They’re a tough team, but we know there won’t be any easy games in the playoffs.”

Wimberley faces Bandera in a District 27-3A play-in game inside New Braunfels' gym at 7:30 p.m.