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MISSION – You never know how a team will respond after a tough loss. Some will recommit while others will give in. For David Keith's Sharyland, they recommitted in a big way after dropping Tuesday's matchup with Memorial. Last night the Rattler's took out their anger by smashing the Mission Eagles 73-37 in a home win that puts the team at 3-2 in district.
“They have been pretty angry,” said Keith of his team after the game. “The lesson learned from Tuesday was a hard one.”
For all those in attendance, it was obvious Shary was not going to overlook the winless in district Eagles. Senior Matthew Ramirez proved that when he opened the game with a three and then followed it up with a nice jump shot. The five straight points were the first of twenty straight for the home team. The Eagles wouldn't get on the board until around the two minute mark. They ended the quarter down 24-4.
The second quarter wouldn't be much prettier, though a bit more even on the scoreboard. The Rattlers would only outscore the Eagles 13-9 as Eagle guard Peter Arizpe would get going. However, it was obvious that Shary was determined to not let down and stay focus.
After the loss to Memorial, Keith said several of the players took blame for letting the Bobcats come back and steal a win. As a result, the coach pressed the team to “gear more towards finishing games.”
While Friday's game was over by the end of the first, the way the team came out of half time showed the Rattlers were not going to allow Mission to have any feel good moments.
Starting with Fermand Martinez hitting a nothing-but-net three-pointer to start it off for Sharyland, the Rattlers would go on to outscore their opponent an astounding 21-0 in the third quarter. The remarkable effort came with Keith intermixing his normal starters with some of the scrubs.
Sharyland will travel to La Joya on Tuesday to take on the Coyotes while Mission will welcome in Rowe.
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