After a good first half, the Javelinas’ men’s basketball team found themselves edged by the St. Mary Rattlers 52-51 on Dec. 7.
The Javelinas now fall to an overall record of 3-7 in their first 10 games of the season.
Though the Javelinas led going into halftime, the Rattlers kicked off the second half with a 20-4 run to put themselves ahead 41-34. The Javelinas would chip away at the deficit, however.
“I’m proud of our team because we could have folded right then but we didn’t,” said Javelina Head Coach Pete Peterson.
The Hogs would find themselves trailing by just a point with less than 30 seconds in the game. Javelina guard Rashad Basey had the last look, but came up short in the final seconds.
“I thought we were going to win it,” Peterson said. “We put it in the hands of our best player, he missed the shot.”
The first half was a different story for the Hogs, as they scored 14 points off Rattler turnovers, which amounted to nine by halftime. Peterson said his team’s defensive intensity is a step in the right direction.
“We’re doing better,” he said. “We’re playing better defense, we’re rebounding better. We’ve improved over the last couple of weeks and that’s what we need to do.”
Peterson told his team not to underestimate the Rattlers in the second half.
“Everybody we play is good. This is a top 30 team,” Peterson said. “They’re going to come out and be aggressive.”
Though Peterson said their record is not where he’d like it to be, his team has been getting better.
“My thing is about getting better,” he said. “We’ve got to keep chipping away at getting stops, chipping away on the boards, chipping away on certain things. We’re going to get better.”
The Javelinas take the court again on Dec. 14, when they will be on the road to face Schreiner University.