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MISSION – Simply put this is the biggest game in quite some time for Sharyland Basketball. The Warriors and Rattlers and currently tied for first in District 30-5A and tonight’s matchup will finally give the district one true leader.

Rowe took down Shary in the district opener, 57-54. The Rattlers have not lost since then and are easily playing their best basketball of the season. The Warriors’ only loss came on a Friday the 13th against rival Memorial. However, Rowe responded well by annihilating La Joya last Friday, 80-41.

Because of Rowe’s victory of Shary in the district opener, a win tonight will go a long way for the Warriors. The biggest advantage is it will give the district’s defending champs the tiebreaker over Shary if the two teams again find themselves crowding around the top spot.

The game promises to be an exciting one as both teams are playing at the top of their games and have undoubtedly improved since their last meeting. For the Rattlers, the team has become more cohesive. Led by freshman point guard Jesse Pistokache and his brother Quino, Shary presents opponents with a tough-as-nails defense with an offense capable of scoring behind Jesse’s leadership.

Of course perhaps the biggest advantage for Sharyland is that the game will be in their own gym. Two weeks ago the Rattlers welcomed Memorial to their gym with their largest home crowd in quite some while. On top of that, the Shayland student body led the home crowd into an organized cheering stunt called “Silent Night.” The stunt was to have not cheering until the home team scored their tenth point and then at that point erupt. Though it took the Rattlers well into the second quarter to reach ten points, the eruption by Rattler fans was enormous. It remains to be seen if or what the plan is for tonight.

In any case, the game itself should provide plenty of entertainment for fans from both sides.

Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Other Games-Boys

Mission at Palmview: This is round two between the two schools and the likelihood is it will turn out like the first meeting when the Lobos beat the Eagles easily.

Donna at La Joya: After suffering a large margin defeat at the hands of Nikki Rowe, a date with winless Donna is more than welcoming for the Coyotes.

Edcouch-Elsa at Juarez-Lincoln: The Huskies suffered a tough defeat at the hands of a resurging Patriot squad last Friday. However, the Huskies are still fourth in District 30-5A but need to beat teams like the Yellow Jackets to ensure themselves as frontrunners for a playoff spot.

Veterans Memorial at Mercedes: Like Juarez, Vets needs to win the easy ones. However, despite Mercedes only having three wins, Vets struggled against the Tigers in their first game, winning in overtime.

Other Games-Girls

Nikki Rowe at Sharyland: Like their male counterparts, the Lady Rattlers have a lot riding on tonight’s game. A win will move them into a tie for first with the Lady Warriors. A loss will give Rowe the tiebreaker as well as put Shary three games behind.

Donna at La Joya: From here on out the Lady Coyotes minimum goal is to keep Mission below them. In order to do that they must beat the district’s pushovers. Donna may be no pushover since the Lady Redskins have give La Joya plenty of trouble in the past.

Edcouch-Elsa at Juarez-Lincoln: The Lady Huskies chances of a second straight postseason appearance is nearly out the door but they can still play for pride.

Veterans Memorial at Mercedes: Despite their hot playing in the month of January, the Lady Patriots are only one game ahead of third-place Roma.

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