Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Boisterous crowd inspires rally as St. Mark’s comes back to take 20th win
Backdrop: The St. Mark’s student fan base spilled out of the bleachers. Some wore stormtrooper costumes, others white-on-white spandex; many had shirts with the message, “Too Strong.” And when the game ended, they all rushed the court.
St. Mark’s trailed Episcopal School of Dallas nearly the entire night Friday until putting the game away with a fourth-quarter run, winning 63-52.
“Everybody stepped up,” coach Greg Guiler said. “A total team effort.”
Friday’s game provided a twist to a captivating rivalry. St. Mark’s (20-1) had started the year 19-0 before losing Tuesday to Fort Worth Trinity Valley. If any St. Mark’s team is capable of winning the Southwest Preparatory Conference — it hasn’t finished better than fourth since 2008 — this is the team. ESD (13-10) entered the game as a major antagonist.
And the game had that kind of championship feel. A standing-room-only St. Mark’s gym. TV crews. Signs and costumes from the students.
With that support, St. Mark’s thrived, erasing an eight-point, third-quarter ESD lead when Steve Sorenson hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left that put his team up by one.
In the fourth, Cameron Cole had two key steals. Conner Anderson grabbed some offensive rebounds. Harrison Hewitt made a 3-pointer with 2:13 left.
That basket gave St. Mark’s a seven-point lead, one it wouldn’t relinquish. St. Mark’s has three games left, that SPC title looming a little closer.
“We haven’t gotten complacent and let the record get to us,” Sorenson said. “We really keep pushing.”