Jack Wilson of San Marcos beats Dos Pueblos defenders down the floor for two of his team-high 15 points. Credit: Gary Kim / Noozhawk photo / Noozhawk.com

San Marcos made clutch plays down the stretch at both ends of the court and defeated rival Dos Pueblos, 49-46, in a Channel League boys basketball game on Wednesday night at a nearly full Sovine Gym.

Down 46-44, Andre McCullough buried a three-pointer with 1:05 left to put the Royals ahead by one.

Owen Lauderdale then picked off a Dos Pueblos pass and Wyatt Miller finished a drive down the lane for a 49-46 lead with 21 seconds to play.

Dos Pueblos had a chance at a game-tying three-pointer, but Lauderdale came up big again, blocking the shot attempt by Joe Talarico from the top of the key.

“We just got shots at the right time,” said San Marcos’ James Kinzler, who won his first crosstown game as the varsity coach.

On Miller’s cross-over dribble and drive from the top of the key, Kinzler said he didn’t mind seeing the ball in his hands in a crucial situation.

“He’s just really creative, really strong with it,” said Kinzler. “You know, he missed a few and we got him a break, got some fresh wind and he came back. I knew he was going to make one, and that was the right time. He got to the rim, and we he gets to the rim, he’s really good.”

Wyatt Miller of San Marcos shoots over Joe Talarico of Dos Pueblos. Miller scored seven points in the first quarter, helping the Royals take a 21-8 lead. (Gary Kim / Noozhawk photo)

Miller scored 11 points, finishing behind Jack Wilson’s 15.

Wilson hit a nice one-handed shot in the key to give San Marcos a 43-42 lead. It was the Royals’ first lead since the second quarter after they raced out to a 21-8 advantage to start the game.

Lauderdale, who was hit with three fouls in the first half, starred at the defensive end in the final minute. Just as he did as a safety and linebacker in football, he disrupted the offense of the opponent with his great instincts.

On his block of Talarico’s game-tying, three-point attempt, Kinzler said Lauderdale came from the baseline to make the play.

“To have the knack, the knack, is just crazy; to step out and get that great block,” said the coach.

Wilson, who is a standout volleyball player, was also a difference maker in the game.

“Jack Wilson gave us a lot tonight in the press and offensively,” said Kinzler. “We’re down Micah Jacobi who is hurt, so Jack was really are only size. He just played his heart out.”

San Marcos (4-11, 2-1 in Channel League) also got clutch play off the bench from Joe Pasternack. He buried a three-pointer that kickstarted a comeback from an eight-point deficit late in the third quarter (38-30) and hit another trey to pull the Royals within one (40-39) at 7:03 of the fourth quarter.

“He’s just so confident. He likes the big, big moments,” said Kinzler. “He hit one, (Ben) Treadway hit one, Andre hit one. We just got shots at the right times.”

Dos Pueblos coach Joe Zamora said McCullough’s three-pointer in the fourth quarter “was a big momentum swing for them.”

He also cited Owen Lauderdale’s aggressiveness around the basket and Pasternack’s three-pointers as keys to the game.

“We matched it for a while, but in the fourth quarter, once again, we just kind of lost our momentum.”

The Chargers (5-9, 0-3 in Channel League) scored only six points in the final period. Their last basket was a nice drive down the lane by Talarico for a 46-44 lead.

Grant Hughes led Dos Pueblos with 18 points and Talarico scored 13.