Stephenville (2-2) had three players pour in at least 15 points and finished the game on a 17-5 run for a 67-51 victory over Granbury at Gandy Gym Tuesday night.
Malik Taylor started fast with 11 points in the first quarter and finished with 19. He three 3-point bombs in the first and four of the Jackets' nine on the night. Arbnor Kelmendi and Grayson Sweet each had 15. Kelmendi and Taylor combined for 13 in the fourth while Sweet spread his scoring throughout.
Granbury cut its deficit to four with the opening basket of the fourth, but Stephenville took over from there. A layup by Juder Stidham and a triple by Arbnor Kelmendi jump-started the finishing surge and opened up a 55-46 lead.
Kelmendi stole one away on the defensive end and found Taylor ahead of the pack for a fast break basket with a foul, and the ensuing free throw made it 58-46 with 4:13 left. Taylor then stuck a dagger into the Pirates with 2:26 remaining, burying his final 3-ball to push the advantage to 63-49 before Kelmendi and Will Holland hit layups to complete Stephenville's scoring.
Sweet used a steal and breakaway layup with nine seconds on the clock to give Stephenville a 36-32 halftime edge, and he buried a 3-ball to make it 41-34 early in the third. He had seven points in the period including an impressive spin move around a defender for a layup and a 45-39 lead with 1:44 on the clock.
Colby Brandon finished the third with a put back at the buzzer for a 50-43 lead going into the fourth. Granbury began the final frame with a three-pointer before Stephenville began its big push to the finish.
Brandon scored seven for the Jackets, who host Cleburne at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Will Holland netted five, Juder Stidham added four and Brandon Cole had two.
It was the second straight win for Stephenville, which outscored host White Settlement Brewer 32-14 after halftime to win 44-35 on Monday.