Stephenville (3-6) had a rally fall short in one contest and couldn't hold off the comeback efforts of its second opponent, going 0-2 in pool play on day one of the Catclaw Classic hosted by Abilene Wylie Thursday.
The Jackets battled back from a 15-point deficit to trail by just two against Seminole, but ran out of gas in a 66-60 loss. They then led all evening until Lubbock Cooper buried a three-point field goal with four seconds remaining to force overtime before knocking Stephenville off 47-45.
Seminole, a state powerhouse in the 2A ranks, used full court pressure to knock the Jackets off tilt early.
"We had too many turnovers against their press, and about six of them were unforced turnovers where we just threw it away," Dacus said. "We just didn't attack their press with any confidence."
When the Jackets did finally attack with confidence, the comeback began.
"We quit turning the ball over. When we weren't turning it over we were getting layups," Dacus said of his club's second half rally."
Stephenville trailed by just two entering the fourth quarter, but Seminole stretched the lead out again and held on.
Justin Lanham was the only Jacket to score in double figures with 12, while Miles Holstein, Juder Stidham and Cody Stevens each had nine. Other scorers included Josh Jenkins (6), Tyler Floyd (5), Aiavion Edwards (4), Keaton Trinkle (3), Kody Travis (2) and Brian Picha (1).
Stevens turned around and poured in 26 points against Lubbock Cooper, but it wasn't enough as the Jackets were held scoreless in a sluggish overtime period in which Cooper scored the only two points for the win.
"We were ahead 27-15 at the half but couldn't hold them off," said Dacus, whose club led the entire game until the Cooper three with four seconds left.
"Our guard play was nowhere to be found," the head coach added. "We couldn't throw it in the ocean."
Only four Yellow Jackets scored, with Stevens being the only one in double figures. Picha netted seven Jenkins and Stidham each scored six.
Stephenville closes out pool play against Jim Ned at 12:30 p.m. today before moving into bracket play on Saturday.