The playoff-bound Stephenville Yellow Jackets rallied from a four-point halftime deficit Friday night to defeat Alvarado 38-30 in their District 8-4A boys basketball contest, clinching at least third place with two district games remaining.
“It wasn’t the prettiest win, but we will definitely take it,” SHS head coach Bill Brooks said. “We picked up our defensive pressure in the second half and it paid off. It feels great to secure third place with two games left to play.”
Blake Aragon helped lead the Jackets with a team-high 16 points - including nine in the third quarter alone - and seven rebounds. Teammate Cole Pettit added six points and Quade Griffin scored five.
The Jackets managed to score just eight points in the opening quarter against the Indians, and six in the second quarter. But they picked up the scoring pace in the third quarter with 15 points, and added 11 in the final period.
The Jackets (12-13 overall, 7-3 in district) play Tuesday at home against Godley (3-6, 16-11). The SHS boys will close out their regular-season slate Friday at home against 13th-ranked and second-place Waxahachie Life (8-2, 28-7), with a 7 p.m. tipoff scheduled.
The Jackets still have a shot at second place, and a potentially easier first-round playoff matchup, but to do so they must win both games and Life School has to lose its final two regular-season contests, then would have a one-game district playoff next week to decide second and third place.