GRAHAM - Stephenville saw a 13-point lead whittled to a single point in the fourth quarter before a late rally boosted the Yellow Jackets to a 64-57 win over Graham Tuesday night on the Steers’ home floor.
Leading 28-18 at the half, then 47-34 late in the third, Stephenville missed several point-blank baskets that allowed Graham to close the gap to 54-53 with less than three minutes to play.
”We started throwing the ball all over the court, not sure to who,” said SHS head coach Jonathan Normand. “Right there toward the end we executed very well, a couple of half-court sets, and we made some free throws down the stretch also.
“We did settle down, but we were rattled there for a little while.”
A pair of free throws by Graham’s Ethan Nichol narrowed the gap to a point before Kaegun Williams went on a fourth-period tear, scoring nine in the final moments, including five of six free throws.
The ‘Jackets’ offensive attack was led by Williams’ 17, 15 from Darian Brown and 12 from Josh Nowell, who fouled out in the fourth.
Graham’s Derek Sides and Nichol each scored 19.
The win solidifies the Yellow Jackets’ hold on third place in District 6-4A with one game left, Friday’s road battle at Brownwood.
“I knew this was a big game for us,” Normand said, “that we were both vying for the third-place spot. It’s a big win on the road.”