The Stephenville High School Yellow Jackets closed out the three-day Glen Rose Lions Club boys basketball tournament Saturday with a 61-57 victory over Johnson City.
The Yellow Jackets moved to 5-10 on the season with the win. They opened the tournament with a slim 50-49 loss to Keene Thursday morning, then lost a 63-43 decision to Greenwood that afternoon. In their only game Friday, SHS was outscored by Wall, 64-51. On Saturday morning, they fell to Gatesville, 60-56.
“At spurts, we played decent in every game,” SHS head coach Bill Brooks said. “We just have to put a complete game together.
“We’re still trying to figure out our lineups, and (how our) guys click well together. We did some good things in this tournament. We still have a lot of time until district starts, but we’ve been improving every game.”
One issue Brooks addressed is that the Yellow Jackets in some cases have made it harder for themselves by falling behind early, forcing them to work extra hard in the attempt to rally.
“We’ve been digging ourselves in a hole and having to fight back,” he said. “We want to get a good early start and not have to fight from behind.”
Against Wall, Skylar Stilwell led SHS in scoring with 17 points.
Stephenville’s top scorers in the Gatesville game were Stilwell and Grayson Traweek, with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
In the win over Johnson City, Traweek scored 13 points for the Jackets, sinking three baskets from 3-point range.
The Jackets had a couple of players out on Saturday. Calvin Darby was taking a test, and Hank Moore was sick.
In subvarsity action last weekend in the Hamilton tournament, Stephenville won both the junior varsity and the freshman divisions for their second straight tournament titles. Both the SHS JV and freshman boys teams had also won their respective divisions in the Dublin tournament the previous weekend.
The varsity Jackets were scheduled to be Tuesday Dec. 11) against Benbrook (scheduled for 7:30 p.m.). Their next game will be this Friday at Eastland (7 p.m.).