The Stephenville Yellow Jackets on Tuesday night recorded their second straight boys basketball victory, defeating Benbrook 64-55 at home in Gandy Gym.
Skylar Stilwell continued to be an offensive force for coach Bill Brooks’ Yellow Jackets, leading the team with 22 points. Teammate Grayson Traweek added 15 and Cody Storrs scored nine.
Those three were a combined 12-of-14 at the free throw line.
The Jackets, who had closed out the three-day Glen Rose Lions Club Tournament last Saturday with a win over Johnson City, improved to 6-10 on the season.
“We put consistent games together,” Brooks said. “Lately we’ve been getting behind and having to come back. We didn’t have to do that tonight.”
The Jackets were paced in rebounding by Stilwell with seven, Chase Griffin with six and Kendal Storrs with five.
Stilwell dropped in 8 of his 15 shots from the field including 2 of 2 from 3-point range, and was 4 of 4 at the free throw line.
The teams appeared to be evenly matched overall, but a slight third-quarter scoring edge helped the Jackets survive the challenge.
Stephenville trailed 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, and was down by one point (33-32) at intermission. The Jackets pulled ahead in the third quarter for a 48-40 edge before holding off the Bobcats by a 16-15 margin in the fourth quarter.
“We always play tough games with them,” Brooks said. “We shot free throws well, so that helps. Overall, our percentage has improved for the year from the free throw line.”
Benbrook had a 35-29 edge in team rebounding.
Trace Morrison and Stilwell came up with two steals each. Traweek led in assists, with three.
The Jackets were slated to play Friday (Dec. 14) at Eastland, with a 7 p.m. varsity tipoff time scheduled. Their next game will be Tuesday night at Decatur starting at 7.
The Jackets will continue non-district play until Jan. 11, when they are scheduled to play at home against Godley in their District 7-4A opener.