In a game that was tied twice in the final 1:05 of regulation and once in overtime, Glen Rose captured a 64-58 victory over Stephenville in their District 7-4A boys basketball contest Friday in Gandy Gym.
The loss dropped the Yellow Jackets to 2-2 in district and 9-15 overall entering the second half of district play.
Brownwood is in first place in the boys district standings at 4-0, followed by Glen Rose at 3-1 (15-14 overall), Stephenville at 2-2, Godley at 1-3 and Mineral Wells at 0-4. The top four teams in the five-team race will make the playoffs.
The Jackets were scheduled to play Tuesday at Godley to start the second round. Their next game will be Friday at home against Brownwood (varsity at 7:30 p.m.).
Skylar Stilwell led SHS offensively with 23 points Friday, and Grayson Traweek added 19. Chase Griffin and Cody Storrs added seven points each.
“We shot the ball well, but we just gave them too many second-chance opportunities,” SHS head coach Bill Brooks said, repeating his previous statements that in district play, “every game is going to be a dog fight. It comes down to who plays best.”
Chase Morrison was the top rebounder for the Jackets with eight, while Griffin and Stilwell pulled down seven each.
Stephenville had the edge in team shooting percentage, but both teams made the same number of shots from the field. The Jackets hit on 42 percent (20 of 47), while the Tigers made 37 percent (20 of 53).
The Tigers made four more free throws, sinking 15 of 30 compared to 11 of 24 of the Jackets.
The Jackets found themselves down 19-13 by the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Tigers 17-8 in the second quarter for a 30-27 halftime lead.
Glen Rose led 37-36 entering the fourth quarter, before SHS outscored the Tigers 17-16 to force the overtime.
The teams were tied at 51 at the 1:05 mark in the fourth quarter, and at 53-all when Griffin made a free throw with nine seconds left in regulation to send the game into the extra period.
Glen Rose secured the win by outscoring the Jackets 11-5 in OT, including an 8-4 run after the 3:14 mark in the extra period when the score was even at 56. Stephenville’s last score came at the 1:03 mark on a free throw by Traweek.
From that point on, Glen Rose sank four of nine free throws.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game, and it was all the way to the end,” Brooks said. “It came down to offensive rebounding and their made free throws and misses.”