Stephenville High School’s Yellow Jackets got 31 points from Grayson Traweek and rallied from an 11-point deficit to take a 62-58 boys basketball victory Tuesday night in Gandy Gym.
Coach Bill Brooks’ 13-6 Yellow Jackets, playing without their leading scorer Skyler Stilwell, were unable to score until the 3:56 mark in the opening quarter, and trailed by a 31-20 margin at halftime.
By the end of the third period, the Jackets had pulled within five points, at 41-36, then outscored the Bullfrogs 26-17 in the fourth quarter.
Stilwell leads SHS in scoring, averaging 21.6 points per game, but was sidelined with an ankle injury he sustained Friday evening in a game against Lufkin Hudson in the Glen Rose Lions Club Tournament.
Traweek, second on the squad with a 15.2 point scoring average per game, sank five of 16 shots from 3-point range Tuesday, 4 of 4 2-pointers and was 11 of 23 at the free throw line. He also had six rebounds.
Teammate Kyle Styron added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds, plus four assists.
Trace Morrison contributed nine points and seven rebounds for SHS.
“We started playing defense the right way. We started taking the shots we wanted to take,” Brooks said. “We were struggling in the first half, but we were able to fix those issues in the second half.”
Taking the comeback win without Stilwell’s services could help boost the team’s confidence, Brooks noted, and he is expected to be back in action after the Christmas break.
“These guys know they can take care of business when they play the right way,” Brooks said.
The next game for the Jackets is set for Monday, Dec. 30, at Aledo (varsity at 1:30 p.m.). Their next home contest is slated for Thursday, Jan. 2 in Gandy Gym, in another non-district contest, versus Gatesville.