Sometimes a player just gets in the zone.
Dalton Griffin was in the zone in the third quarter Monday night, pouring in all 18 of his points in the period to help Stephenville (5-11) pull away in a 71-48 rout of host Brownwood (3-9) in the Underwood’s Christmas Classic at Warren Gym.
“I’ve been coaching a long time and I’ve never had a player score 18 points in a quarter,” Stephenville head coach Mike Dacus said.
Griffin hit four three-point field goals in the period, a couple from outside NBA three-point range. Tyler Floyd added the Yellow Jackets’ fifth bomb of the quarter when he beat the buzzer with a shot from half court.
When it was all said and done Stephenville tallied 29 points in the third, its highest total in any quarter this season.
The Jackets were clinging to a 27-26 edge after Brownwood scored the opening basket of the second half, but Stephenville scored the next six points to touch off an 11-2 run.
“That was the key - the way we played the first few minutes of the second half,” Dacus said.
Defense also played a major role for Stephenville - particularly the second half efforts of Miles Holstein, Brian Picha and Griffin, who took turns stymying Brownwood guard Greg Jefferson.
Jefferson hit three treys and tallied 14 points before halftime, but was shut out after the break.
“At halftime we emphasized guarding him better than we did in the first half because he was hurting us, especially with his penetration,” Dacus said. “We rotated guys on him in the second half and did a good job.”
From a scoring standpoint, Griffin was joined in double figures by freshman Juder Stidham with 11 and Cody Stevens with 10. Picha (6), Justin Lanham (5), Floyd (4) and Aiavion Edwards (4) also scored for Stephenville.
Joining Jefferson in double figures for Bronwood was Graylon Brown (11) and Derek Longoria (10).
Much of Tuesday’s action in the Classic - including Stephenville’s date with San Angelo Lakeview - was cancelled due to the winter weather that blitzed the region. The Jackets return to the court Saturday afternoon when they host Mansfield Legacy in a District 8-4A opener at 3 p.m. at Gandy Gym