Senior guard Victor Martinez amassed 27 points to lead a balanced scoring effort as Stephenville overcame an early double-digit deficit to top Fort Worth Brewer, 73-66, in non-district 4A basketball in White Settlement Monday night.
Garrett Autrey returned from foul trouble to score seven in the fourth period, and the Jackets hit 9-10 free throws in the final stanza to close the door on the Bears. Autrey finished with 17.
“They were concerned mostly with our guard play and that seemed to free Garrett up inside,” Dacus explained concerning the senior post’s big final period. “We were able to get him the ball and he did a good job for us.”
Three other players contributed to the scoring column as Nic Young was in double figures with 12, Justin Lanham added nine and J.T. Autrey finished with eight.
“That’s a lot better balance than we had the other night (in a 57-39 loss to Belton),” said Dacus. “I really liked seeing Nic scoring some inside for us.”
The Yellow Jackets went 16-18 at the stripe and hit 39-percent from beyond the three-point arc to come from behind, 21-10, at the end of the first quarter.
Stephenville wasted no time erasing the big deficit, using four second-period treys to pull even, 33-33, at the half.
“I think the biggest thing that changed the momentum was switching from man-to-man to a zone on defense,” Dacus said of the quick comeback. “They were very quick, and going to a zone forced them to slow down and think about things. It also took away their penetration.”
Brewer regained a one-point edge entering the fourth, but Autrey, Martinez and the onslaught of free throws pulled the Jackets through.
“We just kept pickin’ at ‘em and pickin’ at ‘em and it worked out for us,” said Dacus.
The Jackets are off Thanksgiving weekend and host 3A power Abilene Wylie on Tuesday.