By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (November 7, 2016) — Stephenville head coach Bill Brooks is excited by what he sees entering his second season at the helm of the Yellow Jacket basketball program.
Brooks, who led the Jackets to the Region I-4A playoffs in his first season and was assistant coach for a run to the Elite Eight in 2014, says his team shot the ball well and executed offensively while winning one-quarter scrimmages against Azle and Benbrook Saturday morning at Gandy Gym.
The Jackets edged Azle, 19-17, then exploded offensively in a 29-14 rout of Benbrook.
“I don’t want to throw everything we’re doing differently out there this early in the game, but we are playing a little faster and I was pleased with the way we executed it,” said Brooks. “We shot the ball well and, for this early in the season, executed both our offenses well.”
Azle ran a zone defense and Benbrook tried to match up man-to-man, giving the Jackets different looks.
Brooks said Clay Krause and Braden Hayse were the leaders Saturday.
“They both shot the ball well and played good defense,” he said, noting that other early season leaders for the team are Coby Vandenberg, Clay Griffin and Will Beaty.
There are currently nine on the varsity roster, with five more to be added after football including returning lettermen Easton Jones, Mason Holstein and Cameron Frazier.
“We’ll carry 14 unless somebody else just really catches my attention,” said Brooks.
Stephenville visits Brock for a three-way scrimmage that also includes Burleson Tuesday. Action begins at 5 p.m. The Jackets’ season opener is next Tuesday, November 15, against Gatesville. The game will tipoff about 7:30 p.m. following a 6 p.m. girls contest against Granbury.
“I feel great about going into the season, especially after seeing how well we played in the scrimmage,” Brooks said. “We’re ready to get rolling.”