Flash Staff Report
(February 7, 2017) — Coby Vandenberg scored 17 points and Stephenville held off a late Godley charge to record a 57-48 win that all but locks up third place in the 8-4A boys district race.
The Yellow Jackets saw a 49-36 lead trimmed to four before getting hot from the free throw line to put the game away. After missing six consecutive foul shots earlier in the fourth, they made their final six to pull away.
Mason Holstein split a pair to make it 51-46, but Easton Jones rebounded the missed second shot to give Stephenville a bonus possession at the most opportune time. The Jackets immediately called timeout, then ran off seven seconds before Jones was fouled and hit a pair for a Seven-point lead.
Holstein hit four more foul shots in the closing seconds, and Godley’s final bucket in between was too little, too late.
Stephenville maintains sole possession of third place in 8-4A, and because fourth-place Alvarado lost to Glen Rose Tuesday, the Jackets will finish alone in third barring a major – and most unlikely – upset by Alvarado of Midlothian Heritage, coupled with a Stephenville loss to Waxahachie Life.
The Jackets struggled from the free throw line much of the game, finishing 14-26 even after making their last six attempts. That allowed Godley to stay alive, though SHS was ahead 39-25 after the third quarter.
Rebounds were the big key for the Jackets since losing standout junior forward Blake Aragon, and to say they dominated that category would be the biggest understatement of the game.
Stephenville collected 42 rebounds to Godley’s 10, 19 offensive rebounds to one and won the second-chance scoring 17-2. The Jackets shot 45 percent overall on the road, whiling limiting the home Wildcats to 41 percent including just 28 percent from the 3-point arc.
Bobby Goodloe led Godley with 17 points.