Stephenville boys basketball rallies to beat Abilene Wylie

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Stephenville rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter for a 75-73 double overtime victory against Abilene Wylie in a Class 3A Region I semifinal Friday at United Spirit Arena.

The Yellow Jackets (15-14) trailed early after the Bulldogs (28-4) established a 10-point after the opening quarter.

Stephenville struggled with ball control in the first half, turning the ball over seven times.

The Yellow Jackets were led in scoring by 6-feet-3 guard Jarrett Stidham during the first half. The junior chipped in five points for Stephenville. He finished with 10 points.

Junior guard Daron Davis helped the Bulldogs establish a 34-23 halftime lead by adding 13 first-half points. Davis finished with 24 points in the losing effort.

Senior post Colby Brandon added 11 points off the bench to jumpstart a run in the third quarter for Stephenville.

In the fourth quarter, senior guard Malik Taylor added five of his 24 points helping the Yellow Jackets rally to tie the game at 60-all and force overtime.

Stephenville coach Jonathan Normand said the turning point involved him advising the Yellow Jackets to pick up the scoring.

“We had an eight-point deficit and I just told them we had a green-light offense right now,” he said. “Really that’s not our No. 1 offense but when we did go to it, I don’t know, it turned inside. So we got in attack mode, then we made a couple of shots — which helps — but we just changed our mentality, offensively, in the fourth.”

The offensive synergy carried into overtime for the Yellow Jackets and two late free throws by senior guard Grayson Sweet sealed the victory for Stephenville.

The Yellow Jackets will meet Kennedale in the 3A Region I final on Saturday at the United Spirit Arena.

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