Big night for senior Jones as Goats win in overtime, 104-99
By Landon Wright
Special to the Journal
Only in a fairytale might you find a better ending than what transpired Friday at Groesbeck High School on Senior Night versus Bruceville-Eddy.
"That game was the most suspenseful, exciting game that I've coached in my career," head coach Chris Reid said. "It was certainly a storybook ending for Sabrien Jones' career in Groesbeck. The way it happened, you couldn't have scripted it any better."
Trailing in the final minute of the game, which the Goats had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, sophomore guards Ameer Lee and Ty Hale each hit clutch three-pointers for Groesbeck to pull to within three, 93-90, with less than 15 seconds to go.
With time left for only one shot, Reid put the ball in the hands of his senior leader, Jones.
Jones made a few moves on multiple defenders and shot a contested three-pointer with two seconds left, that swished perfectly though the net to force overtime.
"Ameer Lee's three sit on the rim for three seconds and then fell in," Reid said. "Ty Hale came and hit a big three and Sabe finished it off with a buzzer beater. It doesn't get any better than that."
In overtime, Groesbeck outlasted Bruceville-Eddy 104-99, to keep their playoff hopes hinging on Tuesday's matchup at Whitney.
"As the old saying goes, you win some you lose some," Reid said. "Bruceville-Eddy, you'd be hard-pressed to find a tougher, more resilient team than Bruceville-Eddy. They ran with us for four quarters and down the stretch it fell for us when it needed to."
Jones capped off the best game of his career, which was also the best game a player has ever had in Reid's time at Groesbeck. Just two assists shy of a quadruple double, Jones finished with 35 points, 11 rebounds, 11 steals and eight assists in his final home game as a Runnin' Goat.
Junior forward Nick Mosley added a double-double with 20 points and 17 rebounds and Lee also had a big night with 21 points.
Groesbeck has averaged 99.7 points per game over the last three wins over Bruceville-Eddy, Clifton, and Troy.
In Tuesday's 89-51 win over Clifton, Mosley led the way with 21 points, followed by 18 from Lee. Jones and Hale each added 11 and sophomore forward Jake Pringle scored 10.
The winner of Tuesday's game against Whitney secures a playoff spot and the loser is done for the year. Should Groesbeck win, they will have a playoff tune-up game on Friday before beginning playoffs next Tuesday.