The Stafford High boys basketball team advanced to the UIL 4A Regional Quarterfinals and was scheduled to play Brazosport at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pearland High School. The Spartans (20-11) are competing in the Regional Quarterfinals for the first time since 2010 – the year the program made its sixth trip to the state semifinals.
Stafford will face Brazosport (29-3) with the winner advancing to the regional tournament in Corpus Christi this weekend to face Somerset or Crystal City.
At first glance, the Spartans and Exporters records do not appear to be similar. Stafford is 19-4 since early December – when approximately half of its team returned from a state quarterfinal football run. The Spartans’ top three scorers were members of the football team.
Neither team has lost a game since early January.
Stafford won its third district championship in seven years with a perfect 10-0 district record, and they’ve won 14 of their last 16 en route to bi-district and area championships. The Spartans utilized a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Boerne, 45-42, last Friday in Cuero in the area round.
Stafford, which has eight seniors on its roster, has a balanced scoring team. Seniors Christopher Brantley and Zaquan Brooks are averaging 11.9 and 9.8 points, respectively. Not far behind that duo is senior Miles Brazle, who’s averaging 9.7 points per game and senior Desmond Mathis who averaged 9.6 points per game.
Brooks is the team’s key rebounder with 9.2 rebounds per game, while Brazle and Mathis are averaging 3.4 and 3.1 assists per game, respectively.
The program has a strong tradition of success with six trips to the state semifinals, including the 1992 Class 3A state championship team that defeated Groesbeck, 73-72, in the title game.
Interestingly, that ’92 team will be honored at the UIL Basketball Championships on Saturday, March 11, at the Alamodome in San Antonio for the 25-year anniversary of their championship.