Heights puts Pirates in tough spot

February 8, 2014
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The Granbury Pirates are eight baskets away from being in a battle for the District 7-4A basketball championship.

Instead, they are hanging on to playoffs hopes by a thread following Tuesday’s 56-51 home loss to Arlington Heights.

That dropped the Pirates (10-16 overall) to 5-7 in district, with their past five losses coming by a total of 15 points.

Heights (15-10, 7-5) moved into a tie with Southwest for second, a game up on fourth-place Aledo. Granbury and South Hills (5-7) need help.

“We’ve got to win ’em both, and we need some help. It’s that simple,” said Pirate coach David Breazeale.

“Ain’t no way to put it, they were better than us tonight. No. 5 (Jaylen Austin) made them better. He was a difference maker in the back court against our press.”

Austin did not play in the first meeting last month in Fort Worth, a 51-41 Granbury win. He recently transferred from district champion Trimble Tech.

The teams exchanged leads 12 times in the third quarter.

“They came out in the second half with a sense of urgency,” Breazeale said of Heights.

Heights took the lead for good despite missing consecutive free throws. Devon Davis grabbed the offensive rebound and put it back in for a 47-45 advantage with 2:54 to play.

That sparked an 8-1run. Clay Brawner’s 3-pointer closed the gap to 53-49, and Kevin Hennard’s two free throws made the score 54-51 with eight seconds left.

The Pirates were forced to foul, and Heights made a pair of free throws in the closing seconds.

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Boys basketball

Arl. Heights 10 6 25 15 – 56

Granbury 13 11 15 12 – 51

Granbury (10-16, 5-7 in 7-4A) scoring – Clay Brawner 22, Jacob Taylor 11, Kevin Hennard 6, Ryan Suitt 5, Will Brawner 3, B.B. King 2, J.D. Hohnstreiter 2.

Heights (15-10, 7-5) leading scorer – Derrick Lightner 15.

3-pointers – Granbury: C. Brawner 2, Taylor 2, W. Brawner 1, Suitt 1. Heights: Lightner 1.

Rebound leaders – Granbury: Hennard 8, C. Brawner 5, Hohnstreiter 5. Heights: Lavalle Scottie 12.

Granbury assists leader – C. Brawner 3.

Heights blocks leader – Scottie 4.

2-point FG – Granbury 10-33 (30 percent). Heights 17-31 (55 percent).

3-point FG – Granbury 7-19 (37 percent). Heights 1-4 (25 percent).

Free throws – Granbury 10-13 (77 percent). Heights 14-22 (64 percent).

Total rebounds – Granbury 24 (9 offensive). Heights 31 (11 offensive).

Total assists – Granbury 5. Heights 3.

Total steals – Granbury 1. Heights 3.

Total blocks – Granbury 0. Heights 6.

Turnovers – Granbury 12. Heights 14.

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