Pirates have first bidistrict since ‘99 in sights

Whatever happened last night, the Granbury Pirates will be playing beyond the regular basketball season.

Whether that next game is bidistrict or a District 7-4A playoff game, was determined last night when the Pirates hosted district runner-up O.D. Wyatt and Aledo hosted also-ran South Hills.

The Pirates put themselves in position to reach a bidistrict game for the first time since 1999 when they defeated South Hills 67-50 Friday in Fort Worth behind 30 points from Nick Doughty. Meanwhile, Aledo was losing 66-52 to Arlington Heights, clinching third place for Heights and putting the Bearcats in a must-win position last night.

“I’m glad that whatever happens, the guys will get a playoff game, either district or bidistrict,” said Granbury coach David Breazeale.

“They’ll experience something beyond the regular season.”

Granbury and Aledo split their district meetings, with the Pirates winning 75-72 at home in the first round and the Bearcats winning 50-44 in the second. In the rematch, the Pirates looked like they were on the verge of sweeping – which would have them already set for bidistrict – when the Bearcats ended the game on a 19-3 run with star player Taylor Johnson out with a concussion.

In Friday’s win over South Hills, the Pirates ended a three-game losing streak thanks to a second-half surge. The underdog Scorpions overcame an early nine-point deficit to tie the game at 28 at the half.

In the second half, South Hills lost its composure, was called for some intentional fouls and a couple of technicals.

The Pirates overcame 19 turnovers. When they would break the press, however, they’d often score on a layup.

“There was lots of pressure on this game,” said Breazeale. “At halftime we were down some, but we had to regroup, and they did.”

Whatever happens from here, the Pirates have clinched their first non-losing season since going 18-13 in 2003-04.

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Granbury 14 14 19 20 – 67

South Hills 9 19 10 12 – 50

Granbury (16-14, 7-6 in 7-4A) scoring – Nick Doughty 30, Brandon Fichter 8, Jimmy Hodges 7, Jacob Taylor 7, Kevin Hennard 6, Clay Brawner 5, Kory Rafferty 3, Klint Keating 1.

Granbury 3-pointers – Taylor 1, Brawner 1.