Despite the district race not even being at its midpoint, the Granbury Pirates were watching their playoff hopes slip away.
Then came the fourth quarter against Arlington Heights, one of the district’s top teams, Saturday.
The Pirates ended their game at Billingsley Field House with a 19-6 run. It propelled them to a 51-41 victory and right back into the thick of the race for one of the four playoff berths.
“It was a big win for us – and we needed a win,” said Granbury head coach David Breazeale.
The Pirates (7-12 overall) improved to 2-3 in District 7-4A. They share fifth place with South Hills (8-5, 2-3), whom they were playing last night at Billingsley.
Both teams are just a game behind Arlington Heights (10-7, 3-2) and Southwest (8-13, 3-2). The Pirates lost 79-49 to Southwest in Fort Worth earlier in district.
Jacob Taylor and Clay Brawner led Granbury with 12 points each. Taylor’s points came on four 3-point baskets, all in the second half.
The Pirates also got a strong game out of big man Mitchell May, who tallied 11 points inside the paint.
The Pirates hit six 3-pointers in all. They also got to the free throw line 28 times, hitting 15.
After struggling to get to the foul line in previous games, the Pirates have attempted 50 in its past two games, making 27.
Granbury’s defense took over the game, particularly in the final quarter. That set the offense up for clutch baskets.
“Our press really turned the ball over,” said Breazeale. “We hit a bunch of big shots.
“We got a lead and didn’t let them back in.”
Heights had rallied from an early deficit to take a 34-32 lead into the final quarter.
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Granbury 10 8 14 19 – 51
Arl. Heights 5 12 18 6 – 41
Granbury (13-9, 2-3 in 7-4A) scoring – Jacob Taylor 12, Clay Brawner 12, Mitchell May 11, Kevin Hennard 10, Will Brawner 3, Ryan Suitt 2, B.B. King 1.
3-pointers – Taylor 4, C. Brawner 1, W. Brawner 1.