Pirates pull away, rout Hornets

Led by Kevin Hennard’s 21 points, the Granbury Pirates ran away from Azle in the second half for a 64-44 nondistrict basketball victory Tuesday at the James Wann Sports Center.

The Pirates, in improving to 3-5, outscored the Hornets (0-5) 32-17 in the second half. This was highlighted by a 12-4 run over the course of the third quarter.

The Pirates dominated the rebound battle, especially the offensive boards.

“Six offensive boards in the second half was big,” said Granbury head coach David Breazeale.

The Pirates also hit 18 of 24 free throws to thwart any efforts by the Hornets to get the ball back via that route.

Granbury hit no 3-pointers, but Breazeale noted with the way their inside game was working, they weren’t necessary.

In all, nine Pirates scored in the convincing victory. Jacob Taylor added 16 and Clay Brawner scored 11.

The Pirates’ five losses have been by a combined 23 points. Their three victories have been by 22 points over Stephenville, 11 points over Dalhart and 20 over Azle for a total of 53 points.

Granbury is playing in its own Van Griffith Kia Classic this weekend.

Boys basketball

Azle 13 14 4 13 – 44

Granbury 12 20 12 20 – 64

Granbury (3-5) scoring – Kevin Hennard 21, Jacob Taylor 16, Clay Brawner 11, B.B. King 4, Will Brawner 3, Mitchell May 3, J.D. Hohnstreiter 3, Malik Allen 2, Ryan Suitt 1.

Free throws – 18-24.