Pirates rout Joshua – again

If it seemed like yesterday that the Granbury Pirates blew Joshua out of the gym, well it almost was.

Granbury’s 64-31 rout of the Owls Tuesday at the James Wann Sports Center was their second basketball victory against Joshua in five days. They also won 72-40 in the Joshua Tournament.

The Pirates were more dominant in this win, limiting the Owls to six shots in the lane.

Twelve of the 13 players who saw action scored for the Pirates (3-4), led by Brandon Fichter with 10 points. Also, 10 players grabbed at least one rebound, led by Kory Rafferty with 10 and Fichter with seven.

In all, Granbury had a 33-11 rebound advantage. The Pirates also forced 26 turnovers while committing just a dozen.

“Joshua’s got kids who can take the ball to the basket, and I was glad to see we limited that,” said Granbury coach David Breazeale.

“When we play Fort Worth teams (in district), if we can’t keep them from the lane, we’re in trouble.”

Joshua (0-7) scored the first point of the game, then Granbury countered with a 19-0 run.

“We had a run in the second quarter where our energy was off the charts,” said Breazeale.

“When Nick Doughty sprinted the court and took that charge, I thought that was the play of the night.”

The score could have been much worse – or much better, depending on the perspective – had one of the teams done better at the foul line. They were a combined 10-for-32.

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Boys basketball

Joshua 1 12 11 7 – 31

Granbury 9 27 12 16 – 64

Granbury (3-4) scoring – Brandon Fichter 10, Collin McCann 9, Ben Hughes 9, Clint Keating 9, Jacob Taylor 7, Nick Doughty 6, Kory Rafferty 4, Will Brawner 3, Clay Brawner 2, Kevin Hennard 2, Jimmy Hodges 2, Mitchell May 1.

Granbury 3-pointers – McCann 1, Taylor 1, Hughes 1, W. Brawner 1.

Rebounds – Rafferty 10, Fichter 7.

Free throws – Granbury 6-15, Joshua 4-17.