In the end it was a 51-37 district basketball victory for his Granbury Pirates, but head coach David Breazeale had never been involved in a game like it before.
Friday’s game began with the host Pirates jumping out to a 15-3 lead over O.D. Wyatt early in the second quarter.
Wyatt, which had missed 13 of its first 14 shots, took advantage of 10 second-quarter turnovers by the Pirates and began to penetrate the Granbury zone defense. The Chapparals went on a 30-3 run to go up 33-18 early in the third.
The Pirates were then forced out of their zone defense when Wyatt tried to slow things down. Big mistake for the Chapparals.
Granbury finished the game with an electrifying 33-4 run.
“That second quarter was a colossal disaster, but we survived it,” said Breazeale. “It wasn’t that our zone fell apart, it was all the turnovers.
“I have never seen a set a quarter scores like that before.”
Wyatt’s final score by quarters was 3, 28, 4 and 2.
“I knew he (Wyatt coach) was going to pull it out after they got that big lead and we’d have to go man-to-man,” said Breazeale.
“I told the team at halftime, ‘Guys, you’re not going to get the lead in two minutes. Be patient.”
The victory improved the Pirates (9-12 overall) to 4-3 in District 7-4A and was their third consecutive win. They began the second half of district on the road against Western Hills last night.
Granbury is tied with Arlington Heights and Southwest for third in district, a game behind Aledo and two games behind Trimble Tech. Wyatt (5-15, 2-5) missed an opportunity to put itself in the thick of the race.
“We’re where we were last year, so let’s see if we can take care of business in the second half,” said Breazeale.
Last season the Pirates advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
With the Pirates down 35-23 midway through the third quarter, Jacob Taylor hit a 3-point basket. A couple of minutes later, Will Brawner hit a pair of 3s, taking assists from his brother Clay on both, and suddenly the game was tied at 35.
“He likes to drive and kick it from inside,” said Will. “It’s something we picked up on.”
Will has hit several clutch 3-pointers in the Pirates’ recent three-game winning streak.
“He’s definitely becoming clutch when we need him,” said Clay.
Clay Brawner led the Pirates in scoring with 21 points, while Will was next with 10. Clay and Taylor each had a game-high five assists, and Taylor had four steals.
Ryan Suitt, Mitchell May and J.D. Hohnstreiter each had a game-high eight rebounds, including five offensive boards by May.
The Pirates continued their surge into the fourth quarter, scoring 26 unanswered points. Wyatt went more than 11 minutes without a point before Ke’Oddrick Polk’s basket with 1:16 left in the game.
“We got a lead, and they (Wyatt) panicked,” said Breazeale.
“The intensity level after halftime was so much more,” said B.B. King of the Pirates. “Coach gave us a good talk at halftime.
“Will and Jake are both shooters. They’re going to give us a high percentage any time they shoot the ball, and every time they hit a 3, it fired up the crowd.”
Wyatt had seven offensive rebounds in the game, six coming in the second quarter. The Chaps also shot 50 percent in that period (10-for-20) and committed just one turnover.
The second half was a different scenario.
Granbury committed just five turnovers and forced 13. The Pirates hit 10 of 22 shots from the field compared to Wyatt’s 3-for-18 showing, and Granbury had a commanding 19-9 rebound advantage – including 7-0 on the offensive boards.
Also, Wyatt’s two big men, John Washington and Marquise Bryson, started drawing the attention of the officials, eventually fouling out.
“When their bigs got in four trouble we started pressing them,” said King.
“Rely on your defense, rebound and block out, and you’ve got a chance against anybody,” said Breazeale.
A week and a half earlier, the Pirates were in a tough spot after dropping their third straight game, 41-37, at Aledo. In that game, they blew a six-point lead in the final three minutes.
“We were ready to react. We hate losing,” Suitt said. “A loss will teach you a lot of things.”
The Pirates bounced back by defeating Arlington Heights 51-41 in Fort Worth, outscoring the Yellowjackets 19-6 in the fourth quarter. That was followed by a 54-26 romping over South Hills.
HENNARD DUE BACK FRIDAY
The Pirates won for a second straight time without standout Kevin Hennard, who was suspended for disciplinary reasons. He is due back Friday.
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O.D. Wyatt 3 28 4 2 – 37
Granbury 13 5 19 14 – 51
Granbury (9-12, 4-3 in 7-4A) scoring – Clay Brawner 21, Will Brawner 10, Jacob Taylor 6, Ryan Suitt 5, Mitchell May 4, J.D. Hohnstreiter 3, B.B. King 2.
Wyatt (5-15, 2-5) scoring leaders – Trae Dary 11, Ke’Oddrick Polk 10.
3-pointers – Granbury: Will Brawner 3, Jacob Taylor 2, Clay Brawner 1. Wyatt: Polk 2.
Rebounds – Granbury: Suitt 8, May 8, Hohnstreiter 8. Wyatt: Dary 6, Michael Thomas 6.
Assists – Granbury: Taylor 5, C. Brawner 5.
Steals – Granbury: Taylor 4. Wyatt: John Washington 3.
2-point FG – Granbury 11-31 (35 percent). Wyatt: 12-31 (39 percent).
3-point FG – Granbury 6-16 (38 percent). Wyatt 2-17 (12 percent).
Free throws – Granbury 11-22 (50 percent). Wyatt 7-15 (47 percent).
Team rebounds – Granbury 37 (13 offensive). Wyatt 28 (7 offensive).
Team assists – Granbury 14. Wyatt 2.
Team steals – Granbury 5. Wyatt 6.
Turnovers – Granbury 18. Wyatt 18.