Last-second layup lifts FW Southwest over Granbury

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With the game on the line, Kameron Malbrough wasn’t fazed by the pressure bestowed upon him.

Trailing by one, the Fort Worth Southwest sophomore guard took the inbounds pass with 8.5 seconds remaining and bolted coast-to-coast, laying in the game-winning bucket with one second on the clock to lift the Raiders to a 54-53 comeback win over Granbury.

“I saw an open lane and took it,” Malbrough said, who had a similar game-winner against Fort Worth Arlington Heights earlier this season. “I just knew that if I got the ball, I was going to win the game for us.”

Malbrough finished with a team-high 11 points for Southwest, which took over third place in District 7-4A.

Coming into the road game, Southwest (8-11, 5-4 in 7-4A) sat in a three-way tie for third place with Granbury (9-14, 4-5) and Fort Worth Arlington Heights (11-10, 4-4).

Southwest blew out Granbury 79-49 at home in the first half of district play, but the Pirates came out with a different game plan in Round 2. The Pirates built a 12-point second-quarter advantage.

“[Granbury is] a tough team; they play really good defense,” Southwest coach John Church said. “We knew it was going to be a fight to the end.”

Trailing by seven points to open the fourth quarter, the Raiders gradually worked their way back, cutting the Pirates’ lead to 51-49 with a minute to play.

After making 2 of 10 from 3-point range through three quarters, Gordon Dean’s clutch 3-pointer put the Raiders up 52-51 with 33 seconds remaining.

Granbury’s Clay Brawner answered with a go-ahead lay-up with 8.5 seconds to go, only to be topped by Malbrough moments later.

Granbury was led by Kevin Hennard’s game-high 14 points off the bench. Mitchell May had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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