GRANBURY — Granbury has been on the short end of close games all season.
Friday was a different story for Granbury, which found a way to hold onto a 49-46 victory against Aledo in a District 7-4A game.
In a physical game with a playoff atmosphere, Granbury’s Clay Brawner scored 18 points and post Mitchell May made a put-back with 23 seconds on the clock that put the Pirates (10-15, 5-6 7-4A) up 48-46.
Aledo (12-14, 6-5 7-4A) had rallied from an 11-point third-quarter deficit to tie the game at 46 behind a Braxton McCoy corner 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
“I’m so glad Mitchell got the game-winner for us,” Granbury coach David Breazeale said. “We overcame a bad mental error when Aledo tied it late in the fourth quarter. We are 4-13 in close games this season. If there was a team due, it was us.”
In the final 1:10, the Pirates went 2 of 4 at the free-throw to help seal the victory.
“We’ve been losing a lot of close ones,” Brawner said. “Coach [Breazeale] told us at half, “Guys, it’s getting close to the end of the story; we need to write a happy ending.’ ”
The victory leaves Granbury one game behind Aledo and Arlington Heights (13-11, 6-5) for third and fourth place in district with only three games remaining.
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