Arlington Heights boys avenge earlier loss to Granbury, gain edge in jumbled playoff race

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Fort Worth Arlington Heights came into Tuesday night’s game against Granbury in the position it wanted to be in — holding a one-game lead over the Pirates for a playoff spot in District 7-4A.

Because the Pirates stole a game on the Yellow Jackets’ home court in the first half of district, Arlington Heights had revenge on its mind the second time around.

Trailing by eight at halftime, Arlington Heights played like the state semifinalist it was last season, outscoring Granbury 40-27 in the second half to pull off a 56-51 victory.

“This game was huge,” said Arlington Heights coach Jon Wagner, whose team improved to 15-10 overall and 7-5 in District 7-4A. “Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot. Our guys were able to pull it out in the end.”

Five teams are clogged in the middle of District 7-4A and fighting for three playoff spots with two games left.

Arlington Heights and Fort Worth Southwest are tied for second at 7-5 with wins Tuesday; Granbury and Fort Worth South Hills dropped to 5-7 in league play after defeats. The fifth team, Aledo, which is 6-5 in district, travels to district-leading Trimble Tech (11-0) Wednesday night.

The intensity of the second half escalated, featuring 14 lead changes after Granbury (10-16, 5-7) led the entire first half.

Wagner discussed with his team about crashing the boards and getting to the rim in the locker room. It paid off for the Yellow Jackets, who outrebounded the Pirates 31 to 23 and attempted 11 more free throws on the night.

Granbury has lost five district games by five points or fewer.

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