In a back-and-forth battle, the Granbury High School boys basketball team seized control defensively and held Cleburne scoreless over the last three minutes, holding on for a 60-51 victory Tuesday at the James Wann Sports Center.
In their final tune-up before opening District 5-5A play, the Pirates (10-12) didn’t make it to 100 points as they did in their previous outing against Brownwood, but the win was every bit as satisfying for Granbury.
The Pirates jumped out to a 9-0 lead thanks to three consecutive baskets by Sawyer Schenewark and a three-pointer by Kensington Colston. It was a trend for Granbury in the first half as Isaiah Trejo came in off the bench to fuel a fast-paced second quarter with eight points, including two long-range shots.
The scoring by Peyton Plash, Trejo, Corbin King, and Schenewark put the Pirates on top 34-25, but things would go off track for Granbury in the third quarter.
Cleburne (9-14) came out of the locker room to score seven straight points before the Pirates responded with a basket by True Hughes. The Yellow Jackets kept chipping away and established a 38-36 advantage before Trejo fueled another run with six points, putting Granbury back on top 45-41 with eight minutes remaining.
Anthony Salgado got things rolling in the fourth quarter with a pair of three-pointers that pushed Granbury’s lead to 53-45. GHS focused on defense the remainder of the way, and Cleburne had no answer in the final three minutes as the Yellow Jackets went scoreless.
Trejo topped Granbury’s scoring with 20 points.