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  • Withey, Hunt lead Pirate basketball honorees
    WELL-DESERVED: Granbury’s Michael Withey fi nished the year on an incredible run that included two buzzer-beating jumpers that gave the Pirates wins. GHS head coach David Breazeale said Withey’s rebounding instincts are as good as he’s ever seen, and that Withey might’ve had a “puncher’s chance” at the District MVP award in a different district. Withey made First Team All-District 5-5A
  • Withey, Hunt lead Pirate basketball honorees
    HARD WORK PAYS OFF: Branden Hunt had a long road to becoming one of the standouts on the Granbury varsity. Along with teammate Gage Molinari, Hunt started his career on the ninth grade B team, but “lived in the gym,” accroding to Pirate coach David Breazeale, and emerged as a deadeye three-point shooter for Granbury this year. Hunt received Second team All-District 5-5A honors.

Withey, Hunt lead Pirate basketball honorees

Friday, March 20, 2020

The University Interscholastic League basketball season is, technically, still ongoing – the boys state championship tournament was suspended after the Class 3A semifinals last week, and no makeup date has been announced. But although there’s still a District 5-5A team in Mansfield Timberview alive in the playoffs, All-District teams have been released. Granbury senior Mikey Withey earned First Team All-District honors after finishing the season on a torrid run. He hit two buzzerbeaters to win games for the Pirates and averaged 11.5 rebounds per game as a guard. “In a lot of districts, he might have had a puncher’s chance at MVP,” Pirate head coach David Breazeale said. “I’ve coached a lot of kids, a lot of really good players, and I’ve never seen numbers like he had against Seguin (33 points, 16 rebounds, five assists) and Burleson (28 points, 22 rebounds). “He’s as good as anybody I’ve ever seen at judging misses. He had a lot of desire to get to the ball.” Branden Hunt, another senior, earned Second Team All-District honors. Along with classmate Gage Molinari, who received an honorable mention, Hunt rose from the ninth grade B team to a starting varsity role before his career ended. “I’ve told their story quite a bit to our kids, and even at the parent meeting,” Breazeale said. “The thing that I was seeing and hearing from other people, not just recently but all throughout high school, is that they just lived in the gym.” Junior McLain Golba also earned an honorable mention from the district. “He’s going to be the guy with the most varsity experience coming back,” Breazeale said. “His role will change. . “He was our best midrange guy, which is important to me and important in our offense.”


Like every other program, Granbury is missing out on valuable offseason practices. The Pirates relied on hot shooting nights to win last year. Breazeale said he was hoping to create a more consistent team by focusing on defense this spring. “We were going to spend a lot of time in this offseason really trying to address defensive issues,” he said. “I don’t know if we were going to fix them, but we were going to die trying.” Granbury went 3-11 in district play last year. District 5-5A had two teams, Timberview and Burleson Centennial, in the Region I-5A final. “(District 5-5A) never got beat by anybody but ourselves in the playoffs,” Breazeale said. “I’ve decided that we probably had the five best teams in the region.” “Nobody was a freebie for anybody.”



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