Elks blast Granbury
Junior Jaylen Johnson played a pivotal role in Burleson’s first boys basketball victory over Granbury in several years.
Johnson scored a game-high 25 points as the Elks opened District 9-5A play with a 70-58 victory Friday night over the Pirates.
Burleson started off slowly trailing the Pirates, 12-7, in the first quarter before end the quarter with 13-12 lead.
The Elks used a 21-19 run to take a 34-31 lead into halftime. Leading 49-44 after three quarters of play, Burleson finished off the Pirates by outscoring them 21-14 in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Burleson coach Alan DuBose said. “But we didn’t shoot three-pointers well (5-24). We won the game by making 77 percent of our free throws. Our defense also helped us out.”
To go along with Johnson’s 25 points, Logan Potts scored 11 points and Joe Lutka scored 10 points.
Granbury was led by Eric Kirschner’s 16 points. Mason Hix tossed in 14 points and Michael Horne added 10 points.
The Elks defeated Haltom Tuesday, 70-56.
This season’s version of the Burleson boys basketball team is already ahead of last season’s squad according to Dubose and they should be even better after playing at the prestigious Fibermax Caprock Classic in Lubbock next week.
“This group has already come together more than the team did last season,” Dubose said. “I think going out of town is going to help them even more.”
The Elks open play in the three-day tournament Thursday against Lake Travis in the G. Boren Bracket. DuBose is pleased his team will have the opportunity to improve before resuming district play Jan. 3 at Joshua.
“We kind of got our feet wet in district Friday and now we have some time off,” DuBose said. “It’s a lot better when you win the first district game because than if you lose it because you have to wait all that time before you try and get another district win.”
Burleson 70, Granbury 58
Granbury 12 19 13 14 - 58
Burleson 13 21 15 21 - 70
Granbury (0-1 in district): Eric Kirschner 16, Mason Hix 14, Michael Horne 12, Dalton Kennington 7, Corey Cheek 3, Brendan King 3, Schmidt 3.
Burleson (1-0): Jaylen Johnson 25, Logan Potts 11, Joe Lutka 10, Josiah Sneed 7, Isaiah Baldwin 4, Dalton Lane 4, Calvin Williams 4, Isaiah Nelson 3, Justin McMaster 2.