All in all, Tuesday night's jamboree pairing between the Sunnyside and Grandview high school boys basketball teams didn't mean much, but it sure was fun to watch.
The Grizzlies squeaked out a 39-36 victory over Sunnyside in a thrilling jamboree game at Sunnyside High School.
"It went as expected," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish of the jamboree. "I was real impressed with Sunnyside."
Grandview was one of five teams competing at Tuesday night's jamboree in Sunnyside.
The Greyhounds opened the jamboree against Prosser. Statistics from the Prosser game were not available.
The format for the jamboree had each school playing their A and B squads in two five-minute periods. The B squads, consisting mainly of junior varsity players, took the court first.
Both B squad teams for Sunnyside and Grandview put up quite a battle.
The Greyhounds B squad took an early 3-0 lead following a long ball from Andrew Michels. Efren Duran came back for the Grizzlies with a 3 ball of his own to tie things early. The Greyhounds took an 11-10 lead at the end of the first period following Nate Zavala hitting a free throw shot. Zavala would give Grandview's B squad its last lead when he hit a bucket midway through the second quarter to put Grandview up 13-12. Sunnyside's B squad answered back with scores from Ryan Engel and Eric Crimp. Brandon Coleman gave the B squad a 17-13 lead after grabbing a stolen ball for a lay-up with two seconds left.
In the A squad pairing, Sunnyside's Reid Schilperoort proved a problem for Grandview's defense, scoring the Grizzlies' first 8 points. Parrish said he was impressed with Schilperoort, whom he said has picked up his game from last year.
In the opening quarter of the A squad game, Grandview found itself down 27-20 at one point, but buckets from Cordero Cisneros and James Vela cut into the Grizzlies' lead.
In the final period, Grandview cut Sunnyside's lead to 29-26, following a bucket from Chris Mejia, who scored 6 points in the game. A couple of baskets from Cody Heckert, including a 3-pointer, kept the Grizzlies in the game. Sunnyside struggled in the final period against an in-your-face Grandview defense, coughing up the ball several times.
Trailing 39-30, Grandview went on a frenzy with 1:15 left. Vela, Frankie Medina and Mejia all scored for Grandview to put the Greyhounds within three points at 39-36. Grandview missed a 3-point at the buzzer to end the game.
Cisneros led Grandview's A squad in scoring with 7 points. Mejia dropped in 6. Vela and Medina each had 5 points. Michels led the B squad in scoring with 6 points.
"I was proud of them," said Parrish of his players. "They kept fighting."
Parrish said he liked how his guards were able to attack the basket against the Grizzlies. Overall, he was impressed with how his defense played.
Against Prosser, Parrish liked how his team played man-to-man defense, but felt the Greyhounds struggled in contesting shots.
Grandview will open its regular season at home this Saturday against Wapato. Parrish said if Grandview can handle Wapato's trapping defense it should do alright.