GRANDVIEW - It took the Grandview High School boys basketball team a while to get going in the Greyhounds season opener this past Saturday, but once they did it was sort of the same old story-a victory.
The Greyhounds overcame a slow start and poor free throw shooting to beat 3A Wapato this past Saturday night, 63-55.
"I was real happy," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish. "We played pretty well."
Parrish said the key for Grandview was the Greyhounds were able to start pounding the ball inside against a stingy Wapato defense.
Wapato started the game off with a burst, pulling out 9-2 on the Greyhounds. Parrish attributed the slow start to it being his team's first game of the year.
Grandview pulled back into the game by attacking the basket. The Greyhounds ended the first quarter tied at 14 with Wapato.
It was in the second quarter when the Greyhounds started to pull away with the game. Grandview outscored Wapato 16-7 in the period for a 30-21 lead at the half.
Parrish said the difference in the game was that second quarter run by the Greyhounds. Wapato couldn't handle Grandview's press, resulting in a lot of turnovers. The Greyhounds forced the Wolfpack to cough up the ball 19 times in the game, resulting in 19 points.
The two teams played rather evenly in the second half, with Wapato outscoring Grandview 34-33.
The Greyhounds had a dismal second half at the free throw line, shooting just 3-for-11. Grandview was 9-for-20 from the charity stripe for the game while Wapato went 11-for-16.
The Greyhounds were led in scoring by Chris Mejia and James Vela, 13 points apiece.
Parrish said Mejia was able to put back quite a few offensive rebounds for points. Grandview outscored Wapato 16 to 6 on second chance points. Parrish said Vela did a nice job of driving to the basket.
Parrish also had praise for the play of Cordero Cisneros against Wapato's top player, Marshall Juarez. Juarez scored 13 points to lead the Wolfpack, but Parrish said Cisneros' play really contained Juarez.
What kept Wapato in the game was its shooting from the 3-point line, going 6-for-18 for the game. The Greyhounds, who are usually deadly from downtown, only went 2-for-6 from 3-point land.
Grandview (0-0, 1-0) travels to Prosser Tuesday night.
"I expect them to come out and press us," said Parrish. "They have a lot of quick guys."
1 2 3 4 T
Wapato 14 7 20 14 55
Grandview 14 16 19 14 63
Scoring: Grandview - Chris Mejia 13, James Vela 13, Cordero Cisneros 10, Anthony Andrews 7, Adam Dion 7, Frankie Medina 6, Brandon Artz 3, Brad Copeland 2, Nate Zavala 2.
Wapato - Marshall Juarez 13, Bud Herrera 11, Brandon Brown 11.
Rebounds: Chris Mejia 8, Anthony Andrews 6, Cordero Cisneros 6, James Vela 5.
Assists: James Vela 6, Cordero Cisneros 5.