PROSSER - Basketball is about establishing the tone of a game. That is what the Grandview High School boys basketball team did Tuesday night and did it early, as the Greyhounds ran past 3A Prosser, 68-52.
"We got off to a lot better start (than we did against Wapato on Saturday night)," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish.
The Greyhounds stormed out to a 19-8 first quarter lead. Parrish said Prosser came out with a strong pressure defense, but Grandview was able to cut and drive to the basket.
One area where the Greyhounds excelled last night was being able to space the floor to create scoring opportunities, said Parrish. Parrish said with the defense Prosser was using Grandview was able to effectively run its motion offense.
The Greyhounds, though, did run into some problems in the second quarter, as a couple of Grandview players got into foul trouble.
The Mustangs outscored Grandview 11-8 in the second quarter to trail 27-19 at the break.
Prosser couldn't take advantage of the Greyhounds' foul problems. The Mustangs finished 11-of-24 for the game from the free throw line.
Grandview came out in the second half and put together a nice third quarter, said Parrish.
On the defensive side, Parrish said the Greyhounds were able to take Prosser out of its game.
"We put a lot of pressure on the ball," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds shot 57 percent from the field in the second half, going 16-for-28. The Greyhounds were also a solid 9-for-15 from the free throw line in the second half.
The Greyhounds were stingy on the defensive glass, grabbing 23 boards. Grandview outrebounded Prosser for the game 33 to 26. The Greyhounds also won the battle for second chance points, outscoring Prosser 11 to 2.
Grandview was led in scoring by its big man, Chris Mejia, who had 14 points.
"I was impressed with Chris," said Parrish. "He really looked to get other people involved."
Also scoring in double digits for the Greyhounds last night were Frankie Medina and Anthony Andrews, 12 points apiece, and James Vela, 11.
Grandview moved to 2-0 on the season heading into Friday night's huge non-league game in Sunnyside against the Grizzlies.
"They look pretty good," said Parrish. "Their size is going to cause us some problems."
1 2 3 4 T
Grandview 19 8 23 18 68
Prosser 8 11 15 18 52
Scoring: Grandview-Chris Mejia 14, Frankie Medina 12, Anthony Andrews 12, James Vela 11, Adam Dion 6, Brandon Artz 6, Cordero Cisneros 4, Nate Zavala 2.
Prosser-Kyle Edwards 8.
Rebounds: James Vela 7, Cordero Cisneros 7.
Assists: James Vela 5.