Going into Friday night's game, Grandview High School boys basketball coach Scott Parrish was concerned with how his players were going to combat the height of the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team.
The answer was rather simple; The Greyhounds just kept attacking the basket.
Grandview's explosive offensive proved to be too much for the Grizzlies, as the Greyhounds cruised to a 72-56 non-league victory.
"We just tried to front their big guys," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds played quite a bit of zone defense in the game, said Parrish, forcing Sunnyside to take several shots from the perimeter.
Parrish felt his team got off to a great start in the game, despite leading just 15-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Defense was the key during the Greyhounds' second quarter run.
"We were kind of mixing our presses up," said Parrish.
As a result, the Greyhounds were able to force a number of turnovers that led to points.
"We just played good defense in the first half," said Parrish.
Grandview's defense caused 14 Sunnyside turnovers, which led to 25 points.
Outscoring Sunnyside 23-14 in the second quarter, the Greyhounds were able to build a 38-28 halftime lead.
The Grizzlies also got into a bit of foul trouble in the first half. Parrish said he had his players try to beat the Grizzlies inside off the dribble, leading to a number of foul calls.
In the first half, Grandview made an astounding 17-of-20 free throws. The Greyhounds went 24-for-33 from the free throw line for the game. Compared to the Grizzlies, who made only 2-of-6 from the charity stripe in the first half and 12-of-19 for the game.
The Greyhounds also had a big first half from the 3-point line, nailing 3-of-4 shots.
In the first half, the Grizzlies were kept to the perimeter more and missed several 3-point shots, going just 2-for-10. The 3-point shot in many ways could have proven to be the downfall for the Grizzlies, who were only 4-for-23 from long distance for the game.
Parrish said at halftime he told his players to expect Sunnyside to make a run. Grandview was able to hold its ground in the third quarter, despite being outscored 15-8 in the period. Sunnyside was led by Noe Zamarron, 7 points, and Reid Schilperoort, 6 points, in the third period.
The Greyhounds got back on track in the fourth quarter, going back to a zone defense the team ran in the first quarter.
Grandview outscored Sunnyside 26-13 in the final frame.
Parrish said his team did a nice job of spreading the floor offensively, which allowed the Greyhounds to get better looks at the basket.
Chris Mejia led the Greyhounds in scoring with 27 points. Grandview's big man went 10-for-12 from the free throw line and 8-for-17 from the field. He also had four rebounds. James Vela had another nice game with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
One player Parrish was very impressed with was Adam Dion, who had 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Greyhounds (0-0, 3-0) host Prosser tonight (Monday).
1 2 3 4 T
Grandview 15 23 8 26 72
Sunnyside 14 14 15 13 56
Scoring: Grandview-Chris Mejia 27, James Vela 17, Anthony Andrews 13, Adam Dion 10, Cordero Cisneros 2, Brad Copeland 2, Brandon Artz 1.
Sunnyside-Reid Schilperoort 12, Jake Thomas 10.
Rebounds: James Vela 8, Adam Dion 7.
Assists: James Vela 4.