GRANDVIEW - Ouch! A stingy Grandview High School boys basketball team laid a whipping on 3A rival Prosser Monday night.
The Greyhounds used a stellar defensive outing combined with four players scoring in double digits to pound Prosser 80-42.
"I was real proud of the way we played," said Grandview High School Coach Scott Parrish.
The only drawback to last night's spectacular team effort by the Greyhounds was the loss of their big guy, Chris Mejia. Parrish said about three minutes into the game, Mejia, who had been nursing a knee injury from football season, came down on his leg wrong.
"Hopefully it is nothing serious," said Parrish.
Parrish, though, picked up a huge outing off the bench from reserve player Brad Copeland, who had 15 points and four rebounds.
"Brad had a really nice game when Chris went down," said Parrish.
Parrish said Copeland did a solid job of attacking the basket and putting some points on the board.
Copeland led the bench attack of the Greyhounds, which outscored Prosser's reserve players 30 to 8.
About the only thing that kept Prosser in the first half was some suspect officiating, which led to numerous foul calls against the Greyhounds.
Prosser made 18-of-24 free throws in the first half, compared to Grandview, which went 5-for-6 from the line.
Parrish said he was bothered by the foul calls, as Grandview wasn't even really challenging Prosser on defense until half-court.
"We weren't even pressing them," said Parrish. "We were just falling back."
Grandview had an impressive first half, posting identical 23 point quarters in the first two periods. The Mustangs scored 27 points in the first half, nine of which didn't come from the free throw line.
After a sluggish start to the season against Wapato, Parrish said his players have come out with a lot more focus to start a game.
"They just want to play hard," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds slammed the door shut in the second half, outscoring Prosser 17-5 in the third quarter and 17-10 in the final frame.
"We did a great job defensively," said Parrish. "We just kind of shut them down. It is just a lot of good teamwork (we are implementing)."
Prosser was dismal statistically, shooting just 9-for-49 from the field for the game. Most of the Mustangs' points came from the free throw line, where they went 23-for-33.
Grandview had a pretty solid statistical game, shooting 31-for-64 from the field and 14-for-18 from the free throw line. The Greyhounds also had a strong outing on the boards, outrebounding Prosser 41 to 33.
Parrish received a nice outing from Cordero Cisneros, who had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
"It was nice to see him get going last night," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds also had another solid effort from James Vela, who had 15 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Grandview turned 22 Prosser turnovers into 31 points.
The Greyhounds (0-0, 4-0) host Cascade this Saturday in a non-league game.
"That is one team I haven't seen," said Parrish. "Last year, they had a lot of size. I am going into this off what I saw last year."
1 2 3 4 T
Prosser 10 17 5 10 42
Grandview 23 23 17 17 80
Scoring: Grandview-James Vela 15, Brad Copeland 15, Adam Dion 15, Cordero Cisneros 12, Anthony Andrews 6, Frankie Medina 5, Aaron Vela 4, Nate Zavala 4, Chris Mejia 2, Brandon Artz 2.
Prosser-Cody Bruns 12.
Rebounds: Cordero Cisneros 11, Brandon Artz 7.
Assists: Frankie Medina 7, James Vela 5.