YAKIMA - Going into Thursday night's game against Selah, Grandview High School boys basketball coach Scott Parrish was concerned about the match-up problems the Greyhounds would have without all-star Chris Mejia in the line-up. Parrish's concerns were well justified.
The Vikings took full advantage of the Greyhounds missing their leading scorer to hand Grandview its first loss of the season at the SunDome Shootout, winning 63-55.
"They match up pretty well with us," said Parrish.
Being without Mejia was bad enough, but things didn't help Grandview when floor general James Vela got into foul trouble and had to go to the bench in the first half.
Selah won the opening quarter 16-11, which left the Greyhounds in an early hole.
"We didn't play good defense in the first quarter," said Parrish.
Parrish said Brandon Artz, who played very well the previous night against Chewelah, also got into foul trouble in the first half.
Grandview got back into the game in the second quarter, winning the period 16-15 to trail 31-27 at the break.
The Vikings were able to hang on to their slim halftime lead with a 10-7 run in the third period, as both teams were locked in a defensive battle.
The barn doors flew open in the final period, as Selah had to muster all the offense it could to stave off a Grandview charge at the end of the game. Selah was able to hold on winning the final period 22-21.
Grandview cut Selah's lead to two points with 90 seconds to go. But after Grandview missed a shot, Artz was called on an iffy foul on an inbounds pass that he looked like he stole. Selah put the game away with free throws down the stretch.
The Greyhounds were sparked in the fourth quarter by Anthony Andrews, who had a team-high 16 points. Andrews finally was able to get away from the stingy defenses that have been plaguing him all season to explode against the Vikings. Andrews nailed a couple of huge 3 pointers in the fourth quarter, said Parrish.
Grandview in many ways was its own worst enemy. Parrish said in the fourth quarter Grandview missed three easy lay-ins that could have made the difference in the game.
But Grandview climbed back into the game using a dominating press that led to some turnovers.
"Our press kind of caused some problems for them," said Parrish.
Selah did several things well in last night's game, said Parrish.
"They shot real well from the perimeter," said Parrish. "They moved the ball real well."
Selah hit five 3-pointers on the night.
Parrish said Grandview struggled without Mejia against the 1-2-2 defensive look the Vikings threw at the Greyhounds for the entire game.
The usually balanced Grandview offensive was held in check last night, as Adam Dion was the only Greyhound in double digits in the scoring column, dropping in 14 points. The Vikings did a good job of holding Vela, who is consistently one of the leading scorers for Grandview, to 9 points.
Selah was led in scoring by Dane Peterson's game-high 20 points. The Vikings also had Trevor Brink and Kyle Smeback in double digits with 16 points apiece.
The Greyhounds (0-0, 6-1) begin league play Saturday, Jan. 8, at Connell.