GRANDVIEW - The final homestand of the year for the Grandview High School boys basketball team didn't quite end the way the Greyhounds had hoped.
Grandview fell to third place in the Mid-Valley League (8-4, 13-5) with a weekend loss to Hanford, 57-54. The Falcons and Grandview are both tied for third place in the Mid-Valley League. The Greyhounds entered the game fresh off a double-overtime victory over Wapato, 67-63.
Selah took over the No. 2 spot in the Mid-Valley League, which the Greyhounds have owned for much of the season, after pulling off a surprise upset Friday night of West Valley, the No. 2 ranked 3A team in the state.
The Greyhounds, which have struggled the last few games, end the season with what should be two very tightly contested road games. Friday night, Grandview goes into Ellensburg and then finishes up the regular season at Selah on Saturday night. Grandview is hoping to pull off a weekend sweep as the Greyhounds try to regain the No. 2 seed to gain a first-round bye and an automatic Regional playoff berth.
Grandview Coach Scott Parrish said he was surprised and impressed with how hard Wapato played on the road Friday night.
"They really outhustled us," said Parrish. "They also shot the ball pretty well."
The key for Wapato was the Wolfpack was basically able to control the glass. Wapato outrebounded Grandview 37 to 27, including 17 to 10 on the offensive glass.
Wapato opened the game with a 16-11 burst, but Grandview climbed right back in, outscoring the Wolfpack 19-6 in the second period. Grandview led 30-22 at the break.
Wapato came back with a nice 15-point third quarter to pull within two of Grandview at 39-37. The Wolfpack won the fourth quarter 14-12, but it was a last second shot by Grandview's Chris Mejia that sent the game into overtime tied at 51.
In the first overtime, both teams posted 6-point periods. Grandview was up by 2 points with five seconds left on the clock when the Greyhounds were called for a foul beyond the 3-point line. Wapato sank two-of-three free throws to force a second overtime. Wapato was forced to foul late in the second overtime, which accounted for the final difference, 67-63.
Grandview stayed in the game with the long ball. The Greyhounds shot 7-for-22 from the 3-point line while Wapato was 4-for-19.
After not going to the free throw line in the first half, the Greyhounds sank 10-of-14 free throws, which helped them win the game. Wapato was 9-of-12 from the line.
Parrish said Wapato was able to penetrate well inside.
"They got into the key too often," said Parrish. "Bad things happen when you let them get in the paint."
Chris Mejia and Anthony Andrews led the Greyhounds in scoring against Wapato with 26 and 20 points, respectively.
A miserable shooting night from everyone but Mejia highlighted the Greyhounds' efforts Saturday night at home against Hanford.
Mejia scored 28 for the Greyhounds in their 57-54 loss.
"Chris did a good job," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds struggled from long distance, hitting just 3-of-25 from 3-point land.
"We couldn't make a shot from the 3-point line," said Parrish. "Our shooters had a bad night."
Parrish said defensively Grandview played well, even saying his Greyhounds had a better effort against Hanford then they did the previous night.
The problem for Grandview was that the Greyhounds didn't match up well inside with the Falcons.
"They like to go inside," said Parrish. "They are pretty big."
The presence of the Falcons inside the paint was evident in the number of times they went to the free throw line. The Falcons hit 13-of-21 free throws while Grandview was just 7-of-11.
The Falcons also had a better shooting night from the field, draining 20-of-40 shots. The Greyhounds were 22-of-60.
"We expect to shoot a lot better," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds overcame a 28-25 halftime deficit to pull ahead 44-39 going into the final frame. The Falcons outscored Grandview 18-10 in the fourth quarter, never relinquishing the lead with three minutes left in the game.
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1 2 3 4 5 6 T
Wapato 16 6 15 14 6 6 63
Grandview 11 19 9 12 6 10 67
Scoring: Grandview-Chris Mejia 26, Anthony Andrews 20, James Vela 11, Aaron Gonzalez 6, Blake McFerran 4.
Wapato-Brandon Brown 21.
Rebounds: Chris Mejia 9, James Vela 5.
Assists: Blake McFerran 9.
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Hanford 9 19 11 18 57
Grandview 7 18 19 10 54
Scoring: Chris Mejia 28, Gabe Reyes 8, Aaron Gonzalez 6, James Vela 5, Cordero Cisneros 4, Anthony Andrews 3.
Hanford: Admir Beribak 23.
Rebounds: Chris Mejia 10.
Assists: Blake McFerran 4, Cordero Cisneros 4.