Wednesday, February 25, 2004
SELAH - There were times in last night's 3A first round Regional tournament game between the Selah High School boys basketball team and Grandview where it looked as if the Greyhounds were still sitting on the bus.
The Vikings trampled the Greyhounds in last night's loser-out contest, winning 72-34.
"They were on fire," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish of Selah.
The loss ended Grandview's final season in the Mid-Valley League. The Greyhounds (9-5, 15-9) will be playing in the 2A Central Washington Athletic Conference next year.
The night definitely belonged to Selah's Erik Bell, who put on a show for Viking fans on their home court. Bell had 30 of the Vikings' 72 points in last night's game.
"Bell was just on," said Parrish.
Bell finished the night 12-of-15 from the field, hitting 5-of-6 from 3-point land.
The Greyhounds made a game of it in the first quarter. Gabe Reyes was key in the opening period for Grandview, hitting four free throws to give the Greyhounds an early 6-3 lead.
Grandview's troubles started about midway through the opening period when the Greyhounds went scoreless for nearly a four-minute stretch. Back-to-back buckets gave the Vikings a 10-6 lead, but with under a minute Grandview's Chris Mejia hit a bucket to pull them within two to end the quarter.
The Vikings put their stamp on the game in the second quarter, as the Greyhounds couldn't get anything to fall through the hoop.
Grandview spent much of the second quarter trying to pound the ball inside to its post players, Mejia and Reyes.
"We thought if we could get it inside that would open up some things on the perimeter," said Parrish.
The Vikings would have none of that, though, as they took away any good looks Grandview had underneath the basket.
Bell started off the second quarter by scoring the first five points for the Vikings, which included a 3-pointer with 6:42 left to give Selah a 15-10 lead.
The last dramatic gasps for the Greyhounds came at the 4:30 mark of the second quarter when Blake McFerran drove inside for a hoop to cut Grandview's deficit to 18-14.
That would be it for the Greyhounds, as Grandview couldn't handle Selah's pressure down the stretch of the first half. Selah capitalized on a couple of Greyhound turnovers. Selah took what proved to be a commanding 23-14 lead at the 3:07 mark of the second quarter following a 3-point bucket by Travis Pendleton. A couple of free throws and a 3-point bucket from Tyler Hesselgesser expanded Selah's lead to 28-16.
"The second quarter just got away from us," said Parrish.
Selah led 33-17 at the break and came out and iced the game in the third quarter. Selah opened the second half with a 3-pointer and another long ball with 6:29 left gave the Vikings a commanding 39-17 lead.
The Vikings outscored Grandview 19-9 in the third quarter and 20-8 in the fourth quarter.
A telling statistic for the Greyhounds was their performance from 3-point land. Grandview went 0-for-13 from behind the arc while the Vikings drained 10-of-15 long balls.
Parrish wanted to note the strong play of Reyes last night, who is one of four seniors the Greyhounds will lose off this year's squad. The other seniors are McFerran, Chris Concienne and Aaron Gonzalez.
Parrish is looking forward to returning to the 2A ranks, where the Greyhounds dominated boys basketball for several years.
"It will be kind of nice to be back in the CWAC," said Parrish.