GRANDVIEW - Anthony Andrews has played consistently all year for the Grandview High School boys basketball team. This past Saturday night, Andrews stepped it up a notch for the Greyhounds in their Mid-Valley League opener against Sunnyside.
Andrews scored 19 points, which included making 4-of-7 from 3-point land, to lead the Greyhounds past Sunnyside 73-58.
The Grizzlies were without their leading scorer, 6'6" Jake Thomas, who hurt his leg in a four-wheeling accident.
"Without Jake in there, it changed the whole look of the game for us," said Sunnyside Coach Steve Urrutia.
"We didn't have the greatest of efforts. Mentally, we weren't in it," Urrutia added.
Sunnyside was also missing the services of 6'3" senior Joe Tolick, who quit the team earlier in the week.
With the Grizzlies out of sync, Grandview was able to have its way against Sunnyside.
"We played very well defensively," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish. "We kind of switched up our defense and played a little zone."
Parrish said Sunnyside couldn't convert on the open shots Grandview gave up, which the Greyhounds fed off of going the other way.
Going into Saturday's game, Parrish was a bit concerned about the two-week layoff Grandview had. But his Greyhounds showed little rust against the Grizzlies.
"I was extremely happy," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds busted open the game in the middle two quarters. Grandview led 16-15 after the first period and broke open the game with a 19-10 scoring burst in the second period, which game the 'Hounds a 35-26 advantage at the half.
Andrews had three 3-pointers for Grandview in the first quarter.
"Anthony played well," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds went on a 21-11 run in the third quarter to pull away with the game. Parrish said the Greyhounds took advantage once again in the third quarter with the missed shots of Sunnyside.
Grandview put in its bench towards the end of the game, which allowed the Grizzlies to outscore Grandview 22-17 in the final quarter.
Statistically, the Greyhounds dominated Saturday night.
Grandview shot 13-for-34 from the field in the first half, going 25-for-55 for the game. Grandview also hit 7-of-16 3-pointers while the Grizzlies were just 4-for-18 with the long ball. Grandview also made the most of its trips to the free throw line. After going just 3-for-5 from the charity stripe in the opening half, the Greyhounds sank 13-of-19 free throws in the last two quarters. Sunnyside was 8-of-18 for the game from the free throw line.
Grandview's bench outscored Sunnyside's 26-12 in the game.
Another telling statistic from Saturday night was the rebounds. Grandview outboarded Sunnyside 39 to 29, with 30 of the Greyhounds' rebounds coming off the defensive glass.
Parrish was particularly impressed with the play of Adam Dion, who had nine rebounds, eight of which were defensive.
"He just made some really good decisions," said Parrish.
Parrish also felt James Vela provided some good minutes for Grandview with 9 points and six rebounds.
One of Grandview's main threats, Chris Mejia, found himself in foul trouble Saturday night. Mejia finished with 8 points and seven boards.
Despite losing its conference opener by 15 points, Urrutia said two of his players turned in solid efforts. He credited 6'3" junior Reid Schilperoort with a fine overall performance, which included scoring a team high 14 points on 5-of-11 field goal shooting.
Urrutia also praised the play of 5'10" junior Pete Marquez, who was elevated to varsity Saturday night with Thomas and Tolick out of the line-up. Marquez only scored 5 points, but led the Grizzlies on the glass, scraping down a team high six rebounds.
"And he got those six boards playing just 12 minutes," said Urrutia. "He's one of those kids who's got that nasty streak in him...he doesn't mind going inside and battling for the ball, working against bigger kids to come away with the rebound.
"It's a little frustrating that some of the other kids who are getting a lot more time on the floor aren't working as hard as Pete. We'll definitely be taking a look at Pete getting more time on the varsity," Urrutia added.
Sunnyside (0-1, 1-6) is scheduled to host Selah this Tuesday night.
Grandview (1-0, 6-1) travels down the road Tuesday night to play Prosser.
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Sunnyside 15 10 11 22 58
Grandview 16 19 21 17 73
Scoring: Grandview-Anthony Andrews 19, James Vela 9, Blake McFerran 9, Chris Mejia 8, Aaron Gonzalez 7, Adam Dion 6, Cordero Cisneros 5, Nate Zavala 2, Brad Copeland 2, Chris Concienne 1.
Sunnyside-Reid Schilperoort 14, Jessie Ramirez 11, Kyle Van de Graaf 9, Noe Zamarron 7, Tony Cantu 5, Pete Marquez 5, Michael Sanchez 3, Derrick Simmons 2, Cody Heckert 2.
Rebounds: Grandview-Adam Dion 9, Chris Mejia 7, James Vela 6, Cordero Cisneros 6.
Sunnyside-Pete Marquez 6, Kyle Van de Graaf 5, Tony Cantu 4, Reid Schilperoort 4.
Assists: Grandview-Blake McFerran 6.
Sunnyside-Noe Zamarron 3.