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Greyhounds take third-ranked Rams to the limit

GRANDVIEW - There is always something different about playing basketball at Grandview High School. And the West Valley boys basketball team found out last night just how hard it is to come into the pound and walk out with a victory.

The Rams, the third-ranked 3A team in the state, needed two extra sessions to get past Grandview. West Valley went on an 11-2 run in the second overtime period behind a couple of 3-pointers from E.J. Schoen to pull away from Grandview, winning 61-52.

"I was real pleased with our effort," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish.

The Rams had an impressive first half, noted Parrish. West Valley shot 11-for-20 from the field and hit 5-of-9 3-pointers. West Valley was also 4-of-4 from the free throw line to take a 31-19 lead at the break.

Grandview was sluggish from the field in the first half, connecting on just 8-of-23 shots from the field. The Greyhounds hit 3-of-6 3-pointers, but couldn't get to the foul line at all in the first half.

Parrish noted the Greyhounds' inability to get to the foul line in the game was a problem. Grandview was just 3-of-5 from the charity stripe while the Rams were a solid 13-of-20 from the free throw line.

Parrish also said West Valley hurt Grandview on the boards, especially in the first half. West Valley outrebounded Grandview 29 to 19. The Rams held a distinct advantage on the defensive glass, nabbing 20 boards to Grandview's 13.

West Valley's highly touted Andrew Strait found the confines of Grandview High School to be unfriendly. Strait had just 13 points in the game. Parrish said the Greyhounds stuck in a zone defense and kept two players, mainly Gabe Reyes, glued to Strait.

Schoen ended up being the player that hurt Grandview. Schoen dumped in 23 points and had six rebounds. He was 9-of-19 from the field and hit 5-of-11 3-pointers, including those two in the second overtime.

Parrish was impressed with his team's ability to rebound in the second half. Grandview climbed back into the game with a 16-6 run in the third quarter. Adam Dion and Anthony Andrews hit a couple of 3-pointers to start the second half for the Greyhounds. Parrish also said that his team's defensive pressure slowed down West Valley.

Grandview cut the deficit to 37-35 going into the fourth quarter. Grandview outscored West Valley 13-11 in the fourth quarter and sent the game into regulation when Aaron Gonzalez scored his only two points of the night off a break-away bucket.

In the extra period, both teams had one bucket apiece, forcing the second overtime, when Schoen busted loose for West Valley.

Chris Mejia had a standout game for the Greyhounds with 22 points.

"It was a good game," said Parrish.

. Mike Kantman can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or email him at mkantman@eaglenewspapers.com

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West Valley 15 16 6 11 2 11 61

Grandview 8 11 16 13 2 2 52

Scoring: Grandview-Chris Mejia 22, Anthony Andrews 9, Adam Dion 7, Blake McFerran 5, James Vela 4, Cordero Cisneros 3, Aaron Gonzalez 2.

West Valley-EJ Schoen 23, Corey Wehr 14, Andrew Strait 13.

Rebounds: Grandview-James Vela 5, Adam Dion 4, Anthony Andrews 4.

Assists: Grandview-Blake McFerran 7.

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