Wednesday, January 21, 2004
PROSSER - The Prosser High School boys basketball team probably left the court last night wishing the game with Grandview had been postponed again.
The Greyhounds met up with the Mustangs last night in a game that was postponed from Jan. 6 because of the weather.
Grandview dominated a hapless Prosser team, winning 57-38.
The Mustangs probably felt they were going to see the same Grandview team that they played in a pre-season jamboree at Sunnyside, where they outhustled the Greyhounds.
Grandview Coach Scott Parrish said his players decided they weren't going to let what happened at the jamboree at the beginning of the year with Prosser take place last night.
"We came out and played hard," said Parrish. "We played pretty well."
Turnovers simply buried the Mustangs. Prosser had 17 turnovers to only eight from Grandview, and the Greyhounds only coughed up the ball once in the first half. Grandview outscored Prosser 26 to 5 on points off turnovers.
The Greyhounds set the tempo of the game early, taking it to Prosser 17-9 in the first quarter. Grandview expanded on its eight-point lead in the second quarter with a 16-10 burst. Grandview led 33-19 at the break.
"Turnovers are key," said Parrish. "We really pressured them."
The Greyhounds opened the second half with a 10-5 spurt before Parrish went to the bench. Both teams finished the game with 14-point fourth quarters.
Parrish was concerned as some of his starting players, Chris Mejia and Blake McFerran, got into foul trouble early on in the game. Parrish was pleased with the effort of his bench, which outscored Prosser's 22-13.
Parrish also noted the play of Nate Zavala, who will be playing the rest of the year for the injured Adam Dion. Dion sustained a season-ending injury to his left knee this past Saturday against Ellensburg.
"He had a really nice game," Parrish said Zavala, who had 6 points for Grandview.
Despite being outrebounds 32-31, Parrish felt his team played well on the boards against a large Prosser line-up. The Greyhounds' offensive rebounds were key in the game last night. Grandview nabbed 13 offensive boards to Prosser's 11, but the Greyhounds converted those into 20 second chance points. The Mustangs only scored 7 second chance points.
Parrish said the effort was there for Grandview in last night's game.
"I was really happy with the way the guys attacked the basket," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds moved to 4-2 in Mid-Valley League play and 9-3 on the season. Grandview is a game up on Selah for second place in the Mid-Valley League. The Vikings enter the Greyhound den this Friday night. Parrish said he is hoping his team can play well against Selah, as the Greyhounds look to cement their lock on the No. 2 seed. But Parrish is also worried about Saturday's encounter at Sunnyside, as the Greyhounds begin the second half of the league season. The Grizzlies are fresh off a win over Hanford last night. Parrish is also concerned with Jake Thomas returning. Thomas didn't play the first time the Grizzlies and Greyhounds hooked-up.
"They (Sunnyside) are a scary team," said Parrish. "It is going to be interesting."
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1 2 3 4 T
Grandview 17 16 10 14 57
Prosser 9 10 5 14 38
Scoring: Grandview-Chris Mejia 12, Anthony Andrews 12, Aaron Gonzalez 12, James Vela 7, Nate Zavala 6, Chris Concienne 2, Cordero Cisneros 2, Blake McFerran 2, Gabe Reyes 2.
Prosser-Cody Nichols 9.
Rebounds: James Vela 7, Anthony Andrews 5.
Assists: Blake McFerran 4.
Steals: Blake McFerran 4.