BENTON CITY - The big showdown proved to be a big dud as the Grandview High School boys basketball team proved its superiority in grand fashion this past Friday night.
The Greyhounds humbled the highly touted Quincy, which finished the regular season second in the 2A boys State rankings. The only team ahead of the Jackrabbits in the State polls was league rival Cashmere, which the Greyhounds will be playing this Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m. at Sunnyside High School for the District crown and a top seed to State. The Greyhounds are in the State tournament, which starts next week at the SunDome, regardless of what happens in the District title game on Saturday.
With the exception of the first quarter, the Jackrabbits were never in the game, on their way to a humbling 73-49 loss.
"I was real proud of them," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish of his players. "They worked real hard all week."
The game started out real close, as the Greyhounds were trying to feel their way around Quincy. Grandview took the opening quarter 17-16. But the middle two quarters would be when the Greyhounds would start hitting on all cylinders.
As usual, James Vela ran the show for the Greyhounds. Vela had a nice game at the point, dropping in 16 points, grabbing six rebounds and had a game-high seven assists.
"Jimmy just had an awesome game," said Parrish.
The difference in the game was that the Greyhounds hit their shots once the first quarter got out of the way.
Quincy was 17-of-47 for the game from the field. The Jackrabbits had a poor second half, hitting just 6-of-24 shots from the field and going 2-for-9 from 3-point range. Quincy took a ton of 3-point shots, hitting only 4-of-16. The Jackrabbits were decent at the free throw line, nailing 11-of-15.
The Greyhounds shot like madmen this past Friday night. Grandview hit 26-of-43 shots from the field (60.5 percent) for the game. The Greyhounds were 12-of-14 from the field in the second half. Grandview also had a pretty decent showing from 3-point range, nailing 9-of-16 for the game. The Greyhounds shot 70 percent at the free throw line, making 12-of-17 shots.
The momentum of the game changed for Grandview with a 23-10 run in the second quarter.
"The kids kind of relaxed in the second quarter," said Parrish.
Parrish said his players were getting wide open shots that were falling. The offensive success Grandview was having was backed up on the defensive end, said Parrish.
"We played really good defense," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds looked to slow down the game in the second half.
"We kind of spread the floor," said Parrish. "We were trying to take a lot of time (off the clock)."
After outscoring Quincy 18-5 in the third quarter, the Jackrabbits came at Grandview in the final period.
"They were trapping us," said Parrish. "We played with some poise."
Quincy outscored Grandview 18-15 in the fourth quarter.
The Jackrabbits had a hard time defending Chris Mejia with their zone defense, said Parrish. Mejia had a game-high 21 points. Parrish said the Jackrabbits couldn't contain Mejia because of the way they run their zone. Parrish said Quincy had to choose who it wanted to guard because of the way Grandview was able to move the ball.
Parrish is expecting a bit harder time this Saturday against Cashmere in the District title game.
"We have a pretty good idea of what they are about," said Parrish. "They are real tough. They are real fundamental."
1 2 3 4 T
Quincy 16 10 5 18 49
Grandview 17 23 18 15 73
Scoring: Grandview-Chris Mejia 21, James Vela 16, Anthony Andrews 15, Adam Dion 12, Nate Zavala 3, Cordero Cisneros 2, Brad Copeland 2, Andrew Michels 2.
Quincy-Matt Medina 19.
Rebounds: James Vela 6, Cordero Cisneros 6, Anthony Andrews 5.
Assists: James Vela 7, Cordero Cisneros 6.