Tuesday, January 18, 2005
YAKIMA - It was nothing quite like their classic game for the 2002 2A State basketball championship, but nonetheless, the Grandview and Chelan high school boys basketball teams served as an entertaining prelude to last night's main event at the Tourneytown.com Shootout.
The Greyhounds and Goats graced the floor of the Yakima SunDome as the prelude to the featured game of the Tourneytown.com Shootout between Eisenhower and Davis. Grandview exploded for an early lead and never looked back in its 56-40 route of Chelan.
"We did a good job of attacking the basket," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish. "We were able to execute and our defense played pretty well."
Parrish said one part of the game he was really pleased with was the way his team took care of the basketball. Grandview, which has been struggling somewhat with turnovers lately, only had six turnovers in the premiere venue of the Yakima Valley.
The turning point in the game came midway through the first half, said Parrish. Chelan took an early 7-5 lead, but Grandview went on a 17-2 run during the end of the first quarter and early in the second quarter to basically put the game away.
The Greyhounds led 20-9 at the end of the first quarter and took the second period 11-9 to lead 31-18 at the break.
Chelan struggled in vain to come back against an aggressive Grandview offense that was almost able to run the floor at will.
The Goats won the third quarter 11-10, but the Greyhounds put the icing on the cake with a 15-11 outing in the fourth quarter.
Grandview was led in scoring by James Vela, who dropped in a team-high 15 points. Vela also had eight rebounds and five assists in an all-around nice outing. Adam Dion had another rock solid game for the Greyhounds with 13 points while Anthony Andrews added 8. Cordero Cisneros and Brandon Artz scored 7 and 6 points, respectively for Grandview. Brad Copeland and Frankie Medina rounded out the scoring for the Greyhounds with 4 and 3 points, respectively.
Parrish said he knew pretty much what to expect from Chelan because the teams have played against one another several times since the 2002 championship game.
Parrish said he was kind of surprised by the full court press Chelan implemented defensively. He said the Greyhounds were able to run their press breaker and get a couple of easy hoops in transition.
Grandview also clamped down on Chelan's leading scorer, Lane Nelson, who had a quiet, game-high 17 points.
"We really tried to focus on him," said Parrish. "We did a lot of switching on him."
The Greyhounds (2-1, 9-2) have a tough weekend ahead of them, traveling to Naches on Friday and hosting East Valley on Saturday.