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District champs!

Greyhounds muzzle Cashmere Bulldogs

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Grandview's James Vela once again showed why he is one of the top basketball players in the state. Vela led the Greyhounds on Saturday, commanding them to an 85-70 win over Cashmere.

In less than a two-week span, the Grandview High School boys basketball team has taken out two of the top 2A teams in the state.

The first victim of the Greyhounds was Quincy. The latest victim happened to be considered the best 2A team in the state at the end of the regular season, Cashmere.

Grandview made the Bulldogs look like puppies this past Saturday night in the confines of the Sunnyside High School gymnasium. The Greyhounds whipped Cashmere 85-70 to win the District title and grab a top seed to the 2A State tournament at the Yakima SunDome beginning this Wednesday.

The Greyhounds drew the bottom half of the State tourney bracket, which means they will open on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. against Mt. Baker.

"They are going to be a tough first round (opponent)," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish. "They are real physical. They play real hard."

The Greyhounds will have to contend with 6'3" Levi Garrett, who was the MVP of the league in which Mt. Baker plays.

If Grandview gets past Mt. Baker on Wednesday night the Greyhounds could be in for a tough outing Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the Lynden Christian and Pullman game.

Also in Grandview's half of the State tourney bracket is Quincy/Castle Rock and Hoquiam/Steilacoom.

The Greyhounds go into the State tournament tied with Ridgefield for the best records, with both teams at 21-2.

"We probably got one of the tougher draws," said Parrish. "I don't think there is a team that stands out at State. It is pretty wide open. It is going to be interesting."

Grandview will be looking to continue its outstanding team play that it has exhibited the last few weeks, which Parrish said was instrumental in Saturday night's District title win.

Despite having three players in double digits, Cashmere was held at bay for most of the game.

One of the players Parrish was worried about going into the game was Michael Miller, whom Grandview held to only 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting.

The one player who did bring his top game for the Bulldogs was Phillip Frost, who pounded the ball inside for 25 points.

"They hurt us a little bit inside," said Parrish.

After a tight first quarter, which the Greyhounds won 21-17, James Vela took over the game for Grandview. The multi-talented point guard did as he has done in many games before, taking control of the show.

Vela hit a couple of 3-point shots and was able to get his teammates involved with the game to bust things open in the second quarter, which Grandview won 22-12.

Parrish said Cashmere stuck with a man defense for most of the game, but really didn't have an answer for Vela.

"Jimmy just took really good care of the ball," said Parrish.

The second quarter proved to be the difference in the game.

The Bulldogs made a few charges at Grandview in the second half, but never came close to cutting into the lead the Greyhounds built in the opening half.

"I kept waiting for them to make a run," said Parrish of Cashmere. "Our kids played with a lot of poise. They made a lot of good decisions."

In the fourth quarter the Greyhounds started to spread the floor, forcing Cashmere to come out and foul. The Greyhounds were a perfect 17-of-17 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and nailed 30-of-35 free throws for the game. Grandview made 21-of-21 free throws in the second half.

Grandview had four players in double digits in the scoring column, led by Chris Mejia, who had 25 points. Parrish said the Bulldogs went at Mejia on the offensive side, trying to get Grandview's big man into foul trouble.

Vela added 22 points for the Greyhounds and teammates Anthony Andrews and Cordero Cisneros added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Parrish said he also got some good production from his bench, most notably Brandon Artz and Brad Copeland.

The Bulldogs didn't take very many good shots in the game, hitting just 3-of-15 from behind the 3-point line and were 27-of-61 from the field.

Another notable statistic for the Greyhounds was their performance on the boards, as they outrebounded Cashmere 29 to 24. Of the 29 rebounds Grandview had, 22 of them were on the defensive glass.

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Grandview 21 22 15 27 85

Cashmere 17 12 13 28 70

Scoring: Grandview-Chris Mejia 25, James Vela 22, Anthony Andrews 13, Cordero Cisneros 10, Brad Copeland 5, Frankie Medina 4, Brandon Artz 3, Adam Dion 3.

Cashmere-Phillip Frost 25.

Rebounds: Chris Mejia 8, James Vela 6. Cordero Cisneros 4.

Assists: James Vela 5, Cordero Cisneros 4.

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