YAKIMA - Whistle happy officiating is perhaps the best way to describe why the opening round game at the 2A State boys basketball tournament at the Yakima SunDome was so close for the Grandview Greyhounds.
In a game where a combined 50 fouls were called between the two teams, the Greyhounds pulled away from Mt. Baker behind a third quarter surge from Anthony Andrews to beat the Mountaineers 55-48.
Grandview will now face Pullman, which pulled off an upset of sorts over Lynden Christian on the opening day of State, tonight at 7:30 p.m. The winner of tonight's game between Grandview and Pullman will face the winner of the Quincy/Steilacoom game on Friday night at 9 p.m. for a berth to the State title game on Saturday.
"It was a pretty physical game," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish. "We didn't play real well. We just kind of found a way to win."
Cordero Cisneros, who had a solid, all-around night, scored the opening points of the State tournament for the Greyhounds, converting a bucket and a foul shot to give Grandview an early 3-2 lead at the 6:14 mark.
Chris Mejia would sink two free throws later in the first quarter, but it would be just about the last of the points Grandview's all-star would rack up. The Mountaineers spent a lot of time focusing on Grandview's big man, holding him to just 3 points.
Despite Mt. Baker getting into foul trouble early in the game, the Greyhounds were never quite able to take advantage of the Mountaineers' miscues. Grandview shot just 26-for-41 at the free throw line for the game.
The Greyhounds led 9-4 at the end of the first quarter, shooting 16 percent from the field. The Greyhounds were, though, a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line in the opening period. Mt. Baker was a dismal 2-for-17 from the field in the first quarter and didn't make it to the free throw line once.
The woes of the Greyhounds started to surface at the free throw line in the second quarter, when Grandview was just 6-for-13 while going 4-for-9 from the field. The Mountaineers were 4-for-19 from the field in the second quarter and 5-for-5 from the free throw line, a performance that kept Mt. Baker in the game.
The Greyhounds pulled away at the end of the first half behind a 3-pointer from James Vela, who had a game-high 16 points. Vela's 3 and two free throws from Adam Dion and another from Andrews gave Grandview a 24-17 lead at the break.
Who knows what got into Andrews at the break, but he came out and exploded on Mt. Baker, scoring 14 of his 15 points for the game in the third period.
Andrews canned a 3-pointer in the first minute of the second half to extend the Greyhounds' lead to 27-17. Besides a putback off a missed field goal attempt by Cisneros from Vela, Andrews would score the rest of the points for the Greyhounds in the third quarter. Andrews had three 3-pointers in the third quarter and converted another 3-point play after hitting a bucket and being fouled.
Grandview was able to establish a lot more of the tempo it is used to dictating in games as foul calls didn't play that much of a role to start the second half. The Greyhounds were the only team to make it to the free throw line in the third quarter, hitting 1-of-1.
The Greyhounds outscored Mt. Baker 16-9 in the third quarter behind 6-of-14 shooting from the field. Mt. Baker was 4-for-9 from the field in the third quarter.
Mt. Baker made a run in the fourth quarter, outscoring Grandview 22-15, but it was too little, too late for the Mountaineers.
The Greyhounds were outscored 6-0 to start the fourth quarter. Dion finally stopped the bleeding for Grandview, hitting a key 3-pointer to put Grandview up 43-32 with 5:54 to go.
The closest Mt. Baker got in the game was 47-43 with 1:57 to go. The Mountaineers missed a golden opportunity to climb back in the game late when a technical foul was called against the Grandview bench, after a foul call against the Greyhounds with 43 seconds to go in the game and Mt. Baker down by seven points. In the end, Mt. Baker missed 3-of-4 free throws and was denied on the ensuing possession.
Grandview hit 12-of-20 free throws in the fourth quarter and Mt. Baker was 11-for-14 at the free throw line.
Parrish admitted he felt some of the foul calls in the game were hard to figure out, but was happy to see that his team was able to overcome the way the game was played.
Parrish said he isn't quite sure what got into Andrews to start the second half.
"Anthony came up big for us," said Parrish. "I think he sensed it was time to knock down some 3s."
Vela had another nice game for the Greyhounds, finishing with 16 points, going 7-for-13 at the free throw line. Vela also ran the show very nicely against Mt. Baker's physical defense. Vela also nabbed 10 rebounds.
Another nice outing for Grandview came from Dion, who had 10 points and seven rebounds, all of which came on the defensive glass.
"He just battled," said Parrish.
Parrish was also pleased with how his players took out Levi Garrett, the MVP of the Whatcom County League. Grandview held the Mountaineeers' standout to only 7 points on 3-for-16 shooting.
The Greyhounds will be meeting up with a familiar state foe in Pullman this evening at 7:30 p.m.
"They are always solid," said Parrish. "They are real aggressive. They like to drive and penetrate. We came out (of last night's game) bruised and battered. Hopefully tonight we will be able to come out and play."
1 2 3 4 T
Mt. Baker 4 13 9 22 48
Grandview 9 15 16 15 55
Scoring: Grandview-James Vela 16, Anthony Andrews 15, Adam Dion 10, Cordero Cisneros 7, Chris Mejia 3, Brandon Artz 2, Anthony Andrews 2.
Mt. Baker-Garrett Hogue 12.
Rebounds: James Vela 10, Adam Dion 7, Cordero Cisneros 6.
Assists: James Vela 3.
Steals: James Vela 4.