YAKIMA - The wild and bumpy ride at the 2A State tournament for the Grandview High School boys basketball team came to a conclusion this past Saturday night at the Yakima SunDome. Grandview brought home a third place trophy in the way that got the Lower Valley bunch to the show-playing Greyhound basketball.
Grandview crushed the Chimacum Cowboys in the game for third and sixth place honors on Saturday, winning 69-46. The Greyhounds had their best game of the tournament in the trophy round, as four players posted double-digit scoring performances.
Both teams entered Saturday's game fresh off disappointing losses in the semifinals. Chimacum lost to eventual State champion Medical Lake while the Greyhounds lost a heartbreaker to Quincy on Friday night.
"Considering the way we shot the ball, we were real fortunate to come away with a third place finish," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish. "I was real proud of the way they played after a big disappointment on Friday night."
Parrish said he was especially proud of the way his players responded after losing the semifinal game to Quincy. He said his group could have came out and rolled over for Chimacum, but the Greyhounds didn't.
The Greyhounds' road to the third place trophy wasn't an easy one. The Greyhounds overcame a game Mt. Baker squad, 55-48, on the opening day of State and then made it to the semifinals with a thrilling 42-41 win over Pullman, which finished seventh at the tournament, Thursday night.
Maybe it was having to overcome a 10-point deficit to win Thursday night against Pullman that left the Greyhounds a bit dazed Friday night. But despite losing 31-23 to Quincy on Friday night, the Greyhounds were still very much in the game. Grandview went through a period in the semifinal contest where they didn't score for what amounted to nearly two quarters of play.
In Friday's game, the Greyhounds had to rally to tie things up in the opening quarter at 8-all. Chris Mejia hit a couple of free throws and Brandon Artz added a 3-pointer right towards the end of the first quarter to tie the score.
The game started looking promising for Grandview in the second quarter, following another 3-pointer from Artz and a bucket from Mejia, which put Grandview up 15-11. But from the 3:25 mark of the second quarter, the game would take an unexpected twist for the Greyhounds, as they wouldn't score again until late in the fourth quarter.
In the third quarter, Quincy moved ahead for good following buckets from Chris Pontarlo-Maag and Matt Medina. But it would be the 3-pointer from Dustin Kniep with 1:14 to go in the third that would be the dagger for the Greyhounds. Grandview went 0-for-9 from the field in the third quarter.
Quincy pulled ahead 27-15 before the Greyhounds finally got on the board in the fourth quarter at the 3:04 mark, following a free throw from Mejia. Grandview then went on a 6-0 run to pull within five points at 27-22 with 1:32 to go. Grandview missed three 3-point attempts, a 2-point attempt and a free throw to close out the game. The Jackrabbits sank four free throws to move into Saturday's championship game.
"We didn't give them too many easy shots," said Parrish. "We just couldn't put the ball in the hoop. Their kids just hit some big shots."
Parrish said the Jackrabbits did exactly what he thought they would, sticking to a 1-2-2 zone, shutting down the inside.
"The physical nature of the tournament, we just didn't respond well to," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds hit just 7-of-40 shots from the field Friday night while going 2-for-20 from 3-point range. Quincy wasn't much better, hitting 10-of-31 shots from the field and 1-for-9 from 3-point range.
A telling statistic came off the glass. Of the 27 rebounds Quincy had, 23 of them were on the defensive side.
Saturday's trophy round game against Chimacum was basically over as soon as the second quarter rolled around.
The Greyhounds looked a lot more comfortable taking the floor Saturday evening and strolled out to an early 9-7 lead.
The momentum of the game shifted for good in the second quarter when Anthony Andrews unleashed a barrage of 3-pointers. With Grandview leading 14-12 with 5:11 to go in the half, Andrews hit three 3-pointers and Adam Dion added another for Grandview to put the Greyhounds up 23-14 with 2:28 left. Grandview also hit 5-of-8 free throws in the second quarter while holding Chimacum to only 2-of-11 shooting from the field.
In the third quarter, Andrews and Dion added two more 3-pointers to put the Greyhounds up 39-25 with 3:51 left.
Andrews had another 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, as did teammate Frankie Medina. But it would be Mejia and Cordero Cisneros who would showcase their talents for the last time, as the two seniors had a field day in the fourth quarter, powering their way past the Cowboys. Mejia had a couple of key free throws and Cisneros added a lay-up that sealed the game for Grandview.
Cisneros had an exceptional defensive game against tournament MVP Steven Gray, holding the second coming of Luke Ridnour to just 9 points.
Andrew Michels would score the final points of the 2004-05 season for the Greyhounds, hitting a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to put Grandview up 69-46.
Grandview had four players in double digits, led by Andrews with 18. Mejia added 14 points and Cisneros finished with 12. Dion rounded out the double-digit scoring attack of the Greyhounds with 10 points.
Grandview outscored Chimacum 30 to 6 from 3-point range and converted 16 Cowboy turnovers into 16 points.
"I was just real happy with the way they played Saturday night," said Parrish. "I think it says a lot about each one of them."
1 2 3 4 T
Grandview 8 7 0 8 23
Quincy 8 8 7 8 31
Scoring: Grandview-Chris Mejia 9, James Vela 7, Brandon Artz 6, Adam Dion 1.
Quincy-Matt Medina 15.
Rebounds: Chris Mejia 8.
Assists: James Vela 4.
1 2 3 4 T
Chimacum 7 11 13 15 46
Grandview 9 21 14 25 69
Scoring: Grandview-Anthony Andrews 18, Chris Mejia 14, Cordero Cisneros 12, Adam Dion 10, Frankie Medina 4, Nate Zavala 3, Andrew Michels 3, Zach Poteet 2, Brad Copeland 2, James Vela 1.
Chimacum-Mike Casal 19.
Rebounds: Chris Mejia 7, James Vela 7.
Assists: James Vela 8.