GRANDVIEW - The Grandview boys basketball team used a 26-10 second quarter run to rally past visiting Kiona-Benton Friday for a 72-38 win to open regular season play.
Ki-Be posted a 7-2 surge to start the game as the Bears held a surprising 12-10 advantage after one quarter.
"They were shooting well and we weren't," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish of his team's sluggish start. "We were a little nervous at the start of the game."
Super sub Rodrigo Fajardo came off the Greyhound bench in the second quarter to get Grandview rolling with a pair of three-pointers.
From there the 'Hounds applied their trademark pressure defense to force six steals in the second stanza and roll to a 36-22 lead at the half.
After opening the lead to more than 20 points in the third quarter, Grandview put an exclamation point on the win by holding Ki-Be to just four points in the fourth quarter.
"We stayed in our man (man to man defense) and put a lot of pressure on the basketball," Parrish said of his team's surge.
Leading the way for Grandview was junior post man Nick Sears with 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals. "He played really well," Parrish said of Sears, who is seeing his first varsity action. "He was really aggressive, he played real hard."
Zach Poteet also scored in double figures for Grandview with 10 points. A.J. Valencia had 9 and four steals for the 'Hounds, followed by Fajardo and Adrian Perez, who each scored eight.
Point man Frankie Medina dished out six assists for Grandview and swiped three steals.
Marty Guillen recorded four steals for the 'Hounds, and tallied six points along with teammate C.J. Lopez.
Parrish will hope for a better start for Grandview (1-0), when it opens CWAC South play this Thursday at Ephrata.
"They're one of the best teams in the league," Parrish noted. "They have guys at 6-6, 6-5 and 6-4. They're disciplined and they get the ball inside. It's going to be a tough one."
Still, having a regular season game under the belt will only help his team, Parrish figures.
"I just think getting that extra game in will hopefully help us be ready to play and get a few shots to fall for us," he said. "Maybe we'll be more patient and work the ball around more."