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'Hounds nip Ephrata in league opener

EPHRATA - The Grandview boys basketball team went into overtime last night to eke out a thrilling 63-62 win at Ephrata in the CWAC South opener for both teams.

Ephrata jumped out to an eight-point lead before Grandview answered with a pair of timely three-point shots to knot the score at 16-16 after one quarter.

Coach Scott Parrish said the Greyhounds switched from a full court defense to a zone press defense in the second stanza to create turnovers and easy scoring opportunities.

With 20 of his game-high 24 points coming in the first half, Grandview's C.J. Lopez sparked a 24-16 second-quarter run and a 40-32 halftime lead over the Tigers.

Playing in just their second game of the season, the 'Hounds found themselves exhausted in the second half after the frenetic pace of the opening half.

"The pace of the game was crazy," said Parrish.

The slow down was reflected on the scoreboard, as Grandview scored just 17 points for the entire second half, while Ephrata was able to muster enough points-25-to force an overtime period.

Not surprisingly, the 'Hounds saw their shooting percentage fall from near 40 percent for the first half to 27 percent for the second.

Still, Grandview was able to answer the bell in the overtime, outscoring the Tigers 6-5 to win the game.

Parrish noted that a Grandview player was called for a foul just as the overtime ended. With the Greyhounds leading by two, the Ephrata player only hit one-of-two charity tosses and was unable to force a second extra session.

"We did a good job of taking care of the ball," Parrish said of his team's play in the overtime. "We spread it around and looked for opportunities."

A.J. Valencia and Nick Sears each scored 13 for Grandview, with Sears hauling down 11 rebounds and blocking four Ephrata shot attempts.

Grandview's Zach Poteet scored seven points and collected eight boards, while teammate Frankie Medina kept the 'Hound offense humming with six assists.

Rebounding, a problem at times for Grandview last season, was one of the team's strength's last night as the Greyhounds were only out-rebounded 47-44.

"We did a good job of rebounding even though they had a lot of height," Parrish observed.

Grandview (1-0, 2-0) will get plenty of time to rebound from last night's emotional and physical win.

Thanks to a merciful early season schedule, the 'Hounds do not return to action until next Saturday, Dec. 15, when they host Othello in another CWAC South contest.

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