GRANDVIEW - After barely holding off Waverly College of Australia for a half, the Grandview boys basketball team used a 28-13 third quarter run to grab a 74-59 win Saturday night.
Waverly, located near Sydney, is a private school for boys with an enrollment of 1,400 students. The team stayed close with host Grandview, trailing just 35-32 at the half.
"We were a little disappointed in the first half," Grandview Coach Scott Parrish said of his team's play. "We weren't taking care of the basketball and we needed to play better defense."
Parrish also expressed frustration with the Greyhounds' inability to move the ball in the paint. That was evident in the game statistics as Grandview had just one free throw attempt for the entire game.
Waverly also helped its own cause by blistering the nets with 56 percent shooting for the first half and 54 percent shooting for the game.
Grandview's answer in the second half included improving its own shooting percentage from 41 percent in the first half to 53 percent in the second.
That may have had something to do, though, with the Greyhounds' increased defensive pressure in the third and fourth stanzas.
"Our guards did a nice job pressing the basketball and we were more patient on offense," Parrish observed.
C.J. Lopez led Grandview with 23 points and five steals and teammate A.J. Valencia tallied 18 points. Grandview's Rodrigo Fajardo, Matt Concienne and Zach Poteet each scored eight points.
Nick Sears patrolled the paint for the 'Hounds, hauling down 11 rebounds and blocking two Waverly shots.
Grandview (1-0, 3-0) takes the court again this coming Friday when it hosts CWAC South foe Othello.