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G'view express rolls on

Win streak now at five

The Grandview boys basketball team ran its win streak to five games with a pair of convincing CWAC South league wins late last week.

On Friday the Greyhounds took control early and never let go in an 81-38 romp over Toppenish.

"We did a nice job, took care of the basketball and rebounded," Coach Scott Parrish said of the victory over the visiting Wildcats.

Grandview out rebounded Toppenish 46 to 38, while committing only 10 turnovers.

The only part of the Greyhound game that wasn't clicking, at least initially, was shooting the ball.

Despite taking a 21-12 first quarter lead and a 35-17 halftime advantage, Grandview shot just 26 percent from the field and one-of-12 from beyond the three-point arc.

"Toppenish was playing a 2-3 zone and we got a little three-point happy," Parrish said. "We didn't get the ball inside like we should, instead we settled for easy shots."

In the second half, Grandview's defense stepped up, holding the Wildcats to just 18 points.

James Vela held Toppenish's leading scorer, Juan Ramirez, to 12 points for the game, about half of his season average.

"He's a pretty special kid," Parrish said of Vela. "He does a nice job of whatever we ask him to do." While getting the toughest defensive assignment, Vela also helped spark the Greyhound offense with 19 points.

Meanwhile, C.J. Lopez came off the bench for five steals to spark the Greyhound defense. Brandon Artz, still recovering from a knee injury last week against Connell, came up with four steals in just eight minutes of playing time.

After bumping the lead to over 20 points in the third quarter, Grandview slammed the door on Toppenish with a 26-4 fourth quarter run.

"They were down and had to take more chances," Parrish said of the Wildcats. "That gave us some easy stuff in transition."

Anthony Andrews led the Greyhound offense with 20 points, while Lopez and A.J. Valencia each tallied 14.

Nate Zavala and Tim Schrank paced Grandview in the paint with eight boards apiece.

In Saturday's game at Kiona-Benton, the Greyhounds struggled early before riding a 27-7 first half surge to a 60-39 win over the Bears.

Ki-Be jump started to a 9-2 lead over Grandview. The problem, Parrish noted, is that his players again settled for perimeter jump shots.

At the same time, he credited the Bears' defense for the Greyhounds' slow start.

But Grandview stayed with its man-to-man defense, and was rewarded with an 8-0 run to close out the first quarter.

The 'Hounds kept after it in the second stanza, outscoring Ki-Be 19-7 to go up 29-16 at the half.

Lopez came off the bench with a minute to play in the first quarter to spark the Grandview rally, scoring 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second quarter

"C.J. made the most of his time," Parrish said. "He did a good job reading his man, he really has the right idea of our motion offense."

As with the first half, though, Grandview again had a slow start to the second as Ki-Be pulled to within 10 points.

"We have to make sure we're ready to go at the start of the game and the second half," observed Parrish.

The 'Hounds built their lead back up to 15 entering the final quarter, then sealed the deal with a 17-11 run.

Tim Schrank recorded a double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds, to go with three steals. Vela added 10 to go with five assists and five steals.

As they did against Toppenish, Grandview outrebounded Ki-Be 36-25.

This morning, Monday, Grandview was scheduled to play its third game in four days at the 2005 Tourneytown.com Shootout in the SunDome.

"I told the kids to get extra rest on Sunday," Parrish said. "They're young and hopefully they'll be ready to go."

The Greyhounds (3-0, 8-1) will take on Nooksack Valley, the number one-ranked 2A team in the state.

Grandview grabbed the 2A title in 2002, Nooksack Valley was state champs in 2003.

"We look at it as a great opportunity to play one of the best, if not the best, teams in the state," Parrish said of the contest.

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