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Sunnyside, G'view boys tip-off season at jamboree

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Nick Spears fends off a Wapato defender to go for a lay-up and score for Grandview during last night's jamboree.

Like the girls teams on Monday, the Sunnyside and Grandview boys basketball teams tipped off their 2006-07 seasons during the Sunnyside Jamboree last night.

Both teams played two games, with the JV or B teams taking the floor for the first two five-minute mini quarters and the varsity squads playing the final two quarters.

None of the games counted on the teams' regular season schedules.

Grandview came away with two wins in two tries, and Sunnyside split with one loss and one victory.

Sunnyside's first game during the jamboree was a 44-37 loss to Grandview, the only time the two rivals will meet head-to-head this season.

The 3A Grizzlies, 10-12 last season, blistered the nets in the opening quarter to take an 11-2 lead and pushed the lead over 2A Grandview into double digits at 20-8 by halftime.

"The half court pressure that our B squad applied was pretty effective," said Sunnyside Coach Steve Urrutia.

Greyhound Coach Scott Parrish noted the Grizzlies' pressure forced his young B squad into several mistakes.

The tables turned in the second half when the varsity teams for Grandview and Sunnyside took the court.

The Greyhounds tallied 28 points in the third quarter, sparked by 13 from C.J. Lopez, who connected for a trio of three-point buckets in the stanza.

"Grandview came out and looked pretty confident," Urrutia said of the 'Hounds, who earned a trophy at the 2A State tourney last year. "The kids found themselves a little bit shell-shocked. Once the ball starts rolling for Grandview they do it just about as well as anybody."

After Sunnyside's Gibby Briones hit a 3 with four seconds left in the third to make it a one-point ballgame, Lopez answered with a 3 at the buzzer to vault Grandview back into a four-point lead at 36-32 heading into the final quarter.

The Greyhounds kept Sunnyside at bay from there to earn the jamboree win.

"It's a little disappointing that we don't get to play them during the regular season," said Urrutia. "It's a pretty good rivalry. The kids would liked to have ended up winning."

Added Parrish, "We knew they'd be coming after us. It's the only time we play them this year."

Nick Sears led Grandview with 9 points and four rebounds. Teammate A.J. Valencia added 8 points.

Parrish also praised the play of captain Frankie Medina at point guard and Zach Poteet's contributions in setting screens for Grandview's potent offense.

Sunnyside was paced by Briones with 7 points. Teammates Jessie Montelongo and Tyler Carpenter contributed four points each against Grandview.

The Grizzlies gained a split on the night with a 52-31 win over 1B Sunnyside Christian.

Once again the Sunnyside JV team jumped out to a big first half lead, using a 13-4 second quarter run to go up 28-11 at the half.

The Grizzly varsity kept up the pressure in the second half to cruise to victory.

Urrutia said the jamboree format posed a challenge for his team's quick rotation, fast paced play.

"We condition the kids to go one minute," the coach said of his team's deep bench. "In the jamboree we're kind of running out of gas. We're not used to playing extended minutes, but it's a way to get some conditioning in and work out some bugs."

James Baysinger was Sunnyside's leading scorer against Sunnyside Christian, with 9 points. Briones and Montelongo each scored 7, while teammates Matt Jongsma and D.J. Palomarez both tallied 6 points. Justin Bos added 5 points.

In other jamboree play, Grandview knocked off Wapato 44-29 in its first game before defeating Sunnyside.

"The younger kids stepped on the court really ready to go," Parrish said of the Grandview JV team. "They did a good job of taking care of the basketball. We got out and ran a lot."

Parrish said the jamboree was a good experience for his team heading into the regular season opener this Saturday at home against Kiona-Benton.

"I was pleased with the effort, the kids played really hard," he said. "They played together and didn't make too many mistakes. It was just good to get out and play against someone else before we step on the court Saturday night."

Urrutia said the jamboree left him feeling "cautiously optimistic" about his team's chances for the 2006-07 season.

The Grizzlies play their first regular season game at home this Friday against Moses Lake.

"The defense is usually ahead of the offense early in the season, but we spend so much time on offense that our offense is ahead of the defense," Urrutia chuckled. "We're pretty happy with our shooting as opposed to a year go but we need to work on our defense."

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