BENTON CITY - There were two big things that happened last week that helped contribute to the Grandview boys basketball win against Ki-Be last Friday.
First there was C.J. Lopez being cleared to play for the Greyhounds, and then Ki-Be's best player got hurt last Thursday night and wasn't able to play in Friday's game.
Lopez responded by leading his team in scoring with 16 points on the way to a 55-34 Grandview win.
"We were real concerned about their big guys," Grandview Coach Scott Parrish said of the season opener. "Our guys kept the ball away from their posts and were able to block them out, denying them second chance points."
Grandview's Marty Guillen, Rodrigo Fajardo and Lopez each had four points in the first quarter as Grandview built a 12-4 lead.
In the second quarter Lopez hit two 3-point shots and Guillen hit one as the Greyhounds worked to extend the lead to 27-11 at halftime.
"Ki-Be was mixing it up with their defense and the kids did a good job of moving the ball, setting screens and getting some good looks," Parrish said.
He said Grandview's defense was able to pressure the ball, which made it tough for Ki-Be to shoot inside. This strategy forced the Bears to shoot from the outside.
The second half was more of the same and Grandview was able to increase its lead.
"At times we could have put them away," Parrish recalled. "We had too many turnovers and poor shot selections."
Grandview turned the ball over 17 times against Ki-Be.
Still, Grandview outscored the Bears 13-11 in the third and 15-12 in the fourth quarter.
Fajardo added 11 points for the Bears and Guillen had 10 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and six steals.
Gerado Ramirez led the Bears with nine points.
The Greyhounds out rebounded the Bears 28 to 20 and shot 7-of-13 from the free-throw line. The Bears were 5-of-10.
The Greyhounds (1-0) will start league play against the Ephrata Tigers Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. in Grandview.