EPHRATA - The last time the Grandview High School boys basketball team faced Ephrata, the Tigers shredded the Greyhounds, 81-52.
Last night Grandview fared better but still came up on the losing side, dropping a 74-65 decision to the CWAC's second best team.
Grandview played solid for three quarters but a poor third period proved to be the difference in last night's loss.
A big concern for the Greyhounds was containing Ephrata's Daniel Simon, a 6'5" perimeter player that can pound the ball inside, as well.
"We played pretty well," Grandview Coach Scott Parrish said. "We got off to a good start."
Behind the hot hands of Rogie Fajardo and Eric Rodriguez, the Greyhounds jumped to a 17-12 first quarter lead.
Ephrata fought back in the second period, outscoring Grandview 25-17 and taking a three-point lead at the buzzer when Simon hit a three-pointer to end the first half. Up until that point, Grandview's Matt Concienne and Fajardo had held Ephrata's big man to just six points.
Simon was able to shake off the defenders in the second half when he exploded for 20 points. The Tigers dominated the third quarter, outscoring Grandview 18-9 enroute to building a 12-point lead. This lead was stretched to 16 points in the fourth quarter before Grandview mounted a comeback.
"In the third quarter Ephrata did a good job," Parrish conceded. "They did a good job of getting the ball inside. Their transition offense is pretty impressive."
Parrish said his team did a good job of running its offense in the third quarter, saying they were being patient, but the shots just wouldn't fall.
In the fourth quarter Grandview started making some of those shots.
"I was happy they kept battling," Parrish said of his team. "They kept fighting, we just couldn't make that run we needed."
Parrish praised the play of Rodriguez, saying he had a nice game for the Greyhounds. Rodriguez finished with 15 points and was 4-for-8 from the three-point arc.
Although Grandview shot poorly from the field, shooting just 29 percent, the Greyhounds were perfect from the free throw line, sinking 12-of-12.
Simon led the Tigers with 29 points. His brother, Patrick, added 15.
Grandview (4-5, 5-5) will travel to Toppenish tonight (Friday) for a 7:30 p.m. match-up with the Wildcats.