Late turnovers doom Grandview Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School boys basketball team played nearly mistake-free basketball this past Saturday night when the Greyhounds hosted the Quincy Jackrabbits.

Grandview committed only 10 turnovers throughout four quarters but three of them came with less than two minutes left in regulation. The Jackrabbits used those three Grandview miscues to score six points and tie the game at 53 points apiece and force overtime.

Quincy then rode their momentum in the extra period to squeak out a 58-57 CWAC league win.

"We had some mental lapses," Grandview Coach Roy Garcia said. "We were in the double bonus for the fourth quarter and were hitting our free throws. For some reason we went into a stall."

After a wild first quarter the game settled down to be an up and down affair.

Grandview jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Jackrabbits roared back with a 13-0 run. Quincy held a three-point advantage after one quarter but the Greyhounds rebounded to knot the score at 30-all at intermission.

The game swung in favor of Grandview after three quarters with the Greyhounds holding on to a six-point lead. It was a lead Grandview would not relinquish until the closing minutes of the game.

After Quincy scored six points in the final two minutes to tie the score Grandview still had a chance for a basket but a three-point attempt went in-and-out of the basket.

In overtime Quincy was down by one point when the Greyhounds missed a wide-open lay-up attempt. With 14 seconds left Quincy called a time-out and set up a play that the Jackrabbits' Eric Martin used to score a field goal with four seconds left, giving Quincy the lead at 58-57.

Grandview managed to get one more shot off, but to no avail.

Rogie Fajardo led the Greyhounds with 17 points. Teammate Eric Rodriguez had 15 points and six rebounds. Derek Newhouse added six points for the Greyhounds and Joseph Babcock had five points. Josh Bertsch led Grandview with seven assists and Adrian Reyes provided three steals.

Adam Richardson had 21 points for the Jackrabbits. He was followed by Martin with 19. Jesse Gonzales grabbed 10 rebounds for Quincy.

"A lot of inexperience played a part in this loss," Garcia said.

Garcia said the one-point loss hurts but otherwise he is happy with the progress of his team, stating that the Greyhounds are way ahead of schedule.

"We're competing," he added.

Grandview (2-2, 2-3) will travel to Ephrata this Friday, Jan. 9, and then to Ellensburg on Saturday, Jan. 10. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.


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