GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School boys basketball team earned a chance to compete at the State tournament with a 68-64 win against the Selah Vikings last night, Thursday, in District tourney play.
The win means Grandview will now play Toppenish this Saturday, March 7, at Sunnyside High School, at 3 p.m. The winner will earn the CWAC's third berth to the State tournament.
The Vikings played well last night against the Grandview team but there was just too much Rogie on the court for Selah to handle. Rogie is Rogie Fajardo, a senior guard for the Greyhounds, who scored 24 points.
Fajardo has been fighting a shoulder injury as of late but last night he felt fine.
"Rogie came back at the right time for us," Grandview Coach Roy Garcia said. "He's been fighting an injury but he showed up to play last night."
The Greyhounds jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead to start the game but behind the play of Brett Dodeward the Vikings were able to inch back into the game and lead after one quarter, 12-10.
In the second quarter the Vikings used Dodeward, who is 6'5", and 6'4" Drew Washut to get their inside game going. Coupled with Nick Longmire's outside shooting Selah was able to build a five-point lead, 20-15 midway through the second period. The Vikings increased that lead to 29-21 with just less than 30 seconds in the half when Garcia called a timeout.
"I told them to relax and have fun," he said. "They came out tense in the second quarter. I told them to have fun and play."
The 'Hounds took their coach's advice to heart.
Fajardo hit back-to-back three-point shots to cut Selah's lead to just two points. After a Selah turnover Grandview's Adrian Reyes attempted a three-point shot at the buzzer but was fouled, sending him to the line for three shots. He calmly sank all three and Grandview led by one point, 30-29, at halftime.
The three-point barrage continued in the early minutes of the third quarter as Fajardo and teammate Chris Hernandez hit a couple of three's and the 'Hounds started a full-court press against the Vikings. Soon Grandview held a 39-33 lead but the Vikings would race right back.
Behind Longmire and Dodeward the Vikings came back to tie the game at 39 and then Fajardo committed two quick fouls, giving him three for the game and forcing him to sit.
With Fajardo out of the contest Selah was able to build up a 51-46 lead through the end of the third quarter.
A quick Selah basket and the 'Hounds were down by seven points, 53-46. It was then the Greyhounds came back, led by Hernandez, Eric Rodriguez and Joseph Babcock.
"Babcock had a great game," Garcia said. "He does all the little things that don't show up on the stat board. Without Joseph we wouldn't have won. We're blessed to have him."
Babcock scored four points in the final stanza to help Grandview tie the game midway through the quarter at 50 apiece. After that, it was all Fajardo. He scored seven points in the quarter and Grandview pulled away for the 68-64 win.
Hernandez added 14 points behind Fajardo's 24. Rodriguez and Babcock each scored nine points for the Greyhounds. Babcock grabbed nine rebounds as well, including four offensive boards.
Reyes finished with five points on the night.
Longmire led the Vikings with 16 points. Dodeward and Drew Washut added 13 points apiece for Selah and Trevor Dallman and Jake Fife had nine points apiece.
Grandview beat up Selah on the boards, outrebounding them 41 to 29. Another glaring difference was three-point shots. Grandview shot 46 percent (7-for-15) from behind the three-point arc, compared with Selah's 13 percent (2-for-15).