It came down to a foot. Grandview's Josh Bertsch's three-point buzzer beating shot at the end of regulation was called a two by the officials and the Greyhounds came up short against the Toppenish Wildcats, 52-51, in a loser-out District tournament game in Sunnyside this past Saturday.
Two officials immediately called the shot a two-point attempt, which stunned the Grandview supporters, who seconds earlier had been celebrating what everybody thought was the game-tying basket.
The Greyhounds led 25-12 in the second quarter before Grandview's Rogie Fajardo had to sit down after picking up his second foul of the game. During this span when Fajardo was out the Wildcats went on a 16-0 run to end the first half and lead the 'Hounds 28-25 at halftime.
Toppenish added to it lead in the third quarter, outscoring Grandview 9-6 in the period to lead 37-31 after three quarters.
Both teams went nearly four minutes in the final stanza without scoring before Grandview's Adrian Reyes hit a two-pointer to cut the Wildcats' lead to four points. Toppenish was able to build its lead back up to seven points, 41-34, and led by eight points with 1:11 to go in the game.
Fajardo then hit a three-point shot followed by a Jericho Ramos three-point basket and all of a sudden the 'Hounds were down 46-42.
Eventually the Wildcats stretched the lead back to 50-42 until Fajardo hit another three-point shot to make it 50-45 in favor of Toppenish.
With just 30 seconds left in the game Reyes was fouled and hit both shots to bring Grandview to within three points.
After a couple of Grandview fouls and a basket by Grandview's Joseph Babcock the Wildcats still held a 52-49 lead when Bertsch received a pass from Fajardo and raced down the court to attempt the ill-fated three-point shot.
Both teams were fairly even in game stats with Toppenish shooting better only at the free throw line. The Wildcats were 16-for-22 from the charity stripe compared with 7-of-13 shooting for the 'Hounds. Toppenish owned the boards on Saturday, out rebounding Grandview 42 to 29.
Grandview was led by Fajardo with 19 points. Reyes added nine points for the Greyhounds and teammates Eric Rodriguez and Babcock each had six points.
Toppenish was led by Roman Ramirez with 17 points and Ramon Ramirez with 15.
The Greyhounds finish their season with a 14-9 record.