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Grandview advances to consolation finals

State berth on the line this Saturday in Sunnyside

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhound boys basketball team shot at a 55 percent clip from the field last night in an 87-52 romp over East Valley.

Tuesday night's home victory was a CWAC District loser-out contest. Grandview dropped down into the consolation bracket after poor shooting from the field in a semi-final loss this past Saturday.

Finding the target wasn't a problem last night, though, as Grandview fired away and hit 61 percent of its shot attempts in the first half on the way to a 24-13 lead after the first quarter and a 42-30 advantage at the half.

The Greyhounds' shooting prowess was especially evident during the second quarter, when Grandview had an answer every time the Red Devils pulled to within single digits.

With about four minutes to play in the second stanza, East Valley trailed just 28-21 when Grandview's Tony Vela knocked down a three-point bucket to make it 31-21.

After East Valley answered to make it 31-23, Vela dished the ball to teammate Daniel Nielsen for a trey to make it 34-23 and Grandview's Adrian Vela popped in yet another three-pointer to put the Greyhounds up 37-23.

Grandview led by double digits the rest of the way, and put the game out of reach in the third quarter with a 21-4 run.

A key to the third quarter surge was Grandview's ability to connect from the field, shooting 55 percent in the second half.

Meanwhile, East Valley's shooting touch dropped from making 48 percent of its attempts in the first half, to just 30 percent in the second half.

The Greyhound led at one point by as much as 84-40, when East Valley put on a 12-3 run to close out the game in the final minutes.

It was far too little, too late, as Grandview punched its ticket for the CWAC consolation finals at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Sunnyside High School.

A win in that game would send Grandview to the State 2A boys basketball tourney next week with the CWAC's third and final berth. A loss would end the Greyhounds' season.

Grandview (15-8) was sparked by Derek Newhouse's 28 points, eight rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals.

The Greyhounds had three other scorers in double figures, led by 17 points from Nielsen, 13 by Jericho Ramos and 11 by Christian Schrank.

Grandview's scoring attack was paced by Tony Vela with a game-high 13 assists.

East Valley, which saw its season end last night, was led by Jonathon Janis and Tanner Olson with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

E. Vall. 13 17 4 18 - 52

Gview 24 18 21 24 - 87

2 pt. shooting-E. Vall. 17-40, Gview 21-34. 3 pt. shooting-E. Vall. 2-9, Gview 10-22. FT-E. Vall. 12-19, Gview 15-19. RBD-E. Vall. 28, Gview 34.

East Valley-Janis 15, Olson 11.

Grandview-Newhouse 28, Nielson 17, Ramos 13, Schrank 11, A. Vela 6, Contreras 5, T. Vela 5, Miller 2.

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