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Greyhounds stay alive at 2A State tourney

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Grandview's Christian Schrank goes airborn in an attempt to stop a Tumwater ball handler.

YAKIMA - The Grandview Greyhound boys basketball team stayed alive to play another day with a 58-48 loser-out win over Tumwater yesterday in the State 2A tourney.

Thursday's 9 a.m. consolation round win at the SunDome looked like it might be a foregone conclusion as Grandview stormed out of the gate to an 8-0 lead over the Trojans.

It could have been twice that big of a lead had Grandview been able to connect on several wide open shots and lay-up attempts.

Coach Roy Garcia attributed it to breakfast bracket jitters.

"We just had to get the nerves out," he said.

Grandview led 12-4 with two minutes left in the first quarter, when Tumwater shook up the game with a smothering full court press that resulted in nine first half steals.

The Trojans pulled to within 12-10 at the end of the quarter, then blitzed Grandview to start the second stanza with an eight-point run to lead 18-12 with five minutes to play in the half.

All told, it was an impressive 14-0 run for Tumwater.

"We had to learn how to break their press," said Garcia.

Grandview did indeed decipher Tumwater's strategy, using long down court passes to break the press with an 11-4 run to close out the first half with a 23-22 lead.

The Greyhounds got a spark to close out the half when Daniel Nielsen canned his only three-pointer of the game just before the first half buzzer sounded.

Garcia said Grandview's secret to breaking the press was simple.

"Get the ball in Tony Vela's hands and get out of the way," he smiled.

Vela may have only scored two points for the game, but he also grabbed four rebounds, dished out six assists and collected five steals to serve as the glue that held the Greyhounds together when they trailed and when they led.

Grandview would need all the glue it could get during the second half of a game which all together saw 14 lead changes.

It was a see-saw second half that saw four lead changes in the third quarter alone.

Grandview grabbed a one-point lead in the final seconds of the third stanza, and the Greyhounds' Adrian Vela closed out the third with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give them a 42-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Back came Tumwater with six straight points to open the fourth frame and earn a 44-42 lead with about four minutes to play.

The Trojans' last lead of the game was 46-45 with three minutes left in the contest.

It was all Grandview from that point, though, as the Greyhounds reeled off a 13-2 run to close out the game.

The key points for Grandview came at the two-minute mark when a Christian Schrank lay-up put the Greyhounds up for good at 48-46.

Grandview's Derek Newhouse then knocked down a back-breaking bucket against the Trojans to make it 50-46 with just over a minute to play.

Tumwater then started attempting three-point shots on nearly every trip down the court in an attempt to catch up.

The Trojans were only 3-of-21 for the game behind the three-point line, so the strategy backfired as Grandview grabbed the rebounds and was then fouled to save time on the clock.

The Greyhounds coolly sank all six attempts from the charity line in the final minute to seal the win.

Derek Newhouse led Grandview with 17 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Also scoring in double figures were Christian Schrank and Nielsen with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Kyle Warner led Tumwater with 14 points and three steals, followed by Jake Dowers with 10 points and eight rebounds.

As with the opener on Wednesday, rebounding continued to be an issue for Grandview, as the Greyhounds were outboarded 35-31. That included a 14 to 7 edge on the offensive glass for the Trojans, resulting in 12 second chance points for Tumwater.

Grandview now turns its attention to today's (Friday's) consolation semifinals.

A win against Wapato today would clinch a trophy for the Greyhounds and send them to the fifth/eighth place consolation finals at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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