Wednesday, December 7, 2011
GRANDVIEW - Last night's non-league match-up between the Grandview Greyhounds and Sunnyside Grizzlies was a nail-biter.
Sunnyside earned a 48-47 victory over the home team by setting the pace early on.
The Grizzlies outscored the Greyhounds 14-12 in the opening quarter.
Grandview fell further behind in the second quarter with Sunnyside's 16 points. The Greyhounds only secured 10 points and the Grizzlies had a 30-22 advantage at halftime.
Sunnyside continued the momentum in the third quarter, outscoring Grandview 10-4, giving the Grizzlies a 40-26 advantage.
In the final stanza, however, the 'Hounds made a run at the SHS boys hoop team, scoring 21 points. Sunnyside only secured eight points in the fourth quarter.
Grandview had the ball and a last chance for the winning bucket with approximately 12 seconds left on the clock, but came up short.
Sunnyside Assistant Coach Ruben Fernandez said of the game, "We came out strong with a lot of energy, but in the fourth quarter it was like someone put a lid on the basket...we couldn't hit anything."
He said his team knew Grandview would attempt to set up a final shot against Sunnyside's man-to-man defense. "So we went to a zone on the last play to throw off their timing."
Fernandez praised Grandview for blocking out in the final stanza, preventing the Grizzlies from getting second chances from missed shots.
Shooting was poor for both teams last night, but Sunnyside's seven baskets from outside the three-point arc seemingly led to the victory.
Both teams dropped in just 18 field goals. Sunnyside did so on 53 attempts and Grandview had 41 opportunities.
"It's tough to play back-to-back rivalry games," said Fernandez, making note of last Saturday's winning game against Prosser.
He said the Grizzlies performed well and showed poise, competing in both games within a four-day time period.
Grizzly guard Israel Manzo led the charge with three successful baskets from beyond the three-point arc for a total of nine points.
Also scoring nine points apiece for the Grizzlies were Eric Amaro and Trey Serl.
Amaro also had eight boards, while teammate Jessie Leija grabbed six loose balls from the glass.
Teammate Brandon Daley recorded five rebounds.
Sunnyside had 10 opportunities to score from the charity stripe and five of the shots made it through the net.
Leading the offensive charge for Grandview was Sal Escobedo. He scored a total of 16 points, three of which were from his lone attempt from beyond the three-point arc.
Escobedo also had six boards.
Also securing a three-point shot were Greyhounds Kiki Mendoza and Bryce Carpenter.
Mendoza scored a total of seven points on the night and had three steals.
Carpenter was responsible for snatching up six loose balls.
Teammate Brandon Curtis tossed in 13 points for Grandview. He also grabbed the ball from the boards four times.
Hector Godinez of Grandview helped the team, providing four assists and coming away with three steals.
Grandview (0-2) this coming Friday will travel to Ephrata, and Saturday will host Selah.
Sunnyside (3-0) next plays in Moses Lake on Friday. On Saturday, the Grizzlies will compete against Davis in Yakima.