After posting a perfect 20-0 record in the regular season before unraveling in the playoffs last year, one had to wonder what this season holds for Grandview when they opened with two consecutive losses.
The Greyhounds seem to be back on track, however, as they scored a couple of decent wins this past weekend to square their 2011-12 season record at 2-2.
The two victories came at an opportune time, as the two games were the CWAC openers for the Grandview boys basketball team.
Friday at Ephrata, getting a combined 56 points from the trio of Kiki Mendoza, Hector Godinez and Sal Escobedo, the 'Hounds rallied from a 30-29 halftime deficit to clip the Tigers easily, 68-49.
At home Saturday against the visiting Selah Vikings, with neither club exhibiting much of a shooting touch, Grandview squeaked out a 46-40 win.
The telling stat on Saturday was the number of turnovers Grandview forced against the Vikings. All told, Selah coughed up the ball 21 times. The 'Hounds only committed 11 turnovers.
Scoring-wise for Grandview, Isaiah Gonzalez was the lone Greyhound in double figures against Selah. He popped in 5-of-12 shots from the field and went 3-for-4 from the foul line for a game-high 13 points. Mendoza and Brandon Curtis each chipped in eight points in the winning cause.
Selah had no one score in double figures.
Both clubs had trouble finding the bottom of the net on Saturday. Selah shot at a 38 percent clip from the floor (17-for-45), while Grandview made just 33 percent of its field goal attempts (17-for-52). The difference was in free throw shooting, where the 'Hounds dropped in 9-of-12 from the foul line while the Vikings only got to the line four times total.
Friday at Ephrata, after connecting on just 10-of-29 shots from the field in the opening half and trailing by one at intermission, Grandview lit it up the final two quarters. The 'Hounds went 17-for-29 in field goal attempts in those two periods, which pushed them past the Tigers by the final score of 68-49.
Leading the offensive charge for Grandview was the trio of Mendoza, Godinez and Escobedo, who tallied 19, 19 and 18 points, respectively. Together, they dropped in 24-of-38 shots from the field, which included a pair of identical 3-for-5 efforts from behind the 3-point arc by Mendoza and Godinez.
Ephrata's top guns proved to be Layton Lange and Tyler Clark with 18 and 14 points, respectively.
Turnovers again worked in Grandview's favor, as the 'Hounds forced Ephrata into committing 26 of them. Godinez was responsible for nearly a third of those Ephrata miscues, as he came away with seven steals in the game.
This week, Grandview (2-0, 2-2) will play at Quincy on Tuesday and at home on Saturday against Othello.