QUINCY - A quick start out of the gate and a 23-point effort by Kiki Mendoza spurred the Grandview High School boys basketball team on to a 54-42 victory over the Jackrabbits on Quincy's home floor last night.
For the Greyhounds, Tuesday evening's win was their third consecutive victory after opening the season with back-to-back losses. All three of those wins have come in CWAC league play.
The defending CWAC champs, who went on to earn a fourth-place finish at the 2A State tournament last year after compiling a perfect 20-0 record in regular season play, jumped out quickly on the Jackrabbits last night. By the time the first period ended, Grandview was cruising with a 24-5 lead.
Mendoza, from an offensive standpoint, was the catalyst for the 'Hounds. He drained 9-of-17 shots from the field enroute to tossing in a game-high 23 points. Six of his field goal attempts came from behind the 3-point line, from where he canned half of them.
Also in double figures for Grandview were Sal Escobedo and Isaiah Ruiz with 10 points apiece.
No Quincy players were able to muster a double-digit scoring performance. The Jackrabbits' top scorers proved to be Braulio Flores and Mario Figueroa with nine points each.
Last night was one of the few times this season Grandview was able to more than hold its own in scraping down loose balls off the glass. The 'Hounds came away with 35 rebounds, compared to the 30 caroms gathered in by Quincy. Working the hardest in the paint for Grandview were Escobedo, Isaiah Gonzalez and Bryce Carpenter with eight, seven and six rebounds, respectively.
Grandview, too, enjoyed an advantage in forcing the other team into turnovers. Led by Ruiz's five steals, the 'Hounds got Quincy to cough up the ball 21 times. Grandview only committed 15 turnovers last night. The Greyhounds converted the turnovers they forced into 25 points, while Quincy had to settle for just 11 points as a direct result of the turnovers they forced the 'Hounds into committing.
Grandview (3-0, 3-2) is scheduled to host Othello this coming Saturday. That will leave the Greyhounds with just one game remaining before the holiday break, that one set for next Tuesday, Dec. 20, at home against East Valley.