Monday, December 19, 2011
GRANDVIEW - After this past Saturday's 78-69 victory over Othello, the Grandview Greyhounds can look to the future and hope the season will look much like last year.
Grandview earned its fourth consecutive win and is perfect in CWAC league play, although the 'Hounds suffered a couple of non-league losses early on.
This past Saturday the 'Hounds were successful from beyond the 3-point arc on 8-of-11 attempts in the second quarter for a better than 72 percent success rate. They scored on a total of 14 long balls.
Isaiah Ruiz led the effort, scoring seven three-point shots on seven attempts. He had a total of 29 points for the Greyhounds, and provided nine assists.
"Isaiah provided the spark," said Grandview Coach Roy Garcia.
Kiki Mendoza drained three shots from beyond the 3-point arc, contributing a total of 17 points to the Grandview effort and teammate Sal Escobedo scored 15 points.
Greyhound Bryce Carpenter threw in two three-pointers for six points overall.
Helping his teammates was Hector Godinez, who provided six assists.
Grandview took the early lead, outscoring the Huskies 16-10 in the opening stanza.
Othello tried to fight back in the second quarter, but couldn't overcome the deficit.
The Greyhounds led at the half, 35-30. The team kept it together and outscored Othello by one point in the third quarter.
One last battle occurred in the final stanza, but Othello was outscored 27-24, giving Grandview the nine-point victory.
"We really emphasized running the floor and minimizing our mistakes," said Garcia.
He said he believes the team did a good job of executing on both sides of the court.
"Our game plan worked on both sides of the court and Othello is a good team that will cause problems for a lot of CWAC opponents," said Garcia.
The Huskies were led by Drew Scott, who scored 22 points and grabbed nine balls from the glass.
Jacob Tovar scored another 11 points for Othello.
Only one player from either team, Grandview's Brandon Curtis, was able to record a steal.
Garcia said Grandview was outrebounded by Othello 34 to 22 and his team will be working on capitalizing on second chances during practices.
Grandview will tomorrow (Tuesday) host East Valley for another CWAC match-up.