Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The Grandview Greyhounds have just two games left in the regular season, but know they earned the CWAC title after winning 63-39 over Toppenish last Friday and 86-61 against Wapato Saturday.
The Greyhounds have thus far led an amazing charge and have a spotless season record after this past weekend's games.
The 'Hounds have experienced momentous highs with Daniel Nielson's record-setting game at the beginning of the season, during which he sunk 11 three-point baskets.
This past Saturday, the boy wonder had 11 more opportunities against the Wapato Wolves and scored on six of those three-point attempts to end the game with 26 points.
The weekend, however, began with the 63-39 victory in Toppenish. Nielson teamed up with Christian Schrank to combine for 37 points against the Wildcats.
Schrank scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half of the game.
Teammate Tony Vela helped the cause with seven points and Adrian Reyes lobbed in nine.
Saturday's game at home against the Wolves promised to be high-stakes. The two teams were highly ranked in the CWAC and Grandview Coach Roy Garcia earlier in the season said any game against the well-coached Wapato team is exciting.
Grandview was outscored by one point in the opening quarter, but picked themselves up and outscored Wapato 28-15 in the second quarter to take the 43-31 lead going into halftime.
Grandview shot 53 percent from the field in the opening half against Wapato, but the 'Hounds increased the intensity and improved to 62 percent in the second half.
Wapato entered the second half, seeming as though there was some fight left. The Wolves outscored the 'Hounds 20-18 in the third quarter.
Wapato struggled after that, scoring 15 points less than the host team in the final period. The Wolves were 39 percent from the field in the second half.
Grandview's defensive pressure worked to the home team's advantage. The 'Hounds had a total of 12 steals, and it was a team effort with three of the steals being made by Vela.
Vela also provided nine assists on offense and had four boards.
Schrank had six boards, five of which were defensive rebounds.
Reyes helped the 'Hounds with two offensive boards and three defensive rebounds. He provided eight assists and scored 13 points.
Salvador Escobedo tossed in 12 points, as well as snatching five balls from the glass.
For Wapato, Jacoby Howe scored 23 points, and teammate Clifton Smiscon tossed in 16.
Grandview is undefeated with a 16-0 league record, 18-0 overall.
The Greyhounds next take on Prosser tonight (Tuesday) at home and will conclude the regular season against Ellensburg at home this coming Friday.