WAPATO - The Grandview boys basketball team barely slipped by the Wapato Wolves last night, 65-64, chiefly due to establishing an early first half lead.
In the first quarter, the 'Hounds led 10-9, and continued to pressure the Wolves. Grandview increased the lead, outscoring Wapato 17-12 in the second quarter for a six-point lead at the half.
"It was one of those games that Wapato deserved to win just as much as we did," said Grandview Coach Roy Garcia.
He said the Wolves are well-coached and are currently one of Grandview's fiercest opponents. The two teams are currently both at the top of the 2A CWAC standings, and were undefeated at the beginning of last night's competition.
Wapato outscored Grandview 23-19 in the third quarter. The 'Hounds were outscored by just one point in the final quarter of the game to account for the final 65-64 score.
Garcia credited his team for working together. He said, "Tony Vela had an overall outstanding performance at the point guard position, creating for his teammates and controlling the tempo of the game."
Vela provided seven assists and scored nine points for the 'Hounds.
Teammate Salvador Escabedo also helped tremendously, scoring 16 points after coming off the bench. "(He) gave us a much needed spark with his performance," said Garcia.
Daniel Nielsen led the team, scoring 19 points and providing five assists, while teammate Christian Schrank earned a double-double. He grabbed 12 balls from the glass and scored 14 points. Schrank also dished four assists.
The Wolf to stop was Jacoby Howe, who scored nearly half (27) of Wapato's points. Teammate Efrain Reynoso had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.
Grandview (7-0, 9-0) now sets its sights on the Mustangs, fourth in the CWAC standings. The teams will face off in Prosser this coming Friday, and Grandview will Saturday travel to Ellensburg to face off with the Bulldogs.