YAKIMA - The Grandview boys basketball team went out in style, earning fourth place honors at the 2A WIAA State tournament at the Yakima Valley SunDome this past Saturday.
The trophy was earned after fighting through a grueling battle Friday against River Ridge and handily overcoming West Valley of Spokane Saturday.
The Spokane team, the Greyhounds knew, was going to be a difficult opponent after having lost to the Eagles by seven points during Regional play. The 'Hounds were undaunted, however and earned a 55-45 victory this past Saturday.
Grandview opened Saturday's fourth/sixth place game with a nine-point lead. In the first five minutes Daniel Nielsen set the pace with two baskets from outside the three-point arc and a two-pointer.
Teammate Christian Schrank also made a lay-up early on in the opening quarter and followed it with a free throw.
The 11-point run was met with a free throw on the Eagles side, but the 'Hounds kept the offensive momentum and tipped the scales with another seven points.
West Valley-Spokane scored another eight points with a three-point basket from Jake Love and another by Darian Vandermark.
Grandview has been known throughout the season for its abilities to sink the long distance balls, however the 'Hounds only made two three-point attempts in the second quarter. Neither of those shots made it through the net. Instead Grandview scored 15 points as the result of four field goals, two layups and a free throw.
The Eagles scored 13 points in the second quarter, but Grandview maintained the lead going into halftime, up 33-22.
The closing half went much the same, as Grandview pressured West Valley-Spokane. The 'Hounds capitalized on 10 second chance shots, scored on three more three-point attempts and stole the ball a total of six times.
The Eagles outscored Grandview by two points in the third quarter, but the Greyhounds pulled out the win, tossing in one more point than the Spokane team in the final quarter.
Nielsen was the leading scorer for the 'Hounds with 22 points. Schrank scored 16 points and had 10 boards to record a double-double in the contest.
Adrian Reyes provided six assists.
The leading scorer for the Eagles was Brady Bagby with 19 points and had seven boards. Love scored 11 points and grabbed six balls from the glass.
The Greyhounds were propelled into the Saturday trophy round game after a hard-fought, loser-out battle against the River Ridge Hawks Friday.
Grandview opened Friday's game with a 21-6 run, but River Ridge nibbled away at the lead, outscoring the 'Hounds 15-9 in the second quarter.
Grandview went into the half up 30-21, but faltered in the third quarter.
The 'Hounds were having a hard time capitalizing on their shots in the third quarter and River Ridge was putting on the pressure. The Hawks outscored Grandview by 10 points to lead 41-40 going into the final stanza of the nailbiter.
The Greyhounds battled for every basket in the fourth quarter. Grandview prevailed by a 14-10 margin, however, and earned the final 54-51 victory.
That victory was the result of a team effort by the 'Hounds.
Schrank led the team with 21 points and Nielsen had 13 points. Of Schrank's nine attempts from the beyond the three-point arc, three were made. He was 100 percent (4-for-4) from the free throw line and Nielson scored 5-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Tony Vela tossed in nine points and provided four assists. He also had three steals.
Also, on the glass Schrank and Nielsen led the team with five boards apiece.
For the Hawks, Rahmel Moton led the offense with 29 points, nine of those were the result of three-point shots. Brad Wallace grabbed six balls from the glass and provided four assists.
Grandview ended the season with an overall record of 25-3. Clover Park won the 2A boys State championship.