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Greyhounds' loss to Ellensburg forces Grandview to play tonight's playoff game against Ephrata

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhounds, after losing the final regular season game against Ellensburg 55-41 last Friday, enter the 2A District competition tonight (Monday) against Ephrata.

Last Friday's loss gave Toppenish the CWAC title and placed Grandview in a tie for second place with Ellensburg. The loss, though, gave the Bulldogs the second seed into Districts, and Grandview dropped to the No. 3 position. That forced the Greyhounds into a first-round postseason game against No. 6 seed Ephrata tonight on the hardwood of the crimson and gray.

Grandview started Friday's match-up against the Bulldogs with a 19-12 lead, but Ellensburg fought back in the second quarter to outscore the Greyhounds 17-16.

That placed the Bulldogs ahead 29-25 at the intermission.

Grandview couldn't make the ball drop in the basket during the third stanza, either. Ellensburg was on a roll and outscored the Greyhounds 15-6.

Grandview didn't give up without a fight, however. The Greyhounds battled through the final stanza in an attempt to equalize the game.

Ellensburg remained on top, outscoring Grandview 11-10.

The Greyhounds were disappointed with the loss, which could have been prevented had Grandview scored more often from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Greyhounds are known for their long shots, but only dropped the ball in the basket five of 22 times from beyond the 3-point arc. Three of the successful baskets were made by Kiki Mendoza.

He led the Greyhounds, scoring 13 points.

Teammate Sal Escobedo dropped in another 12 points, and Isaiah Ruiz provided five of the team's nine assists.

Ellensburg outrebounded the Greyhounds, as well. The Bulldogs pulled down 35 caroms, while Grandview grabbed 31 balls from the glass.

Grandview had an advantage on the turnovers. The Greyhounds forced Ellensburg to lose the ball 20 times, while Grandview only lost control of the ball 14 times.

The scoring leader for Ellensburg was Nick Gigstead with 19 points. He also grabbed the ball from the boards seven times.

Tip-off for tonight's 2A District game between Grandview and Ephrata is 7 p.m. at Grandview High School.

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