ELLENSBURG - After Grandview's 59-50 loss to Ellensburg last night, tomorrow's game will be a fight of cats and dogs.
Grandview's Greyhounds will meet the Toppenish Wildcats at West Valley High School at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) in a loser-out District tournament consolation match-up. The winner will advance as the No. 3 seed to the Regional tournament at Eastern Washington University in Cheney next Friday, Feb. 24. The loser will go home to lick their wounds.
Ellensburg, after winning against Grandview (15-7) yesterday, has the opportunity to earn the District title against Wapato tomorrow at 5 p.m. in West Valley. Both Ellensburg and Wapato last night clinched a seed at the Regional tourney.
Wapato last night upended CWAC champion Toppenish, forcing the Wildcats into tomorrow's consolation finals against Grandview.
The Greyhounds are gearing up for that game, knowing Toppenish will be a force to reckon with after losing 69-64 to the Wildcats in December. However, a victory is possible for Grandview. The Greyhounds won the second go-round against Toppenish 72-50 earlier this month.
First, Grandview must brush itself off and get back to work after last night's loss to Ellensburg.
The Greyhounds had a dismal six points in the first quarter, which put them behind the Bulldogs by 10 points from the get-go last night.
The 'Hounds rallied, but still fell short of the Ellensburg offense in the second quarter, during which the Bulldogs broadened the lead to 12 points, 36-24.
The game continued to go Ellensburg's way in the third quarter. The Bulldogs outscored Grandview 19-11, giving Ellensburg a 20-point lead, 55-35.
The Bulldogs threw in a few substitutes, giving the leading line-up a break in the final quarter. Ellensburg was held to only four points and Grandview was able to score 15 points in the final stanza.
Grandview Coach Roy Garcia said his team failed to execute from 3-point range. The team scored on only two of 15 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
However, the 'Hounds made a good effort from the charity stripe. "The boys shot 18 of 30 from the free throw line," said Garcia.
As for second looks, Grandview had four more putback opportunities than Ellensburg. Sal Escobedo grabbed five balls from the glass to lead the Greyhounds on rebounds.
"The 'Hounds lost to a good Ellensburg team," said Garcia.
Grandview's leading scorer was Isaiah Ruiz with 15 points. Escobedo tallied 13 points. Brandon Curtis tossed in another 10 points for the Greyhounds.
None of the other 'Hounds were able to score more than five points last night.
The Bulldog to stop was Reece Ravet, who scored 17 points, and Garrett Hull combined with teammate Nick Gigstead for 25 points.