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Grandview wins two on the road

The Grandview Greyhounds this past Friday and Saturday competed in two road games and were victorious in both CWAC battles.

Friday, against Othello, Grandview secured a 59-52 win, and Saturday the Greyhounds defeated East Valley 56-46.

The Greyhounds improved their league record to 12-2, 12-4 overall, with the games going into the win column.

Against Othello, Grandview's Sal Escobedo seemed to steal the show with 23 points. He slipped the ball past the Husky defense and drove the ball toward the basket from inside on 10 successful shots. He scored one point from behind the charity stripe after being fouled for a two-point opportunity.

Adding to the tally was teammate Kiki Mendoza and Hector Godinez. Mendoza scored 13 points, six of which were from the beyond the 3-point arc. Godinez tossed in three 3-point baskets and scored 12 points overall.

Godinez also pulled down four balls from the glass on defense.

Assisting his teammates eight times was Isaiah Ruiz. He also snatched the ball from the Husky offense six times.

Grandview opened Friday's match-up a little slow, being outscored 32-26, but made a comeback after the break.

In the third quarter, the Greyhounds held Othello to just six points, while scoring 15 points to take a 41-38 lead.

The Huskies tried to even the game, but were unsuccessful. Grandview outscored Othello 18-14 in the final stanza to secure the 59-52 win.

Othello's leading scorers were Drew Scott, Dustin Rodgers and Caleb Garza, who scored 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Coming off the victory over the Huskies, Grandview was feeling the momentum on Saturday against East Valley in a 56-46 victory.

Mendoza led the charge against the Red Devils with 15 points, and Escobedo scored another 12 points.

Grandview opened the game with a 21-12 lead, but the Red Devils were willing to fight back in the second quarter.

Although East Valley outscored the Greyhounds 12-10 in the second stanza, it wasn't enough of an effort to take the lead. Grandview led 31-24 at halftime.

"Grandview played well on the defensive end, creating numerous turnovers and contesting shots...we did well on our defensive rebounding efforts, but must improve by season end," said Greyhound Coach Roy Garcia.

East Valley was again overwhelmed by the Greyhounds in the third quarter 16-11. Grandview, however, allowed the Red Devils to execute one more basket for a two-point advantage (11-9) in the closing quarter.

"The (Grandview) boys came out with intensity and a great effort versus a well-coached and improved East Valley team," said Garcia.

He said he is proud of how well his team takes advantage of the entire court and he has enjoyed coaching the team throughout the 2011-12 season.

Tallying eight points each for Grandview were Isaiah Ruiz and Godinez.

Othello's Hugo Lemus was the leading scorer for his team with 12 points.

Grandview, No. 2 ranked in the CWAC, this Friday will host No. 1 Toppenish and Saturday will travel to Wapato, the CWAC's fourth seed.

Garcia said, "We look forward to the last two weeks of the season and games against Toppenish and Wapato this weekend."

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