Isaiah Ruiz had the hot hand both nights for Grandview this past weekend.
Ruiz poured in a game-best 25 points Friday at home in a fast paced, high scoring affair, leading the Grandview Greyhounds to a 73-55 dismantling of the visiting Ephrata Tigers.
Saturday, in a deliberate, physical and much slower paced game at Ellensburg, Ruiz canned a game-high 18 points, which sparked the Greyhounds to a methodical 45-30 win.
The two games were the CWAC openers for the GHS boys basketball team, which is now 4-0 on the young season.
After building a 10-point halftime lead Friday against what Coach Glenn Braman described as a “pesky” Ephrata team, “…we played our best third quarter of the season and built it up to a 20-point lead,” he said.
From there the ‘Hounds coasted to the 73-55 victory.
“I still don’t think we have played our best four quarters of basketball in one game yet. We have some areas we need to shore up and do a better job at,” Braman added.
Besides the 25 points and team-best eight assists that Ruiz tallied against Ephrata, Grandview received a 10-point effort from Isaiah Gonzales, who also led the ‘Hounds with a team-high six rebounds.
The Tigers were led by Jacob Laird and Justin DeHoog with 19 and 12 points, respectively.
Team-wise, the ‘Hounds shot at a 55 percent clip from the field against Ephrata (30-for-55). The Tigers made 37 percent of their field goal attempts (19-for-52).
In Saturday’s game at Ellensburg, the two teams combined for just 10 first-quarter points. Grandview took control in the second period, though, outscoring the host Bulldogs by a 15-4 margin.
A 14-7 third-quarter run by the ‘Hounds spelled the end for Ellensburg.
“Both teams were running set plays at each other,” Braman said, noting neither club got into transition well on Saturday.
Ruiz and Gonzales again were Grandview’s leaders, canning 18 and 11 points, respectively. Gonzales also stepped up big in the paint with a game-high 14 rebounds. Ruiz, along with his team-leading seven assists, came away with three steals against Ellensburg, as did teammate Andy Rodriguez.
In assessing his team’s play this past weekend, Braman said he came away pleased with what he saw defensively from the ‘Hounds.
“We are taking things that we are doing in practice and putting them into our games. This is nice to see in the early part of the season.
“We need to stay focused on improving each and every day,” he added.
This week, Grandview is scheduled to host Othello on Tuesday and play at Selah on Friday.