SELAH – Using sporadic scoring spurts to build a lead, Grandview this past Friday defeated the host Selah Vikings, 69-47.
“We opened the game on a 20-4 run in the first four minutes,” said Greyhound Coach Glenn Braman.
The ‘Hounds only allowed Selah two more points before the end of the opening quarter.
“But, (we) went cold for a long period of time,” Braman said of the second quarter, during which each of the teams scored 14 points.
The Greyhounds had a 34-20 lead at the intermission.
The first quarter lead, it turns out, was a good thing because Selah made a run and outscored the Greyhounds 23-16 in the third stanza.
“A sluggish third quarter allowed Selah to close the gap to seven points going into the fourth quarter,” said Braman.
During the final quarter the ‘Hounds held the Vikings to just four points. Grandview bucketed 19 points to end the game with the 69-47 victory.
Braman said the Greyhounds were inconsistent offensively…it just felt like they (Selah) did a pretty good job of causing problems defensively.”
He said, “One of our goals was to hold them (the Vikings) under 50 points, and we did that.”
Braman was disappointed that Friday wasn’t a great shooting night for Grandview, as the ‘Hounds were held to 44 percent field goal shooting.
“It seemed there was a lid on the basket for some stretches of the game,” said Braman.
Defensively, Grandview was able to force the Vikings into 30 turnovers. The ‘Hounds tallied a total of 27 steals.
Isaiah Gonzalez of Grandview led the team with a triple-double, scoring 16 points, tallying 13 boards and recording 10 steals.
Teammate Isaiah Ruiz provided six assists and scored 22 points, and Joey Saenz recorded seven steals and 13 points.
For Selah, it was Nick Towery that led the Viking charge with 22 points.
The Greyhounds (4-0, 6-0) enter a lengthy break before taking to their home court on Jan. 4 against West Valley.