GRANDVIEW - The Grandview boys basketball team in last night's District playoff opening game ended Ephrata's hopes of moving on. Grandview won the loser-out game 53-41.
The Greyhounds opened the game a little slow, only scoring nine points in the opening quarter. The Tigers, however, scored just eight points.
The pace picked up in the second stanza and Grandview was able to outscore Ephrata 17-6 for a 26-14 lead at halftime.
The Greyhounds led the game by as many as 19 points in the third quarter, and Ephrata had difficulty narrowing the gap. Grandview continued to outshoot the Tigers and ended the third stanza with a 40-27 lead.
The two teams battled through the final quarter, answering each other's baskets. Ephrata scored another 14 points, but Grandview tallied 13 to secure the victory.
It helped the Greyhounds that Ephrata had some foul trouble. The fouls committed by the Tigers provided Grandview 18 opportunities at the charity stripe and the Greyhounds capitalized on 10 of those shots.
The Isaiahs, Ruiz and Gonzalez, tallied three free throws apiece.
The duo also led the Greyhounds, scoring 15 points each.
Gonzalez grabbed 10 loose balls from the glass and Ruiz collected seven boards.
Grandview's Bryce Carpenter added to the action, with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Keeping Ephrata in the game was the number of turnovers committed by Grandview. The Tigers had 13 opportunities to capitalize on missteps made by the Greyhounds.
Bo Nelson of Ephrata collected the ball from the glass 11 times and teammate Layton Lang scored 10 points.
Grandview was the victor, though. The win pits the Greyhounds against West Valley, No. 1 in the CWAC standings, tomorrow (Thursday) at West Valley High School at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the semi-finals to be played Saturday in Sunnyside at 7 p.m. The loser will Saturday at 5 p.m. play at Sunnyside High School against the loser of the Ellensburg/Wapato game to be played Thursday.