Two road victories puts Grandview boys back in playoff hunt

The Grandview Greyhound boys basketball team didn't let a pair of road games last Friday and Saturday serve as hurdles in securing two CWAC victories.

Instead, they got down to business, starting with a 67-56 victory over the Toppenish Wildcats and ending with a nailbiting one-point win (48-47) over the Prosser Mustangs.

The two victories snapped a two-game losing streak for Grandview, and boosted the Greyhounds' CWAC record to 5-3.

"Records don't matter when we play against the Mustangs," Grandview Coach Roy Garcia said of Saturday's battle on the court.

He noted there has been in place a long-standing rivalry between Grandview and Prosser, even when the teams were in different leagues.

The key, said Garcia, was execution in the final stanza.

"We benefitted from their (the Mustangs) turnovers and mistakes," he said, noting the game was down to the final seconds when Greyhound Isaiah Ruiz capitalized on an opportunity to drop two in from the charity stripe.

His two free throws helped Grandview secure the victory.

The Greyhounds led after the opening quarter, 12-8, but Prosser rallied to outscore Grandview 13-10 in the second quarter.

Prosser took a one-point lead in the third stanza, outscoring the Grandview boys 13-11.

The game came down to a back-and-forth rally between the two teams until Ruiz's shining moment at the free throw line and those two points made all the difference. Grandview dropped in 15 points to Prosser's 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Ruiz also led his team, scoring 16 points.

Teammate Joey Saenz tallied 13 points, Isaiah Gonzalez added another seven points and Bryce Carpenter scored six for the winners.

The night before (Friday) Ruiz tallied 21 points, and it was Isaiah Gonzalez that scored a team-high 22 points.

Saenz scored nine points against the Wildcats and Andy Rodriguez dropped in another seven points.

Ruiz was also credited for serving up seven assists, while Gonzalez collected nine caroms off the glass.

"We expected Toppenish to be a tough opponent, but the entire league is strong and anybody can beat anybody," said Garcia.

West Valley currently sits atop the CWAC with an undefeated mark, but Wapato and Ellensburg are nipping at the Rams' heels. Grandview currently stands in fourth place.

Garcia said Friday's game was different than Saturday's because the Greyhounds came out strong from the first quarter, giving themselves a 21-point lead (25-4).

The Wildcats were held to just 14 points in the opening half and Grandview kept control throughout the game.

Garcia said the Greyhounds didn't back down, caused Toppenish to commit several turnovers with the press and kept the Wildcats off-balance.

In spite of a good second half for the Wildcats, the opening quarter is what ensured the Greyhound victory. Toppenish scored 21 points in each of the final two quarters, while Grandview combined for 31 points in the second half of action.

Toppenish just couldn't catch up to Grandview, according to Garcia.

The Greyhounds will this coming Friday host East Valley before traveling to Ephrata on Saturday.


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