The Grandview boys basketball team knew they were in for a tough weekend, and Coach Roy Garcia believed his team could defeat the state's No. 2 ranked Ellensburg Bulldogs if the Greyhounds could stay in the game mentally on Friday.
It was the Bulldogs, with home court advantage, that came out on the winning end of the Friday outing, however. Ellensburg won 61-56 against the Greyhounds, who kept the game close throughout all four quarters.
On Saturday, Grandview stayed home and defeated the Huskies by an overwhelming 80-56 score.
Against the Bulldogs, the Greyhounds were neck-and-neck in the first half of action. Ellensburg, though had a 12-10 lead after the opening quarter and maintained the two-point advantage at intermission (24-22).
Grandview trailed a little further behind in the third stanza. The Bulldogs outscored the Greyhounds 17-15. In the final quarter, Ellensburg again outscored Grandview (20-19) to secure the victory.
The Bulldogs had four players, Junior Ledgard, Garrett Hull, Garrett Doebler and Gabe Caseky, who all scored in double digits. They combined for 50 points.
Grandview, attempting to stop the foursome, got into foul trouble with 21 fouls overall. Isaiah Gonzalez fouled out, but he scored 10 points and tallied 13 rebounds before being forced to sit the remainder of the game.
Bryce Carpenter also grabbed 13 rebounds. He scored 14 points for the Greyhounds, 12 of which came from beyond the three-point arc.
Scoring a team-high 18 points was Isaiah Ruiz, who also provided seven of the team's 11 assists.
Turnovers for Grandview were costly. There were 14 turnovers committed by the Greyhounds, which provided Ellensburg additional scoring opportunities.
Grandview, however, dusted itself off and took care of business the following night against Othello.
The Greyhounds went on an early 21-7 run and continued to pressure the Huskies in the second quarter for a 25-point lead (47-22) at halftime.
Grandview wasn't ready to give Othello any opportunities and outscored the Huskies 20-16 in the third quarter.
In the final stanza, the pressure was lifted some. Grandview didn't think there was any way for Othello to dig itself out of the hole the Greyhounds created.
The Huskies scored 18 points, while Grandview tallied 13 to end the game 80-56.
Five of the Greyhounds scored in double digits, including leading scorers Andy Rodriguez and Isaiah Gonzalez, who scored 14 points each.
Kobe Schrank tallied 13 points, Joey Saenz tossed in 11 and Ruiz scored 10 points.
Ruiz also provided eight assists, and Gonzalez grabbed the ball from the glass seven times.
For Othello, it was Justin Lind and Ryan Rodriguez who combined for 31 points.
Grandview (8-4, 9-5) this coming Friday will travel to Selah and on Saturday will host West Valley, which is currently the first place team in the CWAC standings.