The Grandview boys basketball team this past weekend won its games against Selah and West Valley.
Against the visiting Vikings on Friday, it was the Greyhounds’ ability to get a 22-8 lead in the opening quarter that propelled Grandview to a 64-45 victory.
Grandview Coach Glenn Braman said the ‘Hounds executed their strategies to “…play pretty even the rest of the way.”
Grandview held Selah to just 15 points in the first half of the game, leading 30-15 at intermission.
The Greyhounds outscored the Vikings 19-14 in the third stanza and were able to play several line-up combinations to give the entire team an opportunity on the hardwood.
Selah outscored Grandview 16-15 in the final quarter.
Braman said, “Jay Armendariz had a break-out game.”
Armendariz scored a game high 30 points, 12 of which were collected in the opening quarter.
“We have a standing goal of keeping teams to 50 points or less,” Braman said of Grandview’s strategy.
He was pleased the Greyhounds were able to meet that goal in both weekend games.
Grandview won its Saturday game in West Valley, 55-50.
“We felt going into this game, that it was a must win for us,” said Braman.
Grandview was just one point ahead of the Rams (16-15) at the end of the opening quarter.
“It was my first time at the new West Valley High School…what a beautiful facility,” Braman said.
Grandview didn’t blink, however. The Greyhounds were determined and battled with West Valley throughout all four quarters.
“The Rams came to play as well,” said Braman.
Grandview maintained its lead, outscoring West Valley 19-16 in the second quarter.
In the third stanza, the Rams scored two points more than the Greyhounds, but Grandview held them off in the final quarter (14-11).
“We did a good job of taking care of Dylan Peters, who hit some big threes against us at home,” Braman said, noting Peters scored eight points this past Saturday.
Braman said it was the combined effort of Greyhounds Joey Saenz, Kobe Schrank, Andy Rodriguez and Jay Armendariz that kept Peters to a low-scoring game.
The Greyhounds did experience some trouble from Jace Van De Bake, who scored 23 points. “His athletic ability is off the charts,” said Braman.
Armendariz scored the final two points with just second on the clock. He made a play on a pass to the wing and went to the basket for a lay-in, leaving the Rams no time to respond.
Grandview’s leading scorer Saturday was Isaiah Gonzalez with 14 points. Teammate Isaiah Ruiz tallied 13 points.
“All nine players for us scored, which is the first in a long while,” said Braman, adding that Grandview played well both offensively and defensively.
“I think we still need to make defense our primary focus, and not give up easy baskets or easy looks,” he said.
Braman said Grandview still has some tough opponents ahead. “Stopping them from scoring is going to be the start to a good offensive effort.”
Grandview (12-2, 14-2) this coming Friday will host Wapato. On Saturday, the ‘Hounds travel to Toppenish.