WAPATO – In what was a close game between the Wapato Wolves and visiting Grandview, it was a surge of successful shooting in the final quarter that led the Greyhounds to a 71-52 win.
“Wapato went cold, missing several baskets in the final quarter,” said Grandview Coach Glenn Braman.
He said Grandview, on the flip side, was successfully sinking its field goal attempts and scored 27 points in the fourth quarter.
The Wolves didn’t make it easy, however. Braman said the Wapato players pressed the Greyhounds, especially leading scorers Isaiah Gonzalez and Isaiah Ruiz, who each had double-doubles last night. Gonzalez scored 35 points and tallied 15 boards, whereas Ruiz added another 14 points to the score, grabbed the ball from the glass 11 times and provided nine assists.
Wapato attempted several 3-point baskets in the final stanza, but couldn’t hit pay dirt.
“They (Wapato) spent a lot of energy trying to defend Isaiah Gonzalez and Isaiah Ruiz,” said Braman.
Braman said it was in the final three minutes of the game Grandview really pulled away.
“It was really close until then.”
Wapato and Grandview ended the opening quarter tied at 12 points. The ‘Hounds took a five-point lead into the half.
In the third quarter the Wolves outscored Grandview 18-17, but the Greyhounds maintained a four-point lead.
In the final minutes of the game, Grandview outscored Wapato 27-12 for the victory.
Braman said Grandview also did better from the charity stripe last night, sinking 7-of-12 baskets. That was opposed to successfully dropping the ball in only six times on 18 attempts last Saturday against West Valley.
He said last night’s victory against the Wolves was the result of a team effort. When Wapato targeted the two Isaiahs, it opened passing opportunities for the other Greyhounds. Braman said the team capitalized on those moments.
“These boys show unselfishness,” he said of Grandview, noting six of 10 Greyhounds scored.
Braman was also pleased with the rebounding efforts of the Greyhounds. Grandview outrebounded Wapato 45 to 18.
Bryce Carpenter of Grandview grabbed the ball from the boards 11 times and scored 8 points.
Also scoring 8 points was Grandview’s Andy Rodriguez, while teammates Joey Saenz and Kobe Schrank scored 3 points apiece.
“Every time we’re able to overcome obstacles, the kids learn to trust the coaching staff and each other more,” Braman said of his team.
Grandview (6-0, 8-0) is scheduled to host Toppenish tomorrow (Thursday).