PROSSER – “What a way to cap off a long, crazy week,” Grandview boys basketball coach Glenn Braman said of Saturday’s rivalry match-up against Prosser.
The undefeated Greyhounds narrowly won the game, 72-70 in overtime.
“The Mustangs were upset-minded,” said Braman.
He credited host Prosser for leading much of the game, with Grandview trailing by as many as 12 points in the opening half.
Prosser outscored the Greyhounds 16-12 in the first quarter and widened the margin, outscoring Grandview 19-15 in the second quarter for a 35-27 lead at halftime.
The ‘Hounds were able to rally and cut the deficit to three points in the third quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 23-18.
In the final stanza, Grandview went on a 23-12 run. That wasn’t enough to win the game, however.
“We got a steal with just a few seconds left (on the clock) and advanced the ball down the sideline where Jay Armendariz cross-court passed to Bryce Carpenter for a winning shot…well, almost,” said Braman.
He said Carpenter took the shot, but something happened that Braman has never seen in a game. He said the shot was soft off the back of the rim. The ball stopped on the flat spot behind the rim as the clock expired. Braman said he’s only witnessed such an event two or three times in practice.
Because the ball didn’t fall through the hoop, the teams were forced into overtime with a score of 65-all.
Grandview had to battle Prosser without Isaiah Ruiz, who was injured in the last play of regulation.
Braman said, “Prosser stormed back...tying the game at 70.”
But, Grandview didn’t give up the fight. Although Prosser had possession of the ball with just 27 seconds remaining in overtime, the Greyhounds were determined. Isaiah Gonzales moved in on the Mustangs for a steal at about half-court with just four seconds left. He drove the ball to the basket and delivered the lay-in to win the game.
Gonzales was the leading scorer for Grandview with 20 points. Ruiz added 16 points to the final tally and teammate Joey Saenz tallied 15.
Also in the double digits was Greyhound Andy Rodriguez with 10 points.
Gonzales had a double-double with 11 boards. He had a total of six steals.
“We pulled together and showed that we can battle through adversity,” Braman said of the Greyhound rally.
“We know we are going to get everyone’s best shot every night…we could make all kinds of excuses about how we didn’t play well or this or that, but you have to give a lot of credit to Prosser for their play,” he said, noting Saturday’s game serves as a wake-up call.
Braman said it proves that Grandview can still improve and each game, each opponent should be approached with equal respect.
Prosser’s Cardell Jones, Mason Schutt and Evan Jensen combined for 48 points against the Greyhounds.
Braman predicts East Valley and Ephrata will be just as tough.
Grandview (8-0, 10-0) will travel to face the Red Devils this coming Friday and will be on the Tigers’ home court on Saturday.