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Grandview absorbs first loss

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The Grandview Greyhounds this past Friday and Saturday were on the road.The team defeated East Valley on Friday, 61-59, but Saturday suffered its first loss of the season to Ephrata, 59-52.

Grandview Coach Glenn Braman said his club knew beforehand that both games would be hard fought.

“Ephrata played just the way we knew they would, with lots of energy and making shots,” he said.

Grandview, said Braman, was unable to get the stops it needed. He said the Greyhounds were also unable to convert on some offensive opportunities.

“They (the Tigers) are a dangerous team anywhere, but especially at home,” said Braman.

Ephrata took an early 14-6 lead in the opening quarter and was able to maintain that lead, in spite of Grandview trying to dig itself out of the hole throughout the next two stanzas.

The Greyounds brought the score to 29-24 at halftime and outscored the Tigers in the third quarter by two points.

However, in the final quarter Ephrata kept Grandview in single digits with just eight points while adding 12 points to its own score.

“We had two of our worst quarters all season,” Braman said of the first and fourth periods.

“Maybe you can survive with one slow quarter, but two poor ones in the same game, on the road in a hostile environment…you are not always going to come out with victories in those cases,” he said.

Braman said, “Ephrata deserves a lot of credit for being aggressive and forcing us to play their type of game.”

Leading the Greyhounds on the scoreboard was Isaiah Gonzales with 18 points. Isaiah Ruiz contributed another 11 points to the final tally.

For Ephrata, it was Dylan Benthem that led his team with 21 points.

At East Valley on Friday, the ‘Hounds were almost evenly matched.

The Red Devils are 6-3 in league play and played with intensity.

“It was a back and forth game that neither team could really pull away,” said Braman.

Grandview opened the game with an 18-13 lead. The ‘Hounds were able to maintain that lead with a 27-21 first half.

In the third stanza, East Valley hit the court with vigor. The Red Devils outscored Grandview 21-15, tying the game.

The Greyhounds were able to maintain a narrow advantage in the final stanza.

“They (East Valley) scored a lay-in and were fouled with 12 seconds left to tie it,” said Braman.

It was Ruiz who made the lay-in that won the game for the ‘Hounds with just two seconds before the final whistle.

“East Valley is a very tall and athletic team, and I thought we held our own on the rebounding,” said Braman.

He said the Greyhounds need to make every defensive stop, “…and make sure when we get them to take the shot we want them to, that we come up with the defensive rebound.”

Braman believes improving the shot selection could propel the Greyhounds, helping the team escape close games.

“We were very lucky to escape East Valley with a win,” said Braman.

Gonzales again led the Greyhounds with 18 points against the Red Devils. Ruiz tallied 14 points.

Josh Gifford was the leading scorer for East Valley with 17 points, and Isaiah Harris added 15 points to the final score.

Braman said the Grey-hounds (9-1, 11-1) need to refocus, get back into the gym and prepare for this coming Friday’s home game against Ellensburg.

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