BOYS PREP BASKETBALL
RICHLAND – It’s a disappointing end to the Grandview boys basketball season, having suffered an 84-69 loss to Clarkston at the State Regional loser-out affair against Clarkston.
The Greyhounds were ranked No. 1 in the State standings at the beginning of the season, but going into Saturday’s game it was Clarkston that held that honor.
The Bantams proved they deserved that ranking from the beginning to the end of Saturday’s game.
Clarkston opened the game on a 21-12 run and didn’t look back.
They continued the momentum and opened a 39-31 halftime lead.
“We just couldn’t get going consistently on offense,” said Grandview Coach Glenn Braman.
He said Clarkston was “...hitting on all cylinders.”
Grandview, having trouble getting in tempo, was also beat on the boards. The Bantams outrebounded the ‘Hounds 39-20.
Braman said a statistic that lopsided is never a good sign.
Clarkston continued to hit its shots at top speed in the third quarter, outscoring the Greyhounds 22-12.
“We struggled to get the tempo where we wanted it, and they were matching us in the speed of the game and forcing us to play at a tempo that better suited them,” said Braman.
He said Grandview never gave up, though “…which is a testament to how much we wanted to win the game.”
The ‘Hounds outscored Clarkston 26-23 in the final quarter, but the effort was short of the goal.
Grandview’s Isaiah Ruiz scored a game-high 26 points. He also provided five assists.
Also scoring in double digits were teammates Isaiah Gonzales with 14 points and Jay Armendariz with 10 points.
Gonzales tallied six boards.
For Clarkston, it was Trevor Sperry that scored a team-high 19 points. Kage Sabotta of the Bantams contributed another 17 points to the final tally.
Braman said Clarkston was also hot from the charity stripe, sinking 18-of-20 shots.
“Losing in the Regional game, one step away from getting to the Dome is probably one of the hardest ways to end your season,” said Braman.
He said this year was exciting for him, having had his first experience with playoff basketball “…and I know I will take valuable experience away from the season.
“It’s a hard pill to swallow when you are 19-4, league champs, District champs and you are not going to get the chance to bring home a State trophy.”
Braman said the format, which used to include the top 16 teams at State, is unfortunate.
“These kids helped to create a whole new generation of dreamers in Grandview,” he said, stating it is his belief that the younger students are inspired.
The team, which will lose seven players to graduation this year, “…will forever be etched in my mind and heart as a team that never gave up no matter the circumstances,” Braman added.