Grandview boys lose season opener, 96-70

Felix Medina attempts to steal the ball from Isaiah Strong of Pullman.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Felix Medina attempts to steal the ball from Isaiah Strong of Pullman.



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Grandview’s Gunner Chronis sinks a 3-point shot amidst the defense of Tim Pendry and Jake Cillay.

— A challenging competition was had on the high school hardwood last night as Pullman defeated the host Greyhounds, 96-70.

“They definitely challenge us,” Grandview coach Frankie Medina said of the visiting Pullman Greyhounds. “They have a really good program.”

The teams were seemingly closely matched in the first quarter as Pullman outscored Grandview by just four points, 25-21.

The visitors turned up the heat and outscored the home team 26-16 in the second stanza for a halftime lead of 51-37.

“The positive is we were down 14 points and cut the deficit to single digits,” Medina said.

In the third quarter, Grandview drew within nine points. The score was 69-60 at the end of the stanza.

But, Grandview was held to just 10 points in the final quarter, while Pullman scored 30.

“The team (Grandview) is getting used to a faster pace and more full-court pressure,” Medina said.

Throughout the game, he noticed his players forcing baskets “… instead of making smart decisions.”

Medina said the team needs to find the balance between speed and choosing when a shot is viable.

“We shot a little better than 50 percent, which is good,” Medina said. “Pullman was just good on the inside.”

Defensively, he said Grandview had Marc Martinez and Gabe Esqueda inside the key. “We needed a little more — we were outsized.”

Medina said better communication on defense would have also been beneficial, particularly when Pullman implemented its screen plays.

“Both sides were aggressive on defense — there was definitely a lot of pressure,” Medina said.

Grandview’s strategy included man-on-man, as well as a 2-2-1 pressure defense in an effort to unsettle Pullman’s offense.

On offense, Gunner Chronis was Grandview’s leading scorer with 31 points. He tossed in two 3-point shots and was 9-for-10 from the charity stripe.

“Gunner ran the floor well,” Medina said.

Inside the paint, Esqueda scored seven baskets. “He did really well with the inside shots,” Medina said.

Esqueda added a free throw for 15 points.

“We attacked the basket well,” Medina said.

Grandview was also 21-for-26 from the charity stripe. “They can definitely impact the outcome of a game,” he said of free throw opportunities.

Scoring was spread among five other Grandview players. Martinez scored nine points, Jalen Fonseca dropped in eight points, Felix Medina and Andrew Gutierrez contributed three points each, and Joel Pina dropped the ball in the basket on a free throw.

The Grandview Greyhounds play at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow in Ephrata.



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