Boys basketball: Late rally lifts Grandview to District 5/6 title

February 20, 2014 

Isaiah Gonzales had 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, including eight in the fourth quarter, as Grandview rallied to beat Ephrata 69-65 in the District 5/6 championship game Thursday at Sunnyside High School.

“We had to play comeback with this one, that’s for sure,” said Greyhounds coach Glenn Braman. It was a really hard-fought effort by our kids and Ephrata.”

The Greyhounds (19-3) are off until next weekend. They will play the No. 2 seed from the Great Northern League at a site and time that will be announced by the WIAA on Sunday.

Grandview trailed 40-29 at the half and by seven points entering the fourth quarter.

“We took the lead with a couple of minutes to play and we held them scoreless the rest of the way,” Braman said.

Gonzales, the Greyhounds’ 6-foot-4 senior post who was named CWAC Player of the Year, sat most of the second quarter with three fouls, but made up for lost time in the second half. He also had eight rebounds and two blocked shots.

Bryce Carpenter added 15 points for Grandview, while Isaiah Ruiz had 12 points and four assists.

Riley Pheasant led the Tigers with 14 points.

EPHRATA — Riley Pheasant 14, Ball 12, Blankenship 5, Johsnon 2, Burleson 2, Laird 12, DeHoog 8, Benthem 10, Monson.

GRANDVIEW — Rodriguez 3, Saenz 9, Armendariz 10, Schrank, Isaiah Gonzales 18, Bryce Carpenter 15, Isaiah Ruiz 12, Cornejo 2, Dailey.

Ephrata 17 23 16 9 — 65

Grandview 14 15 20 20 — 69

Highlights — Ruiz 4 assists, Gonzales 8 rebs, 2 blocked shots.

Columbia (Burbank) 48, Connell 35: The Coyotes once again jumped out to a big-first quarter lead, but this time they didn’t have a letup as they eliminated the Eagles in a Class 1A District 5 game at Toppenish Middle School.

Columbia (Burbank) led 14-2 after the first quarter and maintained from there, advancing to play Naches Valley at 4:45 p.m. Saturday in Toppenish. The winner of that game moves onto regionals, while the loser is eliminated.

“We played a great first quarter and we didn’t have a down quarter,” Coyotes coach Todd Schumacher said. “One of our more steady games, as far as offense and defense.”

The Coyotes had won 15 in a row, before falling in the semifinals Saturday to La Salle. Schumacher was a bit worried about how his team would respond to that loss.

“Monday’s practice, we looked like someone had killed our dog,” he said. “By Tuesday and Wednesday, we had definitely looked forward. It was like, ‘Hey, this is gonna end if we don’t look ahead.’ ”

Justin McBride was solid on both ends of the floor, scoring a game-high 14 points. Andrew Wattenburger added nine points and Matt Boulds had seven.

Tim Ellis and Porter Romm were big defensively, holding the Connell posts — Gage Taylor and Mac Hopkins — in check. Taylor had nine points, while Hopkins was scoreless.

“I was really proud of our guys,” Schumacher said. “Porter and Tim had their hands full, but everyone surrounded (Taylor) in the post. Limiting him to nine was a win for us. You can’t let him get 18 or 20 or you are in trouble.”

Brendan Holst added nine points for Connell, which saw its season come to an end.

COLUMBIA (BURBANK) — Justin McBride 14, Chism, Wattenburger 9, Balch 4, Mejia, Boulds 7, Romm 2, Ellis, Sorbel, Ryckman 5.

CONNELL — Holst 9, Huber 3, Merrill 2, Peterson 2, Li 2, Erickson, Taylor 9, Syrie 4.

Columbia (Burbank) 14 12 10 12 — 48

Connell 2 12 9 12 — 35

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