YAKIMA -- The state tournament is all about second chances.
The Grandview boys basketball team ended up giving up way too many during a 47-37 quarterfinal loss to Burlington-Edison at the 2A state tournament at the SunDome on Thursday.
Now the Greyhounds (23-3), who have trophied in all 13 state appearances since 1988, will need a second chance today at 9 a.m. against River Ridge (19-6), which lost 52-49 to Clover Park.
"We block out, we win," said Grandview coach Roy Garcia after the loss, the Greyhounds third in the last five games. "That's been our Achilles' heel this year."
Grandview got off to a strong start, leading 8-4 after the first quarter and 21-14 at the half. The Greyhounds were doing a good job forcing 13 turnovers over the first two quarters.
True, the Tigers' 6-foot-6 post Eric Walser had eight points at the half, the rest of the Burlington-Edison lineup was shooting just 3-for-16.
But a disturbing trend was developing underneath the glass. The Tigers had a 17-9 halftime advantage on the boards, and it only got worse. B-E finished the game with a 37-20 rebounding edge, 22 of which were on the offensive end.
"Offensive rebounds were huge. That was at the top of the scouting report," said Burlington-Edison coach Rick Skeen. "(Grandview) has been blowing everybody out. We play in such a tough league, I thought if we were in this one at the end it would help us because we're used to being in tight games."
Tony Vela drilled a 3-pointer to give the Greyhounds a 24-14 lead just 1:20 into the second half, but Grandview went cold after that, missing its final seven shots of the quarter.
Meanwhile, the Tigers were starting to find a rhythm, getting eight points on putbacks and then a 3-pointer from Jordan Reed just before the buzzer to give B-E its first lead since the first quarter at 25-24.
"The past few games we've come out flat in the second half. You just can't do that," said Vela, the Hounds senior guard.
If that weren't bad news enough, Christian Schrank -- one of the team's offensive leaders -- drew his fourth foul late in the third quarter.
The Greyhounds missed their first two shots of the fourth quarter before Adrian Vela canned two 3-pointers, the second of which tied the score at 31.
Vela then stole the ball and fed his brother, Tony, for a layups that put Grandview back on top at 33-31 with just over 5 minutes left.