YAKIMA -- The Grandview boys basketball team took fourth place the hard way.
After losing three of their last five games heading into Friday's consolation bracket, the Greyhounds capped their 2010-11 season with two straight wins at the 2A state tournament at the SunDome, finishing with a 55-45 win Saturday over West Valley of Spokane.
The win earned Grandview its highest finish since a third-place trophy in 2005. It was the program's 14th piece of hardware in 14 state appearances. No other 2A school with more than three appearances can match that success rate.
"This was a cool group of seniors. This is something special for me," said Hounds coach Roy Garcia. "As sophomores, they were part of my first group, and I watched them develop that Grandview tradition."
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Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday against the Eagles wasn't easy, either. In fact, it was the Greyhounds' third straight day in the early slot without a complaint.
But Hounds guard Daniel Nielsen played like it was prime time, scoring 13 of Grandview's first 16 points to spark a 16-1 lead after 5:36 of the first quarter.
"I was tired. I don't ever remember playing that well in the morning," Nielsen said.
The 6-foot-1 senior guard added six more points in the second quarter, staking the Greyhounds (25-3) to a 33-22 halftime lead against West Valley (23-5), the same team that beat them two weeks ago in a regional seeding game.
Nielsen finished with a game-high 22 points, and Christian Schrank added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both played all 32 minutes.
"We wanted to keep penetrating," Garcia said. "Even when Daniel was hot, we really wanted to move the ball around and keep attacking the basket."
West Valley guard Brady Bagby finished with four 3-pointers, 19 points and seven rebounds to lead West Valley. Jake Love added 11 points for the Eagles.
"It was pride. We were playing for the name on our chest," Nielsen said. "The seniors came out to play.
"What I'll remember most is holding up the trophy at the end."