GHS has tune-up tonight before District tourney begins

GRANDVIEW – The Greyhounds are looking to avert a fourth straight loss in their league-ending contest tonight (Tuesday) against the visiting Selah Vikings.

Win or lose, however, the Grandview High School boys basketball team will open the six-team CWAC District tournament this coming weekend as the No. 6 seed.

That means the ‘Hounds, who are taking a 7-10 conference record into tonight’s league ending game with Selah, will open the postseason away from the confines of their own gym.

“We’ll be on the road against the CWAC’s No. 3 finishing team this coming Saturday,” said GHS Coach Glenn Braman, who confirmed that contest will be a loser-out affair.

The only givens at this point in time are that both Ephrata (15-2) and East Valley (14-3), as the CWAC’s top two teams, will get first-round District tourney byes.

What’s unknown is which clubs will finish third, fourth and fifth in CWAC play. Tonight’s final slate of league games will determine the order of finish … and, ultimately, who will play who when the District tourney gets underway on Feb. 14.

Tonight’s contests include Wapato playing at Ellensburg, with both teams taking 12-5 records into the fray; and Prosser (12-5) on the road at Othello (2-15).

According to Braman, should Ellensburg knock off the Wolfpack tonight and Prosser emerge victorious against the lowly Huskies, the Mustangs would earn the No. 3 seed into the District tournament.

“And that would put us on Prosser’s home court this coming Saturday for our loser-out District game,” said Braman.

“But there are several scenarios that could play out, so we’re just going to have to wait and see who does what Tuesday night,” Braman added.

A first-round District tourney game at Prosser would probably be more advantageous to the ‘Hounds than having to travel to either Wapato or Ellensburg. That’s because Grandview, last Saturday, swept into the Mustangs’ gym and nearly rallied from behind before dropping a nail-biting 55-53 decision.

The night before, on Friday, Grandview in its own gym fell to visiting Ellensburg, 63-52.

In its two match-ups with Wapato this season, the ‘Hounds came up on the short end of 65-50 and 61-41 scores.

In any event, Grandview will take to the road this Saturday to play a loser-out playoff game. A victory would propel the ‘Hounds out of the first round of District play into the double-elimination portion of the tournament.


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