MARKS, MS. — The Glenbrook Apaches continued their quest for a state basketball championship, as they defeated Winona Christian, 51-35, Thursday night.
The Apaches will now move onto the MAIS Class A Final Four. They will play Claiborne Academy at 6 p.m. West Memphis Christian and Tri-County Academy. The winners of both games will play Saturday for the State Championship.
"We came out again tonight and jumped on Winona early," Glenbrook head coach Chris Kourvelas said. "They were in a zone defense and challenged us to shoot the ball."
The Apaches led 12-4 after the first quarter and then 26-12 at the half.
Glenbrook had to fight through some foul trouble in the first half, but Kourvelas had players step up to help out.
"Zach Specht ended up getting in early foul trouble, two quick ones in the first quarter and picked up a third with about 1:30 to go to half," Kourvleas said. "We had to sit him quite a bit. When a guy gets in foul trouble, you have to have a guy or guys step up. Caydan Maloney did just that. Caydan came in and was a big force all over the court. Austin Palmier also stepped up for us on defense and created turnovers."
Glenbrook out-scored Winona 18-8 in the third quarter before Winona took the fourth 15-7 to make the final, 51-35.
"You know, we have been talking all season long that we are not just a basketball team, we are more than that," Kourvelas said. "We are a family or a brotherhood as we like to call it. Yes, we argue with one another, we challenge one another; but at the end of the day, all of our guys know that every 'brother' on the team has their back., and now we're heading to the Final Four."
Wesley Hicks led the Apaches with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Terez "Mookie" Mack added 13 points and Cade Spurlock turned in 12 points and five rebounds Caydan Maloney added six points, 10 rebounds and six steals and Zach Specht had five points and four rebounds, Cory Walker added four points.
Now the Apaches will look towards a familiar foe, the Claiborne Academy Rebels.
"Well, I guess it shouldn't be any other way," Kourvelas said. "We have played and beat them three times already this year. First game we won by"
The question is now, can the Apaches do it a fourth time.
"I said last week, it was very difficult to beat a team three times in one season....now we are trying for four," Kourvelas said. "Four times is beyond my imagination, Claiborne knows exactly what we do, we know exactly what they do. Now, do I think we can come out on top for a fourth time and a chance to play for a State Championship? Yes, if we come out ready to play Glenbrook basketball and our family leans on one another, nothing will tear us apart."