MONROE — The Glenbrook Apaches pulled out a close 68-64 win over La. Christian Home School Monday night in Monroe and split a pair over the weekend.
Friday night, the Apaches dropped a 41-37 decision to Louisiana School of Math & Science and then beat Central School, 88-44, on Saturday.
Monday night, Zack Specht posted his second-straight double-double as he scored 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Apaches to the win over La. Christian.
"This was a very difficult game from the opening tip," Glenbrook head coach Chris Kourvelous said. "Not much seemed to go in our favor, shots were not falling early, we had a few mental turnovers here and there, a couple of defensive mistakes, but we were able to play with enough intensity and work as a team (a core) to work together to strengthen ourselves and figure out who to put a stop to a team that was making a good run at us."
In addition to Specht's double-double, Cade Spurlock also had a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Cory Walker scored 10 points and had eight rebounds, and Caydan Maloney had 13 rebounds and four points. Austin Palmier dropped in four points, six assists and four steals.
The Apaches out-rebounded La. Christian 50-21 and created 23 turnovers.
"We had to play a good number of minutes without a couple of our better players because of foul trouble, then early in the fourth quarter Palmier goes out of the game with an ankle injury," Kourvelous said. "It was a tough battle at this point but I, along with our coaching staff are very proud of the young men who went out and fought for us...this game belonged in our hands and they kept it there for us. The coaching staff and I are very proud of these boys, yes at times we played a bit sloppy, but we are getting better....remember, if everything were easy, you would be going downhill."
In Saturday's 88-44 win over Central School, Specht and Spurlock again led the way. Specht had his customary double-double with 30 points and 17 rebounds, and Spurlock dropped in 23 points and 11 rebounds. Palmier also had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Jacob White had nine points and five rebounds.
"We played much better basketball than we did against LSM&S," Kourvelous said. "Obviously when we make half of the three's we put up (nine of 18) and make a good majority of our free throws (which we got to the line a ton tonight 31 of 48) we can take a game out of the other team's hands. We played good team basketball as well."
Friday night, playing without Specht, the Apaches fell to LSM&S, 41-37.
Spurlock led the team with 20 points and six rebounds, Palmier added eight points and Maloney had seven.
"We played very sloppy ball Friday night," Kourvelous said. "We could not get much going in our favor. We turned the ball over, we did not rebound like we were supposed to, plus it really hurt that we went five of 15 from the line and 25% beyond the arc. A team must make their free throws if they want to win in any league! You know, everything added together, the lack of rebounding, the turnovers, the laziness on defense, and add the missed free throws and unsatisfactory percentage from beyond the arc and it is probably going to total an undesirable outcome."