The Glenbrook Apaches and Lady Apaches opened up their 2011-12 basketball season with a pair of varsity games with Riverdale Academy, Tuesday night.
Unfortunately for Glenbrook, Riverdale would head back to Coushatta with two wins.
The Apaches lost 84-74, while the Lady Rebels topped the Lady Apaches, 48-15.
"I am very proud of the effort our young men put forth in tonight's game," Glenbrook head coach Chris Kourvelas said. "Early in the fourth quarter, we were down by over 20 points and it was a bit discouraging. However, we were able to fight back and make it an eight point game with about two minutes left."
The Apaches trailed 65-48 going into the fourth quarter, and then out-scored the Rebels 26-19 in the final quarter. But in the end it just wasn't enough.
"Our guys fought hard to the end and never gave up. Riverdale has a couple of great basketball players, one of which is a good overall play maker and another kid who pounds the boards on both ends of the court. I give credit to our coaching staff for making key adjustments when we needed and that was one of the big reasons we stayed in the game."
Zack Specht had a big night for the Apaches as he recorded a double-double. he scored 30 points (15 coming on five three-pointers) and pulled down 12 rebounds. Cade Spurlock dropped in 19 points and six rebounds and Caydan Maloney had 10 points and five rebounds.
"Obviously, it was a very high scoring game ... any high school team that puts up 84 points deserves to win, but we did make it tough on them," Kourvelas said. "I have to keep in mind that this was our first game of the year; we had a few defensive and mental breakdowns, but that was expected. I told the guys that they did not play as if this were the first game they had played, it seemed as if we had been playing for a couple of weeks ... which is good and we played great for a first game. Of course, if this were a month from now, it would be a different story. We can definitely learn from what we need to correct and move forward from here."
The Lady Apaches had a tougher time, as they fell behind early and never recovered, losing to Riverdale, 48-15.
"To open up with Riverdale, one of the best teams in AA this year was a tough task," Lady Apache head coach Gary Harris said. "They start five seniors who've been in their program for years and execute like a well oiled machine. They are well-coached and extremely athletic. I don't think we'll see a better post player this year than the one they had in the middle. I've been coaching in this league for 13 years and they have one of the best teams I've seen."
Lauren Sims led the Lady Apaches with 10 points. Kate Tracy and Hannah Harris each added two pints, and Macie Branch had one.
"We actually started out the game pretty well," Harris said. "We had a lot of defensive intensity, got some strong rebounds, and took some decent shots that just didn't go in. After awhile though, their pressure starts to wear on you. We had some turnovers under their basket which lead to easy points for them. And as the game wore on, we quit rebounding."
Harris sees this game as a stepping stone to where the Lady Apaches end up this season.
"We'll use this as a chance to learn and get better," he said. "Riverdale has the kind of program that I envision for us here at Glenbrook. They didn't get their overnight and it's going to take some time and effort for us to get there as well."