COUSHATTA — The Glenbrook Apaches traveled to Coushatta Monday night and dropped a non-district game to the Riverdale Rebels, 72-47.
"Well, tonight we played poor basketball, enough said," Glenbrook head coach Chris Kourvelas said. "After we beat Riverdale on the 17th, I think we let that go to our heads a bit and thought we could waltz through a game. We were not focused, we were not giving effort, and when I say effort, I do not mean we did not hustle, we did. What I mean is that we did not box out when we needed, we did not play defense the way we are supposed to play, we let silly mistakes take us out of the game all-together."
Riverdale used big first and third quarters to build their lead. The Rebels jumped out 21-11 after the first quarter and led 33-24 at the half. Riverdale out-scored Glenbrook, 33-24 to increase their lead to 66-30 going into the fourth quarter. The Apaches took the fourth, 17-15, but it was too little, too late.
The Apaches had an off night shooting the ball, and Kourvelas felt like that was a big contributor to the loss. The Apaches were just two of 10 from the three-point line and made only nine of 19 free throw attempts.
"Obviously when a team goes 20% from beyond the arc and 47% from the line and 44% all together, it usually will not add up to a W," he said. "Plus after we beat Riverdale the last time, they played like they had a chip on their shoulder tonight and earned all the respect back that they deserve after the beating they gave us tonight."
Zach Specht led the team with yet another double-double, with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Cade Spurlock scored 10 points and had eight rebounds and four assists, and Cory Walker scored seven points.
"This is only November, this is why we have played Riverdale three times plus a couple of other great teams....to get challenged," Kourvelas said. "We wanted to see what we've done well and the things we need to make adjustments on. Plus we got to stay positive. Anytime you lose you are not going to be in a good mood. You are not going to have strong confidence, that's completely normal. But we have to bounce back, we have a good basketball team and I think our best basketball is ahead of us."
The Apaches will be back in action tonight as they host the team from Louisiana Math & Science Academy from Natchitoches.