WINNSBORO—The Glenbrook Apaches overcame a halftime deficit to beat Franklin Academy and put the finishing touches on an undefeated district championship.
The Apaches trailed 32-21 at the half, before out-scoring Franklin 46-29 in the second half to take the 67-61 win. Glenbrook ended the regular season with a 24-3 overall record and an outstanding 12-0 in district.
"Tonight we got off to an extremely slow start," Apache head coach Chris Kourvelas said. "We could not get many rebounds, we could not get many of our shots to fall, we seemed lazy on defense and offensively, we were making bad decisions and making lazy passes which ended up costing us a lot of turnovers. At one point in the second quarter, we were down by almost 20 points. Also, to make things worse, we had three or four players who were in foul trouble going in at halftime."
However, the Apaches were able to cut the lead down to 11 points just before the half. In the locker room, Kourvelas made some adjustments that paid off in the second half.
"At halftime, we made a few adjustments that we felt would give us a better advantage," he said. "We also talked about how poorly we were playing and we needed to find that spark to help put us back into our game. In the third quarter, we came out and played better."
The Apaches played better in the third quarter, but still trailed Franklin by eight points heading into the fourth quarter.
"We continued to make a few adjustments; however, late in the fourth we were still down by about three points," Kourvelas said. "Zach Specht ended up getting his fourth foul with about three minutes left and we brought him out, for just a bit to regain his composure and not allow him to pick up his fifth and final foul of the game. It was at that point, when Austin Palmier hit a three for us to put more pressure on Franklin."
Franklin was forced to foul and which sent Glenbrook to the line. Cade Spurlock did an amazing job of staying calm on the free throw line and making his shots, making eight of 10 in the fourth quarter.
Spurlock led the team with 22 points and Specht added 16 points and 14 rebounds. Wesley Hicks had a game-high 18 rebounds to go with his nine points and Caydan Maloney and Jacob White both scored eight.
"We were so proud of our young men because of the way they fought back into the game and came together as a team, especially in the second half," Kourvelas said. "They regained their focus, they made defensive stops and hit shots when we needed them. This was a very exciting game and we are so happy we came away with the win."
The team will now wait to see who and when they play in the first round of South State. South State will be held at Claiborne Academy. The Apaches will either play Tuesday or Wednesday and will play the fourth place team from the South District 6A which will either be Tensas or Amite.