Apaches begin Class A Tourney this week
HOMER – The Glenbrook Apaches captured the MAIS Class South State Championship over the weekend with a pair of victories in the South State Tournament held at Claiborne Academy. The Apaches are now 27-3.
Friday night the Apaches beat Claiborne Academy in overtime, 58-57, and then the Apaches defeated WCCA, 60-42 in the South State Championship Game on Saturday. Glenbrook will now advanced to this week's Overall Class A Tournament.
"We're real happy with this win, but our attention now turns to the A State Tournament," Apaches head coach Chris Kourvelas said. "We begin play either Monday or Tuesday and will be facing DeSoto in the first round. We clinched the #1 Seed from the South from the tournament and DeSoto is the #4 seed from the North. I would like to thank all of the fans who have supported us all year, and also, a huge thanks to Claiborne Academy and all of their personnel who helped put on an amazing South State Tournament."
The Apaches jumped out to an 18-6 lead at the first quarter and then led 35-16 at the half. WCCA out-scored Glenbrook, 17-12, in the third quarter to cut the lead to 47-33 going into the fourth, but the Apaches took the final quarter, 13-9, to close out the game.
"We jumped on WCCA early tonight," Kourvelas said. "We rebounded the ball very well by boxing out and getting to the rim. We shot very well inside as well. WCCA did put a run on us in the third quarter and cut into our lead to where we were up by 10. However, we were able to keep our composure and push them back into the water. We began to run time off the clock late in the fourth to keep the ball out of their hands and we also got a lot of open layups off of those offensive sets."
Zach Specht led the Apaches with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds and Cade Spurlock dropped in 12 points and six boards. Wesley Hicks scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
Terez "Mookie" Mack added six points and seven rebounds. "Cade, Specht and Mookie were named to the All-Tournament Team and I am very proud of them," Kourvelas said. "However, I am proud of all of our boys for competing with effort, heart, determination and attention to detail. We are South State Champions."
Friday night, the Apaches beat Claiborne, 58-57 on a last-second shot in overtime in the South State semi-finals.
C.A. bolted out in front of the Apaches 16-8 in the first quarter and then led Glenbrook 31-17 at the half. Glenbrook came back in the third quarter to cut the lead down to 38-28 going into the fourth quarter. Then Apaches then blitzed the Rebels 22-12 in the fourth to force overtime. In the overtime, the Apaches out-scored the Rebels 8-7 to take the win.
"Claiborne came out and really put it to us," Kourvelas said. "They jumped on us early and jumped on us hard. The whole first half and even to about with 2:30 left in the 3rd quarter, we simply could not get things going."
Kourvelas felt confident going into overtime.
"Going into overtime, I told the guys we had been in this situation before and I know they can compose themselves and keep making things happen," he said. "In overtime, with about a minute remaining, Cory Walker plays excellent defense and creates a steal, as he is going down court on a fast break, he is fouled and sent to the line in the double-bonus. Cory, unfortunately missed both, but Zach Specht came up with a huge rebound and an even bigger put-back to put us up by one (56-55) with about 40 seconds left."
Kourvelas though CA would hold for the last shot, but the Rebels found a lane, went to the basket and got an easy layup with about 15 seconds left.
The Apaches then brought the ball down the floor. Mack makes a pass to Walker back at top of the key, who passes it back to Mack after he comes off a screen. Mack then drove the baseline and pulls up for a 10 foot jumper and makes it with six seconds left.
CA then missed a long shot as time expired, giving the Apaches the win.
Mack led the team with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Spurlock scored 12 points and Specht had 11 points and nine rebounds. Hicks grabbed eight rebounds and Walker had seven.