The Glenbrook Apaches were faced with a simple, yet dire, situation Friday night at home.
Win, or say goodbye to the playoffs.
The Apaches received that message well, coming out hot and dominating the River Oaks Mustangs in front of a good crowd, 55-33.
“River Oaks came in and tried to dictate a slow tempo,” Glenbrook boys head coach Jeff Dalton said. “We decided to full-court press at the start of the second quarter and it caused problems for River Oaks.”
The move proved to be the difference in the district finale, as Glenbrook won the final three quarters 53-29.
“The guys executed the run and jump press and the half-court trap as well as we have all season.”
Da’maza Robinson continues to emerge as big-time player for the Apaches, leading the team with 13 points in the win. Cade Conterez added 11 points, Joseph Windham had 10 points and Lemoris Jackson Jr. finished with nine points.
The Apaches will take on Taylor (AR) Monday night for senior night before beginning the South State Tournament next Monday, at Glenbrook.
In the girls game, the Glenbrook Lady Apaches flat-out dominated the River Oaks Lady Mustangs, wrapping up their district schedule with a 46-10 victory.
The Lady Apaches might be the story of the season, as a program that has seen hard times in recent years picked up their 20th win Friday to move to 20-3 on the season.
Now, the Lady Apaches find themselves as one of the teams to watch in the South State Tournament on their home floor, Monday, Feb. 8.
“It was a nice way to end district play,” Lady Apache head coach Rendi Dillard said. “The girls played really well coming off of two consecutive losses. It was a pretty tough week for us, but I am proud of the way the girls played this entire season. Now, we’re looking forward to the playoffs next week.”
The Lady Apaches were led by junior Megan Sims with 10 points, followed by Carsin Spurlock with nine points and Olivia Dalton and Kate Marvin with eight points.
The Lady Apaches have one more contest Monday night before they begin South State, a home game against Taylor (AR) for senior night.