At the beginning of the 2008-2009 season, the Apache Men’s Basketball Team started 12-0. Unfortunately, in a game just before the long winter break, their perfect record became blemished by loosing by five points to Navarro College.

“Over the past three or four years, these teams have developed a rivalry against each other,” Head Coach Mike Marquis said.

With that five-point loss to the Navarro Bulldogs, it may have solidified that rivalry.

The Apaches will get another shot to beat the Bulldogs unlike other teams, such as the team that handed them their second loss, Lon Morris College.

In that game, the number nine ranked Apaches lost 82-61 and were outscored 48-29 in the second half. The game was close through the first half with a total of five lead changes, but quickly got away from the Apaches in the second half.

That game was tough, especially coming off a win at San Jacinto Central-College a few days earlier. In that game, the team was lead by Freshman Brent Barz who scored 19 points including the game winning lay-up with only 20 seconds remaining.

The team had rallied back from being 14 points down in the second half to take the game by one point, 64-63.

The next meeting between the Apaches and the Bulldogs will be Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Wagstaff Gymnasium. Having the home crowd behind them, coach Marquis is hoping this game will have a different outcome.

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