LAFAYETTE — Comeaux coach Jeremy Whittington said he figured the Spartans could execute well against a young Lafayette High team.
Comeaux dominated the first quarter, jumping out to a 12-2 lead led by Jordan Foster’s six points in the opening period. Foster finished with a game-high 19 points as the Spartans ran away with the 61-41 win.
“From the beginning, I felt like we could run our stuff pretty good,” Whittington said. “I felt like our offense, when we are sharp, we can execute against good teams. We got some easy buckets against their zone, and then they had to get into man (-to-man). That is what we wanted.”
Foster not only led the team with 19 points, but his seven blocks were a big reason the Lions never got closer than six points after the first quarter. Whittington said Foster is slowly understanding how much his 6-foot-8 inch frame can change the game.
“(Lafayette) didn’t get to the rim because of Jordan Foster,” Whittington said. “Every time a guy went in there, they were changing their shot and he dominated the glass on both sides.
“He went on the offensive board, and he by himself changed the game a lot. He was protecting our basket. He is starting to realize he is the big guy, and he can take control of a game.”
Ferontay Banks added 12 for the Spartans and Devaughn chipped in 11. Whittington said the speedy Banks goes “100 miles an hour,” and he said slowing him down has been a work in progress.
“(Banks) is a jet, and when he slows it down, we can be effective,” Whittington said. “When he is out there going all out with our big guys, we don’t look all that good. He is beginning to understand that we need to run something and run it now. We need possessions that are quality and having him understand that when we want to run something for an easy bucket, we can.”
Whittington said his team had a poor shooting night but was still proud of the effort. He said he feels like the offense is improving, and the team is committed to what is effective.
“There are going to be nights when you fly out there and you can hit shots,” Whittington said. “You want to come down, get your clock ran and extend your lead. We didn’t shoot the ball well from outside (Friday night), and if we can pound the ball in there, we will.
“We may shoot two, three or four of them, but after that, I really don’t have to say anything. Jordan is coming over and saying, ‘hey, let’s get me the ball.’ Our kids know, and they’re committed to get the ball down low. To beat Lafayette High by 20 on a night we didn’t shoot well, I am proud of that effort.”