Seven straight victories to start the season have Comeaux’s boys basketball team brimming with anticipation to make its home debut.
Because a season-opening game was canceled by a storm, the undefeated Spartans (7-0), who have played consecutive tournaments on the road, look forward to showing their fan base what all the fuss is about at 7 p.m. Tuesday against H.L. Bourgeois (5-3).
“Our kids are frustrated because they want to play at home,” Comeaux coach Jeremy Whittington said. “They haven’t seen their home crowd yet, and there’s a buzz going around with the way they’re playing.”
Having graduated his top two scorers from a year ago Whittington, whose team lost to Brother Martin in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs, has watched his youthful team grow up in a hurry.
It opened with a three-game stretch at the Catholic High-Baton Rouge tournament with contrasting results: double-digit wins over Broadmoor and Glen Oaks in the title game, along with a one-point semifinal victory against Zachary.
The Spartans were able to lengthen their rotation during the tournament when senior center Christian Ratliff and junior shooting guard Michael Smith joined the team after the completion of the football season.
“We looked extremely shaky in the fourth quarter against Zachary,” Whittington said. “But were able to pull it out and won it in the final against Glen Oaks. I knew we had a young team, but at the same time, I wanted to challenge them to see where we’re at.”
Without the benefit of a first-round bye, Comeaux had to win four games in four days to win an event at Teurlings Catholic.
The Spartans hung on to accomplish just that.
Comeaux enjoyed comfortable wins over Eunice (68-49) and Wossman (62-42) of Monroe, while outlasting Breaux Bridge (54-47) and finally defending Class 3A state runner-up St. Louis of Lake Charles (44-40) in the championship game.
Comeaux will take part in its third tournament of the season with a trip to H.L. Bourgeois’ tournament in Gray, opening with Central Lafourche on Thursday at 5 p.m.
“Each game we’ve gotten a little better,” Whittington said. “The kids are getting more confidence, which they need at a young age. I’m excited with the way they’ve been playing so far. We’ve gotten it done with numerous guys scoring.”
Comeaux features two sophomore starters in guard Ferontay Banks and versatile guard/forward Devaughn Thomas — both of whom started as freshmen.
Banks scored a career-high 29 points in his team’s win over Eunice and followed against Wossman with 27 more.
Smith gives the Spartans their best perimeter shooter, sophomore Jaelon Lagard, a threat to attack off the drive, and 6-foot-8 junior center Jordan Foster has returned after moving to Houston at the start of District 3-5A play last season.
“They’re having fun right now,” Whittington said. “They know if we do what we’re good at, which is running our stuff and playing defense, they can win.”