CARENCRO – Over the course of a season, teams often expect to endure trials and tribulations.
But for head coach Christopher Kovatch and his Carencro Bears, they have endured what they believe more than their fair share of them.
Whether it has been overcoming injuries, blowing leads late and/or losing in overtime, the Bears have fought through a great amount of adversity through the first 20 games of the season.
“Our season has been up and down a little bit,” said Kovatch, whose Bears will travel to face the Comeaux Spartans today at 7 p.m. in a key District 3-5A battle. “We have had a lot of bumps in the road. There are certain things that happen over the course of a whole year for a team and for us, we have experienced all of them in our first 20 games. It has been an interesting year so far.”
The Bears, who are 12-8 overall and 2-1 in district, have lost six games by five points or less including two in overtime. But Kovatch believes the Bears’ inexperience proved costly in several of their losses and the biggest reason why their overall record isn’t better than what it is.
“We were just making a lot of mental mistakes early on,” Kovatch said. “We were just making those mental mistakes at crucial times in the game and I guess that was from our lack of experience. We were making some bad choices in crucial situations during the game. But it wasn’t just mental breakdowns, we had some physical breakdowns also and that cost us some games.”
Kovatch stated one of the big keys for the Bears’ inexperienced players was to learn the difference between playing fast and playing in a hurry.
“Our kids are just so much more patient right now than they were at the early part of the season,” Kovatch said. “Because of our lack of size, we really want to play fast on offense. But the kids didn’t understand the difference between our desire to play fast and hurrying. Because we were hurrying, we were making some bad decisions with the basketball and that caused us to struggle protecting leads.”
Carencro, who has district wins over Sam Houston and Acadiana, are led by senior Jacob Siner and juniors Dandre Dudley and Araden Adams.
“Jacob has done a good job of playing point guard for us even though he is more of a wing player,” Kovatch said. “Dandre is a three-year starter and is one of those players who is capable of putting up big numbers. Araden is another one who can score points for us.”
Moving forward, Kovatch believes the key for the Bears will be how well they can do the little things necessary to be successful.
“We know that we can’t match up with anybody size wise in our district except for maybe Sam Houston,” Kovatch said. “We’re just so much smaller than everyone else that it is going to be important for us to do a lot of the little things well in order for us to have a chance. We have to play mistake free as possible on the defensive end and fast on the offensive end. If we can do those things, I feel that we have a chance to be successful.”
Carencro vs Comeaux
Game: 7 p.m., today, Spartans Gym
Records: CAR 12-8, 2-1. COM 11-7, 2-1.
Players to watch: CAR Jacob Siner; Dandre Dudley; Araden Adams. COM Hunter Register; Ferontay Banks; Devaughn Thomas.