This past weekend, the wins kept coming in for the Spartans. They went 4-0 once again in their home Spartan Classic tournament. It improved their winning streak to 11.

In East Ascension's season opener, they faced the Class 3A defending champs in U-High without multiple starters that were still playing football. The Spartans lost the game by 5.

By the time the next week rolled around, the missing football players had rejoined the team. The Spartans haven't lost since.

To start December, East Ascension went a perfect 4-0 in the John "Hot Rod" Williams Gold Dome Classic at Dutchtown, despite head coach Barry Whittington, Jr. characterizing his team's play as "poor."

This past weekend, the wins kept coming in for the Spartans. They went 4-0 once again in their home Spartan Classic tournament. It improved their winning streak to 11.

In Friday night's semifinal game against parish foe Donaldsonville (a team Whittington coached for two years), East Ascension's offense showed tremendous improvement from the week before as they made seven 3-pointers in a dominating 69-42 victory.

"I think we did some things more often that we're supposed to do, and we played well, but we still have bouts of turning the ball over," Whittington said. "We're better than we were last week, but we still have strides that we need to make to be really efficient on offense."

However, the Spartan offense was sharp as a knife early on as they jumped all over Donaldsonville right out of the gates.

A bucket by Cameron Wire down low gave East Ascension a 7-0 lead to start the game.

Justin Harris eventually finished on a coast-to-coast transition layup to put the Tigers in an early 11-1 hole.

The Spartans were able to take a 17-6 advantage into the second quarter after Le'Aaron Cain drilled a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the first period.

In the second, a 3-pointer by Aaron Julien completed a 5-0 run by Donaldsonville to cut the deficit to 9, but that's when East Ascension went on a devastating run to put the game out of reach for the Tigers.

Both Cole Hatcher and Kameron Clayton hit 3-pointers in what became a 19-2 Spartan flurry to end the first half. It put them up, 39-13.

Nine different East Ascension players scored in the first half, and they held Donaldsonville to just four field goals.

"Defensively, we simplified some things. We're not doing as much on defense scheme-wise. We're just trying to be really sound--like we're doing right now," Whittington said. "We tell our kids, 'We don't need to make spectacular plays to get spectacular results.' We just have to keep chipping away. I think that if we continue to do that, we'll be ok."

The East Ascension onslaught continued in the third quarter.

Jimel London made two straight spectacular drives to the hoop that were finished off with layups to give the Spartans a 52-19 advantage.

Donaldsonville was able to out-score East Ascension, 20-12, in the fourth quarter, but the damage was already done.

For the Tigers, Jacoby Simon scored 16 of his team's 42 points. Julien and Ladarius Jackson finished with 8 apiece.

The Spartans were led by Cain as he poured in 16. London and Hatcher each had 10, and Kamron Glover finished with 9.

The easy victory pushed East Ascension through to the tournament's championship game on Saturday.

"Being a graduate of East Ascension, I don't even remember if we've ever made it to the championship game. Obviously, you want the best team to make it," Whittington said. "This is my third year in a row making it to the finals. I made it my last year with Donaldsonville. We have to be ready for St. Paul's. It's a rematch of a playoff game from last year."

The Spartans beat St. Paul's in last year's quarterfinal matchup, and they beat them again last weekend. They pulled off a 72-63 victory to take home the Spartan Classic title.