In a play, Nick Comei allowed the world to see his value on the basketball court.
Unfortunately, it’s cost him two or three weeks.
“I can’t wait to get him back, too,” said coach Mike Trovato, he of the three-game win streaking Hillies. “The way we are playing right now, he’s going to be even more valuable to us.”
The senior Comei suffered a broken nose and a concussion on the same play, during the fourth quarter of a pre-Christmas loss to St. John’s Prep.
He stripped his man for the ball, then collided face-to-face as both scurried for the loose ball. Even after he was hurt, Comei flung his body to the hardwood on a dive after the loose ball.
“He understood how huge a point it was in the game, and how important that basketball was to us,” said Trovato, noting the Hillies were in the middle of a frenetic run, slicing the Prep lead from 20 to 7. “Unfortunately, the ball deflected right to a Prep player for a layup, and we lost Nick because of the injuries.
“But let me tell you, this was a kid with a broken nose and a concussion, who came to school the next day. Talk about setting the example.”
Comei, who hasn’t yet passed the impact test, is itching to return to the lineup.
“I’m dying to get back,” said Comei. “I love basketball. I just love to compete.”
Of course, baseball remains the No. 1 sport for the gritty, all-conference shortstop/pitcher Comei.
As he lays his body on the line on the court, Comei continues to land a college spot to continue his diamond career. Both WPI and Merrimack are high on his list.
Hillies suddenly sizzling
Obviously, Mike Trovato’s Hillies have amped up the intensity, now that they are picking on teams more their own size.