Foster plays Fife Tuesday night in first game of basketball postseason

The Foster Bulldogs twice beat the Renton High Indians on the way to the postseason. - Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter
The Foster Bulldogs twice beat the Renton High Indians on the way to the postseason.
— image credit: Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

The Foster boys basketball team takes its 8-6 Seamount League record into the postseason with a subdistrict game against Fife today (Tuesday) in Tacoma.

The Bulldogs go into the subdistrict tournament seeded No. 5, ahead of Renton High seeded at No. 7. The 9-5 Lindbergh High in Renton, the other Seamount team headed to the 2A postseason, is seeded No. 2 in the subdistricts.

Foster and Renton hold identical league records, but Foster placed fourth and Renton fifth in the season. The Bulldogs twice during the regular season beat the Indians, who placed fifth in the state tournament last year.

The subdistrict play determines seeding for the district tournament, with each team playing three times this week. The low seeds face the high seeds again in the district tournament.

The step after districts is the regional tournament and finally the state tournament.

The Bulldogs' game starts at 7 p.m. at  Fife High School, 5616 20th St. E., Tacoma. Fife finished second in the South Puget Sound League with a 11-3 record

The Bulldogs have been on a mission to reach the postseason since the season began, said their second-year coach, Issac Tucker.

"Back in November they set a 'team mission' to play at the Sundome in Yakima," said Tucker. "We don't use the term "goal" because I feel it's a yes or no, a finish line you either reach or you don't."

Instead, the team used the term "mission," because "it's all about the journey ... if we get there, great; if we don't, then by all means do your best to enjoy the ride."

Leading the Bulldogs into the postseason are three of the best players in the Seamount League.

At the Seamount coaches' meeting Monday, junior forward Ronnie Roberson was named to the league's first team, senior wing Ben Mitchell to the second team and senior wing Max Montoya received an honorable mention.

"Roberson is clearly the motor that makes this wagon go," said Tucker. "He has a sixth gear that most people don't have, and he stays in it every second he's on the floor."

For the second year in a row, Roberson has led the lead in rebounds (14 a game) and blocked shots (2 1/2 a game) and  this year placed fourth in scoring, 14 points a game.

Tucker said the Bulldogs haven't peaked yet and he hopes that happens at the district tournament next week.

"We talk all year about how every game and every practice has one purpose and that's to grow together as a team and put us in position to have success in the middle of February.

"Win or lose at Fife, I know they are ready," Tucker said.

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