BOYS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs made big strides in winter season, future bright

The end result wasn’t what the Foster High boys basketball team had envisioned. But make no mistake, the Bulldogs grew by leaps and bounds during the winter season. So much so, in fact, that the Bulldogs have reason to believe in a future with limitless potential. A future that, given the relative youth of this season’s team, very well could include multiple state appearances. Foster entered the season having graduated 90 percent of its scoring punch and with nearly an entirely new starting rotation. Adding to the sea of change is the fact that the Bulldogs transitioned from a half-court, slow-down offense into an up-tempo, run-and-gun style of play.

The end result wasn’t what the Foster High boys basketball team had envisioned.

But make no mistake, the Bulldogs grew by leaps and bounds during the winter season. So much so, in fact, that the Bulldogs have reason to believe in a future with limitless potential. A future that, given the relative youth of this season’s team, very well could include multiple state appearances.

Foster entered the season having graduated 90 percent of its scoring punch and with nearly an entirely new starting rotation. Adding to the sea of change is the fact that the Bulldogs transitioned from a half-court, slow-down offense into an up-tempo, run-and-gun style of play.

Despite the changes, Foster finished just one game shy of a berth in the Class 2A state tournament.

“I still think this was a very successful year,” said coach Mike Broom. “we graduated 90 percent of our scoring from last year. There are only a couple teams that make it as far as they want to.”

There’s no question the Bulldogs didn’t reach their goals, especially after dropping the final four games of the season.

Yet, those losses came against some of the state’s top heavyweights, including Clover Park, which went on to win the state title, and Kingston, which took third.

And while the Bulldogs didn’t pull any late-season upsets during the sub-district and district tournaments, they more than held their own against teams that proved to be among the state’s best.

In fact, Foster lost to Clover Park by just five points – 64-59 – in a contest that came down to the final minutes. The Bulldogs remained step for step with Kingston as well, eventually succumbing to a 64-56 defeat.

No doubt, confidence was gained.

“We had a shot at the end to take the lead over Clover Park,” Broom pointed out. “We played Kingston, too. We hung with both of those teams.”

Foster did it with a young roster, too. A roster that should mostly be intact for another state run next year.

The Bulldogs will graduate a handful of players from this year’s team, which finished 9-5 in Seamount League play and 12-12 overall. Those seniors include: Hussein Hersi, a second-team All-League guard who averaged 9.9 points per game; Muhamed Osman (7.1 ppg.), Aaron Rodriguez and Abdi Farah among others.

Yet, optimism for a bright future remains.

A big part of that optimism stems from a sophomore class that is as talented – if not more – than any bunch in the state. Leading the way is TreVaunte Williams, who averaged 20.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game this season. Williams, the lone freshman in the Seamount League to earn first-team status, nearly doubled his output from a year ago. His maturation this winter was a key ingredient to Foster’s overall success.

“He went from a role player last year on a senior-laden team to being a leader on and off the court,” Broom said. “He still has a lot of room for improvement, but he is definitely one of the top sophomores in the state.”

Adding to Foster’s optimism will be the return of current sophomores Adem Suta (11.6 ppg.), Cedric Cooper (5.9 ppg.) along with junior Gabe Gutierrez (9.5 ppg.).

Suta, a starter, suffered a knee injury at midseason this year, which depleted the team’s depth during its postseason run. A healthy Suta could have made a big difference, Broom acknowledged.

“We continued playing pretty well, but that takes a toll,” the coach said. “He was one of the best shooters in the league at the time of the injury.”

Foster expects to return four of its five starters next year, though several other players gained valuable minutes this season and should make huge contributions in the future.

A future that is as bright as it has ever been.

“Next year, we’re going to want to get to (the state tournament in) Yakima and compete for a championship,” Broom said. “That’s the goal next year. But I don’t think that’s the only year we will be able to do it.”

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