The Sumner Spartans rebounded from a stunning defeat in the first round of the Class 2A sub-district boys basketball tournament with a 63-51 win against the Foster Bulldogs on Thursday night at Sumner High School.
Sumner clinched the No. 6 seed to the West Central District tournament with the win.
Spartans head coach Brett McDaniel said his team’s attention to defense and rebounding was the difference. It took 7 minutes and 30 seconds for Foster to record its first field goal.
“We haven’t been shooting the ball that well lately and have been flat offensively,” McDaniel said. “At this point of the season, it’s a grind, and you play a lot of games in a short amount of time.
“It’s challenging,” he said. “We hang our hat on our defense, and we played great defense and rebounded the ball against Foster. It was just a matter of getting back to bringing that tougher defensive mindset to the floor. We got the lead early and never let up.”
Renton beat Sumner 64-57 in the opening round. The Spartans were set to face Lindbergh in a loser-out game after press time on Feb. 17.
“Lindbergh is the No. 1 seed out of the Seamount League,” McDaniel said Friday afternoon. “They are tough, and they are athletic. They have some high-caliber players. We’re in for a real challenge.
“We’re capable of beating anyone in our district,” the coach added. “It all comes down to rebounding and defense. We don’t rely on one guy. It is a total team effort. We have some tough loser-out games ahead of us, if we want to make a run. We’re ready for it.”