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Seton's Mark Weems, Jr. releases a shot past Providence-St. Mel's Teadric Anderson. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Alex Foster’s high school career started with a great deal of promise. He was considered one of the top three players in the state’s 2013 class as a freshman at De La Salle.
Since then, there have been high moments, like signing a scholarship to Minnesota. And low ones, like getting frustrated with his development at De La Salle. That led to a move to Seton this summer and a new issue.
“It was rough at first because none of us knew each other,” Foster said. “We knew of each other, but that was it.”
Foster knows his Sting teammates now, and they are starting to learn to go to him in the fourth quarter. The 6-8 senior scored seven of his 13 points in the fourth, leading Seton to a 56-52 win over host Providence-St. Mel Tuesday in a matchup of the area’s top Class 2A teams.
“It’s coming along now,” Seton senior Mark Weems Jr. said. “We struggled with our chemistry at the beginning of the season, but it’s a lot better now.”
The Sting had trouble early with Providence-St. Mel’s guard penetration.
“We couldn’t keep them in front of us,” Seton coach Brandon Thomas said. “Their guards are great.”
The Knights (13-4) led 46-38 after three quarters, but Seton’s switch to a zone defense in the fourth quarter shut them down. Providence-St. Mel scored only one field goal in the final 9:33 of the game.
“We’ve been working on our zone a lot,” Weems said. “We haven’t really used it much we’ve been saving it.”
Foster’s basket with 5:41 to play gave Seton (12-8) a 48-47 lead. The Knights managed to tie the score, but Foster scored again with 2:18 to play to give Seton the lead for good.
“We’re figuring out that one way or another he has to get the ball,” Thomas said. “He’s so big and a good passer. He puts so much pressure on the defense. He came up big.”
Weems was Seton’s consistent threat throughout the game, with a game high 17 points. Kamal Shasi added 10 points.
Senior Khalil Small led the Knights with 15 points and five rebounds. Junior Tevin King scored 13 and promising sophomore Ant Mosley Jr. added 10 points and five rebounds.