Young MLT boys basketball team focuses on improvement

The Mountlake Terrace boys basketball team is always going to be challenged by the fact that it’s a 2A school playing in a 3A conference.This season, the Hawks are young (with just two returning players) and somewhat height-deficient (their tallest player is 6-foot-3).

But despite all of that, Mountlake Terrace coach Nalin Sood is optimistic his team can continue to improve during the course of the seasonand win its share of games.

“With so many new faces in the mix, I’m still trying to get a feel for this team,” Sood said. “We don’t have a lot of size, but we have speed.We’re not shooting well right now, but I think we’ll be a good-shooting team when it’s all said and done.

“There will be some bumps in the road, some peaks and valleys. We certainly want to end up with a good record, but we focus a lot on theprocess of getting better.”

The Hawks (2-3) have the makings of a decent nucleus. Junior Joey Gardner is a three-year starter at point guard. Brock Davis, a 6-3junior forward who missed last season with two stress fractures in his back, has shown promise. And Sood said he hopes junior KhyreeArmstead, a 6-3 wing, can take a step up this season by developing more of an all-around game.

“We’ve got some long, rangy kids,” Sood said. “I like our length and athleticism. We just have to try to use that to our advantage.”

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