T-Birds sit at No. 5 in the West

By Chentay Warnes - Staff Reporter



After a tough week, top scorer Jamie Orme got back on the court and helped bring Highline up to fifth place in the NWAC West Division.

Last Wednesday the T-Birds beat the Green River Gators, 68-55. The top scorer was Orme with 18 points followed by Shakwell Vincent and Neil Green with 13 points.

Highline dominated under the basket with 40 rebounds vs the Gators with 33, Orme had 10 grabs and Cass Matheis got 7.

On the weekend Highline lost 93-52 against Pierce College, the third-place team. Leading the team with nine points was Neil Green and closely behind with eight points was Markese Jackson.

Highline was out-rebounded in the game last Saturday 40-23, Desmond Hudson led Highline with six grabs and Neil Green with four rebounds.

"We did not play very well against Green River and played even worse against Pierce. It just looked different because Pierce is a much better team than Green River. Our sense of urgency, focus, effort and toughness are seriously lacking right now and not reflective of Highline standards," said Highline Head Coach Che Dawson.

Highline is going into the half way mark as a fifth-place team with a league record of 2-4 and an overall record of 8-12. For the men's team to move on they will need to be in fourth place at the end of the league to make the NWAC tournament.

"It depends on what other teams do. Just like life, the more you don't take care of your own business, the more you have to rely on other people," said Dawson.

Highline has a bye on Saturday, then will start to play all the teams in the league for the second-time next week.

Next the T-Birds will have a home game at 8 p.m. against Centralia on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The last time the men's team played Centralia, Highline beat them 93-61.

Results from the Feb. 1 game against Tacoma were unavailable at press time.



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