T-Birds let another game slip away

By Chentay Warnes - Staff Reporter

With the Highline men's basketball team losing for the second time in a row, they dropped down to sixth place out of eight teams in the NWAC West Division. 

Last Wednesday the T-Birds lost 69-58 against Tacoma College. Highline's top scorer was Jamie Orme with 27 points, followed by Austin Anderson with 13 points. 

Highline out-rebounded Tacoma 47-39. Leading the T-Birds with 10 grabs under the basket were Orme and Anderson with six rebounds each. 

In the first half of the game Tacoma led 34-29. In the second half, Tacoma also edged the T-Birds 35-29. The top scorers for Tacoma were Kahliel Wyatt with 16 points and Khalil Thompson with 14.

The T-Birds had 12 turnovers, which Tacoma converted into nine points. Tacoma had nine turnovers and Highline was able to get 7 points from that.

Highline got 16 points from its bench and Tacoma had eight. The T-Birds were only able to make 52 percent of their free throws, while Tacoma made 73 percent. 

"We should have won. We were too inefficient offensively," said Highline Head Coach Che Dawson. 

Over the weekend Highline had a bye. "It is a good break mentally and physically," said Dawson.

Next Highline has an away game and will play against South Puget Sound for the second time on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. 

The last time the men's team went against South Puget Sound, Highline lost 72-51. With the top scorer Orme back in the game it could be a different outcome. 

"We should be focused on being more efficient offensively and correcting our defensive breakdowns," Coach Dawson said.

Next Wednesday, Feb. 15, the T-Birds will have an away game against Grays Harbor. The last Highline faced them, Grays Harbor won 50-47. 

The results from Wednesdays game against Centralia were unavailable at press time.

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