Men's basketball looks to end season on high
By Donnie Williams - Staff Reporter
Highline came away with a win in men's basketball last Wednesday against Grays Harbor College, 86-76, but need to remain perfect over the next three games if the Thunderbirds hope to make the playoffs.
The Thunderbirds out-rebounded the Chokers, 41-35, making it the second consecutive game in which they won on the glass.
Forward David Harris led the team to its victory, playing the full 40 minutes, with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.
Coach Che Dawson said that in order for the team to be successful in the playoffs it's attention to detail and consistent effort needed to improve. That showed in this game as guard Steffun Singleton helped Harris lead the team to a win.
Singleton also played 40 minutes, putting up 11 points, five rebounds, eight assists, and two steals.
The team shot better than it has recently, draining 54.2 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from behind the three-point-line, and 68.4 percent from the free throw line.
The Chokers couldn't respond to the Thunderbirds' hot shooting as they only shot 41.3 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from behind the three-point-line, and 61.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chokers missed too many shots to catch up to the Thunderbirds and it ultimately cost them the win.
The Thunderbirds got another win on the road last Saturday against the Green River Gators, 68-63, putting them at fourth place in the NWAC West.
Highline was out-rebounded this time, 48-42, it didn't hurt the team as though, it had in recent games.
The Gators were in the lead at the end of the first half, but they only made 20 percent of their three-point shots. And only 42.9 percent of their free throws fell.
That wasn't enough to outscore the Thunderbirds' 37.9 percent of three-pointers made and their 60 percent of free throws made.
Harris led the team to victory with 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Highline is currently 5-6 in the NWAC West, tied with Centralia. In order to remain in fourth, the Thunderbirds must win the three remaining games of the season.
Highline played Pierce College last night but results weren't available at press time. Their next game will be Saturday, Feb, 24 at home against the Lower Columbia Red Devils. The game starts at 2 p.m.