Highline loses its chance at postseason play
By Chentay Warnes - Staff Reporter
The men's basketball team beat the Green River Gators last Wednesday, making their record 6-7 (12-15 overall), but they will not be moving through to the NWAC playoffs.
Highline won 87-84 against the last place team the Gators (1-12). The leading scorers were Jamie Orme with 28 points followed by Val Wilson with 26 points. Austin Anderson had seven assists.
In the first half Highline led 46-39. In the second half the T-Birds scored 41 points and the Gators scored 45 points, making it a close game.
Highline put away 24 points from their second chances and Green River only got 11 points.
The T-Birds made 41 percent of their three-pointers and 57 percent of their free throws while the Gators made 37 percent of their three-pointers and 75 percent on free throws.
Green River got 31 points off the bench and Highline only got three. The top scorer for the Gators was Kaelin Crane with 26 points.
Pierce College beat Highline 97-64 on Saturday, Feb. 25. The leading scorer for Pierce with 21 points was Michael Hannan.
The top scorers for the T-Birds were Orme with 20 points and with 12 points each were Neil Green and Wilson.
In the first half the Raiders led 47-30 against the T-Birds. In the second half Pierce scored 50 points and Highline scored 34.
Highline made 28 percent of their field goals 32 percent of their three-pointers and 78 percent of their free throws. The Raiders made 50 percent of their field goals 44 percent of their three-pointers and 72 percent of their free throws.
The T-Birds scored 10 points off the bench and Pierce scored 45 points.
Highline had 13 turnovers which the Raiders converted into 17 points. Pierce had 10 turnovers and the T-Birds got 10 points from it.
"We have not played well defensively the last two games. Teams are scoring an inordinate amount of points, which is a function of effort and discipline," said Head Coach Che Dawson.
"The season didn't go as planned but I think as a team we grew together and stayed together. With how things went this year a lot of teams would've separated and would've completely fallen apart. That never happened with us," said Wilson.
"I wish myself and the team would've been more consistent. We had a lot of games where we looked like the best team in the NWACs and then we had games where we didn't even look like we wanted to play. I think consistency was our biggest problem," said Wilson.
Even though Highline had a rough season this year, next year Coach Dawson said, he is excited to put a group of guys together that will excel.
"They'll have a lot of returning players next year so the only advice I can really give them is learn from our mistakes. Take the good things we did this year and get rid of all the bad," said Wilson.
The results from Wednesday's games against Tacoma (fourth place team at 8-5) were unavailable at press time.