Men's basketball narrowly misses playoffs
By Donnie Williams - Staff Reporter
Highline ended its men's basketball season with a loss at Centralia college last Wednesday, 84-75.
The Thunderbirds and Trail Blazers ended up at 6-8, but Centralia's win gives it the right advance to the NWAC Championships.
The Thunderbirds shot well at Centralia, draining 40.8 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 63.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Coby Rothwell led the team in points with 18. David Harris trailed had 17 points and nine rebounds. Key player off the bench Robert Hester had 10 points but was injured in the second half.
Highline ended the first half with a seven-point lead. The Blazers had also missed almost 90 percent of their three-point shots at that point. They turned that around in the second half though as they shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and ended the second half with a 15-point lead and the game in the bag.
The Thunderbirds failed to out-rebound the Trail Blazers, depriving them of many opportunities to stop the Trail Blazers' hot streak in the second half.
Highline players say they hope to do better next year.
"We need to come back more focused and ready to compete for a NWAC title," said Robert Hester. "All the pieces are there."
Highline ends its season at 11-17 and says goodbye to sophomores Desmond Hudson and Neil Green.
The Thunderbirds hope for better things next season with as many as nine returning freshman and some new talent coming in next year.