Men's basketball opens year .500

By Andrew LaChapelle - Staff Reporter

The Highline men's basketball team opened up the season with two games last weekend which they split.

The men lost to Olympic at home on Friday 94-74, and then proceeded to defeat Shoreline 80-71, the following day on the road.

In the game versus Olympic, Highline's youth and inexperience showed as the Rangers came firing out the gate and finished the first half with a 43-28 lead.

The T-Birds fared no better in the second half as the Rangers shot 45 percent behind the arc and got 21 points off of turnovers by Highline for the game.

The Rangers were led in scoring by forward David Tserger who sank seven three-pointers to finish with 28.

Meanwhile David Harris from Lincoln High School in Tacoma led the T-Birds with 21 points.

Highline Head Coach Che Dawson was not satisfied with his team's performance in the game but wasn't ready to blame his team.

"We did not play together at all offensively, and defensively lacked the sense of urgency it takes to win games, both of those things are my fault. They will be corrected," Dawson said.

Dawson said he tries to play tough teams such as the Rangers early in the year.

"We want to know where we stand for winning a region title. A false sense of how good we are will come back to bite us in the long run," he said.

The following day Highline hit the road to play Shoreline Community College.

The T-Birds had a much better effort on the defensive end holding Shoreline to 34 percent from the floor. Highline pushed the pace in the second half, netting 48 points to secure the victory.

Dawson said stealing a game on the road early in the season was big for his team.

"Very important [win]. We are trying to find the guys who are tough and committed to what we are doing," Dawson said.

The men's next game is Nov. 29 at home versus the Seattle Mountaineers, a semi-professional basketball club, at 7 p.m. Admission is free to students, staff and faculty with college ID. Non-college adult admission is $6 and youth younger than 18 get in free.

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