T-Birds fall in first game
By Konner Hancock - Staff Reporter
The Highline Men's basketball team fell short on their first preseason game to the Clackamas Cougars, 89-83.
The T-Birds faced off against the Cougars, in Clackamas, this past Friday. Although the team was behind majority of the time, Highline played well for their first outing, said Che Dawson, Highline men's basketball head coach.
"We did a nice job of running the floor and attacking the basket offensively. We played together but didn't always execute as well as we needed to on the road against a good team," he said.
Highline did significantly better in the second making only three of its 10 three-point buckets in the first half with the other seven coming in the second. However, the team took almost the same amount of attempts in both halves.
"I think we can shoot the ball even better from the 3-point line," said Dawson.
Jamie Orme led the team in scoring with 16 points. While wing Val Wilson shot three of four and guards Trey Edwards and Trenten McCall both shot one for one from the 3-point line.
On defense the T-Birds were able to produce eight steals, three blocks and create 18 total turnovers. However, the team was only able to turn eight of those turnovers into points.
"Defensively, we're also good, not great. We have to be more disciplined in our positions and rotations," he said.
T-Birds Orme and Malik Townsend put up the highest statistics on the defensive side of the ball with Orme accounting for four of the eight Highline steals and Townsend put up two of the three blocks Highline had.
Throughout the entire game Highline was behind in offensive and defensive rebounds. The Cougars ended up with 49 rebounds leaving Highline with 38, Orme led in rebounding with 13 total.
"Our effort on the glass and for loose balls has to improve. We also need to execute and become more disciplined in the nuances of our offensive and defensive schemes," said Dawson.
The team's next game is another preseason match, Nov. 26, against the Shoreline Dolphins at Highline in the Thunder-dome, 7 p.m.
"I expect all of our guys to get better individually for the sake of the group," said Dawson.