Thunderbirds defeat Olympic 70-67
By Calvin Domingo - Staff Reporter
Following the team's first loss of the season, the Thunder- birds were able to bounce back with a three-point victory last week.
Highline defeated Olympic on Friday, Nov. 30 in Bremer- ton, 70-67 to bring the team's record to 3-1 four games into the season.
"We are learning to play harder defensively and take pride in that end of the floor. We have to be better of- fensively; fundamentally and with decision-making," said Head Coach Che Dawson.
Four different players scored in double digits for the 'Birds, with guard Coby Myles leading all scorers in addition to a mon- ster double-double, 28 points (11-18 from the floor, 3-3 from the three-point line) and 11 re- bounds.
"I really had no idea that I was putting up those numbers. I just did what came naturally and tried to help the team get a win. And that was the result," said Myles.
Myles wasn't the only one
busy filling up the box score. Sophomore guard-forward Da- vid Harris continued his solid all-around play with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists.
"Contributing to the team is always a priority for me. The team's success is always first. Our whole team has that men- tality and when we get going, nobody can stop us," said Harris.
Center Ethan Gates and sixth-man Ryder Kavanagh,
who has scored in double-dig- its in every game off the bench to date, each finished with 11 points.
Guard Markel Banks led the way for Olympic and dropped 24 points (9-13 from the field, 3-4 from the three-point line) and snagged 7 rebounds.
As a team, Highline's stifling defense played a huge role in holding Olympic to just 40 per- cent shooting (26-65 from the field) in addition to 17 forced turnovers.
However, although they fin- ished with a victory, the Thun- derbirds struggled shooting from the three-point line, end- ing the game 5-19 (26.3 per- cent). They also finished with 15 turnovers.
Head Coach Che Dawson said that the team needs to re- vert to the fundamentals as well as by taking shots within the flow of the game.
"We have to be much more fundamental and keep things simple. Jump stopping solves a lot of problems," Dawson said. "We haven't been shooting the ball as much in practice. We will do that. We also need to take better 3s that are within the rhythm of the offense."
Harris said that in terms of shooting the three ball, it was an off-night. As for the turn- overs, he says that it's a mental thing.
"As a team, we just couldn't knock down 3s like we usually do. Those will fall, and every- thing will be fine. The turn- overs are something we do have to cut down on," said Harris.
"We've been working on
the basics and then we should have less of those silly lapses in judgement."
The Highline men's bas- ketball team played last night against Everett but results were not available at press time.
The Thunderbirds play next against Whatcom on Sunday, Dec. 16 at noon in the NWAC Crossover Tournament.
Then, the 'Birds will take on Shoreline at home on Fri- day, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. Following that, they will match-up against Skagit Valley at home on Satur- day, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.
The 'Birds kick off 2019 against Peninsula on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. at home. After- ward, they battle against Bellev- ue on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. at Bellevue.
Highline begins league play against South Puget Sound on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. at South Puget Sound. Then, they collide with the Tacoma Titans on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at home.
On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Thunderbirds play Grays Har- bor at 8 p.m. in Aberdeen.