Men's Basketball: Highline Topples Olympic College
Dec. 16: Showing little effect from playing its fourth game in five days, Highline used a first half run to get a working lead over the Olympic College Rangers and extended it throughout the game for a 96-74 win (stats). Ben Tucakovic’s 23 points and 11 rebounds led the Thunderbirds. Olympic was led by Gavin Peppers with 27 points and 7 rebounds.
Twist and Shout
It was Highline shooting 53% for the game, including a blistering 15-24 (62.5%) in the second half, which proved the biggest difference in the game. The Thunderbirds were able to control the tempo of the game, controlling the boards 43-33 and getting easy baskets off of 18 Ranger turnovers.
In addition to Tucakovic with 23 points, other Thunderbirds scoring in double-figures included Madison McCaffrey (18 points), Isom Brown (15 points, 6 rebounds), Harold Lee (11 points), and Jimmy Keum (10 points, 7 assists).
The Thunderbirds get little rest as the squad travels to Oregon for the Clackamas Crossover Tournament on Dec. 18-20. Other colleges participating are Spokane, Chemeketa, Clark, Clackamas, Olympic, Skagit Valley, and Treasure Valley. Highline (7-2) opens with Treasure Valley (1-6) on Dec. 18.
Harold Lee with an acrobatic move in the victory over Olympic College.
Highline Falls to #12 Southwestern Oregon
Dec. 14 (report from Head Coach Scott Norton) : This past Sunday we had a golden opportunity to knock of #12 Southwestern Oregon Community College. Unfortunately, we let the opportunity slip right through our hands. Our downfall began when Brad Reddaway missed weight at 133 lbs. and we had a forfeit at 149. In addition, we have a few weights that have really struggled through the first half of the season.
On a brighter note, Erick Garcia knocked off a very good wrestler in #10 Walker Damewood. What was more impressive was the fact that Erick had sub-locked his shoulder two days earlier, and turned around and added a major upset. Garcia scored a near fall on Walker Damewood on two different occasions.
For details on match results and photos of the South Puget Sound match go to the
Wrestling Schedule/Results page.
On the Upside
Highline's Tyler Noon in control as he defeated Southwestern Oregon's Kiante Davis 6-2.
(vs - home @ - away)
Dec. 4 S. Puget Sound Dual (home)
Dec. 14 SWOCC DUAL (home)
Dec. 20 Reno Tournament of Champs
Dec. 4 7pm @Bellevue
Dec.10 8pm vs. Skagit
Dec.12-14 TBA Bellevue Tourney
Dec.16 6pm vs. Olympic
Dec.18-20 TBA Clackamas
Dec.30 3pm @Whatcom
Dec.5,6,7 @ Bellevue Classic
Dec.10th vs Whatcom 6pm
Dec.16 @ Peninsula College 5pm
Dec.18-20 @ Green River Crossover
Dec.27-29 @ Chemeketa Tournament