Story and Photos by Brian Spitzer, Gem of the Sound Sports Reporter
Highline Boys Basketball started strong and finished a well-played game with a convincing 83 to 13 victory over Tyee on Tuesday night at Highline High.
From the outset of the game, Highline ran a strong full-court press, took good shots, and played great defense, running out to a 58 to 5 halftime lead.
Coach Ricky Frazier had a good group of starters who played well together and were led by the 17 points of Marquawn McCraney. Mohamed Aliabdi added 10 points and was a key contributor to the Highline victory. Athletic Highline guard Ebrima Hren had a couple of dunk attempts that were exciting and showed off his great potential.
During a convincing run in the 2nd quarter of the game, Highline went on an 18 to 0 run, taking command of the game.
The full-court press was stifling, and the inside game from power forward Rubin Humbert was impressive, as Tyee had no answers for him.
Rubin is picking up the slack inside as Highline is missing 6’4” Sophomore forward Corey Crosby, who is out with a broken foot suffered in the first game of the season.
Several of the players on the team also play football for Highline, and they are now adjusting and getting back in the flow for the hoops season.
Overall a very nice win with impressive efforts from many players. They are a competitive athletic team that is well-coached and fun to watch.