Bandon’s boys basketball team is learning to cope with a big injury on its already inexperienced roster.
The Tigers lost sophomore leader Coby Smith to a hand injury last week. Smith and fellow sophomore Braydon Freitag were the Tigers’ leading returning scorers from last year’s playoff team.
In its first game without Smith, Bandon got off to a slow start against Toledo, falling behind 42-21 at halftime.
The Tigers battled back in the second half, outscoring the Boomers 32-19, but couldn’t make up the big deficit.
“It was a tough first half as we tried to adjust to that and had too many turnovers,” Bandon coach Matt Angove said. “The second half, the kids played hard and never gave up, took care of the ball, played great defense and we started making shots.
“Everyone stepped up and did a great job in the second half and everyone is proud of their effort.”
Freitag had 24 points to lead Bandon, while Matt Yarbor added 11, Jason Wilhite eight and Wyatt Dyer five.
On Tuesday, Bandon had a lead but couldn’t hold on in a 56-51 loss at Waldport. The Tigers led 40-29 at halftime but the Irish came from behind to win.
Freitag had 18 points, Wilhite 10, Yarbor 7 and Colby Gaston and Josh Minkler five each.
Bandon is on the road for its next two games, at Myrtle Point on Friday before facing the Boomers against next Tuesday at Toledo. The Tigers play three of their final four games at home.
Bandon’s girls, meanwhile, are trying to snap a three-game league losing streak.
On Friday, the girls fell to Toledo 54-16. Nikki Lakey scored six points to lead Bandon in the loss.
Bandon fell at Waldport 26-11 on Tuesday. Kylie Lakey had five points and Naomi Martin had four.
Coach Jordan Sammons was pleased with his team’s defense against Waldport.
“We’ve just got to get some stuff to fall offensively,” he said.
He also is pleased with the continued effort of the Tigers.
“We are struggling this year, but they are still buying in and working hard,” he said. “I know it will come.”