The Bandon boys basketball team finished a season of growing under a new coach with a pair of losses over the final week.
The Tigers fell to Reedsport 53-45 on Friday night and fell to Gold Beach in the finale 48-35 on Tuesday.
Bandon battled with most of its foes while playing with the disadvantage of having several junior varsity-level players thrust into varsity roles due to injuries and players leaving the program.
The Tigers kept many games close, but weren’t able to get over the hump in them. Bandon finished 2-8 in league play in its first season in Matt Angove’s second tenure as head coach.
In Friday’s loss, the Tigers led 28-25 at halftime, but couldn’t hold on.
Braydon Freitag had 16 points in the loss, while Matt Yarbor added eight and Jason Wilhite and Wyatt Woody scored seven each. Woody’s points all came in the first half for the Tigers.
In Tuesday’s loss to Gold Beach, Freitag had 13 points and Wilhite added 10.
Bandon’s defense was good, but the offense sloppy at times, Angove said.
“The kids competed, but we had too many turnovers and missed free throws,” he said.
The Tigers were competitive in both games against the two teams that will represent the Sunset Conference in the playoffs, taking both league champion Toledo and runner-up Reedsport to overtime in one of the two meetings.
“I’m real happy with how the guys worked hard, competed and improved a lot,” Angove said.
And with everybody back next year and so many young players seeing time this year, there’s plenty of optimism for the program to improve greatly next season.
“I really enjoyed coaching them and I’m looking forward to next year,” Angove said.