OAKLAND — The Glide boys basketball team couldn’t shake Bandon on Friday night, thanks to some 3-point shooting by the Tigers.
But Bandon went cold in the fourth quarter, managing only one basket, and the Wildcats held on for a 46-37 win in the Oakland Booster Club Holiday Tournament at the Nut House.
Glide (6-2) will face Oakland (9-1), which defeated Myrtle Point 77-23, in the title game at 8 p.m. Saturday. Oakland was No. 4 and Glide No. 14 in the OSAA Class 2A power rankings near the end of Friday.
Bandon (1-9) had no answer for Glide’s Dillon Towne. The 6-foot-4 senior post dominated inside, posting a double-double with 29 points and 15 rebounds. He left some points at the free-throw line, though, going 5-for-12.
Towne had 20 points in the first half, staking the Wildcats to a 27-21 advantage.
“We have some young guys and only two seniors (Towne and Joe DeBell), but we’re playing pretty well,” Towne said. “This is the best overall team I’ve played with.”
The 6-3 DeBell contributed eight points.
“DT (Towne) is a load under there,” Glide coach Jeff Smith said. “They had to concentrate on him, but we ran our plays, executed well and got him the ball. He had a pretty solid game.
“We haven’t played for 10 days. At this time of the year you have limited practice time over the holidays, but all in all a great win. We were missing some kids tonight. I thought we composed ourselves well enough to get the win.”
The Tigers converted nine 3-pointers, with Colby Gaston and Hunter Angove each hitting three apiece. Gaston finished with 13 points.
“When we played them the first time (a 66-46 Glide win at Bandon on Nov. 30) they weren’t hitting near as many 3s,” Towne said. “I’ll give them credit, they kept the game close. We played zone and should’ve went out further on those guys who can shoot, but other than that I thought we played pretty well.”
“Bandon spread the floor well and hit some 3s,” Jeff Smith said. “We looked like we were stuck behind sometimes.”
The Tigers cut the deficit to 37-35 on a 3-pointer by Angove with 1:22 left in the third quarter, but couldn’t get any closer. Towne scored inside, Peyton Williams scored on a putback basket and Towne had a putback to put Glide up by eight with 4:21 remaining in the fourth period.
The Wildcats will get another shot at Oakland, which handed them a 74-51 loss in Glide on Dec. 7.
“They jumped on us in the first quarter (leading 25-7) and I think we were too amped up,” Jeff Smith said. “They’re a very good basketball team — very athletic and quick. If we can handle their pressure in the first quarter, I think we’ll be in the game.”
Glide’s other loss this season came to Coquille.
“I’m pretty happy where we’re at,” Jeff Smith said. “We had only two kids with varsity experience (to start the season), so we’re coming along.”
BANDON (37) — Colby Gaston 13, Yarbor 8, Schulz, Lang, W. Freitag 5, H. Angove 9, Robertson, B. Freitag 2. Totals 14 0-4 37.
GLIDE (46) — Dillon Towne 29, Russell 3, Cunningham, Bucich, Wilding 2, Rinnert, Williams 2, Tischner 2, DeBell 8. Totals 20 5-12 46.
Bandon 7 14 14 2 — 37
Glide 10 17 10 9 — 46
3-Point Goals — Ban. 9 (H. Angove 3, Gaston 3, Yarbor 2, W. Freitag 1), Glide 1 (Russell). Total Fouls — Ban. 10, Glide 10.