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Tigers triumph over Bobcats in Douglas

Dec 17, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

Shooters are streaky and Antonio Coando is a shooter.

Lander's 5-foot-11 junior guard scored only two and three points, respectively, in the first and fourth quarters of the Tigers' game against Thermopolis on Friday, but it was what he did in the middle two frames which made the difference in a 65-38 win.

Coando scored 16 points in the second stanza, then followed up with another seven in the third for a total of 27 on the game.

Lander led 24-20 at the half, then outscored the Bobcats, 31-18 in the second half, cruising to victory in the process.

Tigers head coach Stuart Mullins knows what Coando is capable of once he gets on a roll, he said.

"Antonio can get hot really fast," said Mullins. "He's a special scorer."

Mullins praised his defense for being able to shut down the Bobcats' attack.

"Overall this weekend, our defense was a lot better although it might not always look that way," he said. "Especially comparing last week to this week."

Torrington 64, Lander 44

On Saturday, the Tigers took on Torrington and despite a brave effort, came away with a 64-44 loss at the hands of the Trailblazers.

Lander trailed 33-22 at the half, which proved too much of a deficit to overcome in the end.

Coando led Lander with 11 points.

Douglas 64, Lander 54

In the weekend's final game, the Tigers had a rematch with Douglas after having beaten them in the season-opener last week.

However, this time the Bearcats came out on top in a 64-54 win over Lander.

Coando again led the Tigers with 20 points, while Niieihii Black added 13 in a losing cause.

Mullins has liked what he's seen so far this young season from the 6-foot-5 sophomore, he said.

"Once Niieihii puts it all together, he's going to be unbelievable," said Mullins. "He really makes it difficult on opponents."

Down the stretch in the second half , the Tigers missed the front end of valuable one-and-one attempts, which helped doom his club, said Mullins.

"We controlled most of the game," he said. "If we make a few of those, we probably win the game."

Lander (2-4) will next face Rawlins at home on Jan. 13 following the Christmas break.

Lander 13 21 11 20 -- 65

Thermopolis 8 12 5 13 -- 38

Lander - Cronk 1 0-0 2, Spoonhunter 0 (1) 0-0 3, Swenson 2 0-0 4, Coando 6 (4) 4-5 27, Black 4 0-0 8, Massey 3 1-2 7, Renner 3 0-0 6, O'Neal 2 0-3 4. Totals 22 (5) 5-8 65.

Thermopolis - Gerber 2 0-0 4, Roling 6 2-4 14, McLean 0 0-0 0, George 0 0-0 0, Schwalbe 0 (1) 2-2 5, Mortimore 1 2-2 4, Miller 1 0-0 2, Zupan 2 0-0 4. Totals 12 (1) 6-8 38.

Lander 10 12 9 13 -- 44

Torrington 20 13 12 19 -- 64

Lander - Cronk 2 1-1 5, Spoonhunter 2 0-0 4, Swenson 0 0-0 0, Coando 4 (1) 0-0 11, O'Neal 2 0-2 4, Black 4 0-0 8, Massey 1 (1) 0-0 5, Renner 3 1-2 7. Totals 15 (2) 2-6 44.

Torrington - Moorehouse 2 0-0 4, Stitt 4 3-5 11, Firminhac 1 0-0 2, Flores 1 0-0 2, Malm 0 (2) 3-4 6, B. Lemmon 8 (2) 0-0 24, J. Lemmon 4 3-4 11, Johnson 1 0-0 4. Totals 21 (4) 9-13 64.

Lander 16 17 12 9 -- 44

Douglas 13 16 16 16 -- 64

Lander - Cronk 2 0-0 4, Spoonhunter 0 (1) 0-0 3, Swenson 1 0-1 2, Coando 5 (3) 6-8 25, Black 3 (2) 3-6 15, Massey 1 0-1 3, Renner 2 1-2 5, O'Neal 0 1-2 1.

Douglas - Bratton 0 1-2 1, Underwood 2 (1) 4-4 11, Robles 2 0-0 4, A. Yeaman 1 0-0 2, M. Yeaman 3 1-2 7, Townsend 2 1-1 5, Gilob 0 1-2 1, Davidson 1 (2) 5-8 12, Underberg 1 4-4 6. Totals 12 (3) 14-23 64.

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