Columbia High’s boys basketball team took three steps back last week with a trio of Trico League losses that left it all alone in seventh place.
The Bruins ended the week on Saturday with a 58-45 loss at Seton Catholic.
“Of all the games that we needed to win and be at our best,” Bruins Coach Dave Garwood said, “the flu bug decided to visit basically our entire team.”
Columbia traveled to Vancouver without ailing seniors Jared Garwood and Hayden Gibson, and took on the Cougars with eight players, half of whom were just getting over the flu or playing sick at the time.
Still, the Bruins got off to a good start and held a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
But Seton gained the upperhand when it put on its press and started forcing Columbia turnovers. The pressure sparked a 20-2 run by the Cougars, who led by eight or more points the rest of the way.
The score was 27-19 at halftime and 42-29 after three quarters.
Ryan Lockman led the Bruins with 19 points and Tanner Rabinowitz scored a career-high 13.
“It was a huge loss but not a season killer just quite yet,” Garwood said. “We just need to get better and then we will see what happens.”
Toledo 57, at Columbia 31: The Indians followed up a big win at home on Jan. 13 with a big road win on Jan. 14.
The Bruins hung with Tole-do for one quarter and trailed 14-12 after the opening eight minutes. But the Indians’ defensive pressure got to them in the second as Toledo pull-ed away to a 31-19 halftime lead.
Columbia cut the deficit to 10 at 41-31 entering the fourth quarter but followed up with a scoreless fourth quarter.
Lockman scored 10 points to lead the Bruins, and Jordan McClain had nine.