Platte Canyon High School boys basketball team played their final two home games.
Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Huskies faced The Academy Wildcats, who came in 10-7 overall and 8-1 in league play, which has them in second place. Saturday, Feb. 9, the Huskies played Denver School of Science and Technology Knights. They came in first place with a record of 13-4 overall and 9-0 in league play.
Huskies versus Wildcats
The first quarter went back and forth. Logan Blevins put the Huskies in the lead two-to-nothing. The Wildcats scored three. Ryder Bayman was fouled attempting a three-pointer. He made all three free throws and the Huskies led five-to-three.
Trailing six-to-five, Bayman made two free throws and Ridge Eisele to Blevins put the Huskies back ahead nine-to-six. With four minutes left in the first quarter, the Huskies led 11-8. Trailing 12-11, Blevins scored and Evan Batzer made two free throws. The Huskies led 14-12 after the first quarter.
The game stayed close for the first half of the second quarter. The Huskies just could not pull away from the Wildcats. With the game tied at 14, Blevins scored off a rebound.
Again tied, this time at 16, Blevins to Batzer made it 18-16. The Huskies led 20-16 with 3:44 left in the second quarter. The Huskies led 23-21. The Wildcats went on a ten-to-nothing run to make it 31-23. Bayman made a three-pointer to make it 31-26. The Wildcats led 35-26 at halftime.
Eisele passed to Batzer to start the scoring in the third quarter and it was 35-28. Eleven by the Wildcats made it 46-28. Blevins off a rebound, two by the Wildcats and it was 48-33. The Wildcats went on to lead 59-33 after three quarters.
With the score 61-36, the Huskies made it 61-38 on a pass from Eisele to Blevins. The Wildcats led 65-38. Eisele made a two-pointer and two free throws to make it 65-42. With 3:57 left in the game, the Wildcats led 72-42. The Wildcats won 80 to 44.
“Proud of my guys for leading most of the first half,” Coach Gallegos said. “Foul trouble cost us in the second half.”
Huskies versus Knights
Trailing 2-0, Eisele passed to Bayman for a three-pointer to make it 3-2. It was a fast-moving first quarter. With four minutes left in the first quarter, the Huskies led 5-4 on a basket by Blevins. The game was tied at six. Bayman scored and was fouled. He made the free throw and the Huskies led 9-6. The Knights went ahead 13-9. Bayman made a three-pointer and it was 13-12 after the first quarter.
The Knights got the lead to five at 17-12. Batzer scored off a rebound, Blevins for two, Bayman to Blevins for a three-pointer and Eisele to Bayman and it was 21-17.
With four minutes left in second quarter, the Huskies led 21-19. Blevins hit his second three-pointer in a row on a pass from Bayman. The Huskies led 26-24 at halftime.
With score tied at 26, Liam Murphy found Rummelhart for a three-pointer to put the Huskies ahead 29-26. With 3:50 left in the third quarter, the Knights led 37-32. The Huskies trailed 41-32. Bayman to Eisele, the Knights scored and Blevins to Eisele for another three-pointer made it 43-38 after three quarters.
Eisele to Blevins started the scoring in the fourth quarter and it was 43-40. Trailing 48-40, Batzer scored and was fouled. He made the free throw and it was 48-43. The Knights went on to win 59-43.
“I’m happy with our performance today even though we lost,” Coach Gallegos said.
“Our seniors played their hearts out and actually led the number one DSST of the Frontier League for most of the first half of the game, with big defense from senior Josh Rummelhart and back-to-back three’s from Logan Blevins in the second quarter.
“We got to within five at the end of the third quarter. Senior Liam Murphy put the pressure on in the fourth quarter and although we had it to eight points, DSST went into a stall and we were forced to foul and they made eight big free throws to finish up by 16.”
“I feel like we had a great game today despite the loss,” Logan Blevins said. “We put together almost a whole four quarters and I feel like we are finally catching our stride.”
The Huskies regular season ended at Lake County Tuesday, Feb. 12.