Platte Canyon High School boys basketball traveled to Lake County to play the Panthers in their final regular season game. The Panthers won 53-52.
Huskies versus Panthers
The Huskies started the game with a seven-to-nothing run. Ridge Eisele for two, Josh Rummelhart for a free throw, Logan Blevins for two and Rummelhart for two. Back came the Panthers. They got to within three at nine-to-six. With two minutes left in the first quarter, the Huskies led 11-6. The Panthers led 15-13 after the first quarter.
The teams went back and forth. The Panthers led 26-20 at halftime.
The Huskies weren’t going away. They started the third scoring the first six points. Blevins for two, Eislele to Rummelhart and Ryder Bayman for two tied the game at 26. Trailing 30-26, Bayman to Evan Batzer, Blevins for two and a free throw and the Huskies were back in the lead at 31-30.
The Huskies weren’t done. Eisele to Blevins, Blevins to Bayman for a three-pointer and Eisele for a three–pointer put the Huskies ahead 39-31 after three quarters. The Huskies lead went to nine at 46-37.
With 3:06 left in the game, it was 46-42. The game was tied at 50 with 1:02 left. Blevins put the Huskies ahead 52-50. A late three-pointer put the Panthers in the lead for good and won 53-52.
“We have to learn how to finish a game,” Coach Gallegos said.
“The first quarter was great, because we came out hungry and willing to set the tempo, but in the second quarter we made some plays that weren’t smart, causing them to come back.” Ryder Bayman said.
“In the second half, my teammates and I pulled it together and fought our way through, but those stupid mistakes, like bad passes and what not, gave them the advantage toward the end, but overall a great game and a tough one for sure.”
Huskies versus Denver Academy Cougars
The Huskies were behind six-to-two. Kyler Edwards made two free throws to make it six-to-two. With 3:55 left in the first quarter, the Cougars led eight-to-four. The Huskies trailed 14-6. Blevins made two free throws then the Cougars scored five to finish the quarter and led 19-8 after the first quarter.
The Cougars went ahead 23-12. Blevins to Allen Hardey and Hardey for two free throws made it 23-16. With the score 26-16, Blevins made a free throw and then scored off a rebound to make it 26-19. Hardey made one free throw to make it 26-20. The Cougars went ahead 28-20.
Bayman scored and was fouled. The free throw was good. That made it 28-23. The Cougars made it 30-23 and Bayman made a three-pointer to make the halftime score 30-26.
The Cougars came out and scored the first seven points to go ahead 37-26. Back came the Huskies with six of their own. It was Bayman, Eisele and Blevins off a rebound to make it 37-32. Bayman scored and with 3:50 left in the third quarter, the Huskies were within three at 37-34. With 3:00 left, the Cougars led 41-36. Batzter scored and it was 41-38. They went on to lead 50-41 after three quarters.
The Cougars built the lead to 11 at 54-43. Batzer and Blevins scored to cut the lead to seven at 54-47. The Cougars continued to lead. With 3:56 left in the game. It was 59-50. Trailing 62-54, Ryder scored two and then a three-pointer to make it 62-59. Trailing 61-55, Blevins made it 66-63. The Cougars went on to win 70-65.
“I am proud of the team, even if we fell short in the end,” Gallegos said.
That ended the season for the Huskies.