Despite battling through a rebuilding season with an exceptionally young and inexperienced roster, the Platte Canyon Huskies boys basketball squad hung in and competed fiercely Feb. 4 during the early portions of a non-conference loss to the Colorado Springs High School Kodiaks, 59-30.

The Huskies, 1-13 overall and 0-7 in conference play, held the Kodiaks to 11 first-quarter points while managing 12 points of their own for a slim but encouraging early lead.

The visiting Kodiaks (8-7, 3-2), however, found their footing somewhat by outscoring the Huskies 11-4 in the second quarter. The Huskies battled the visitors to a 13-13 standoff in the third period to stay within reaching distance.

The final eight minutes went the way of the visitors, who outscored the Huskies 15-2 in the final frame to secure the victory.

PCHS sophomore Evan Batzer led his team in scoring with 10 points, while senior teammate Ryder Bayman contributed nine. Sophomore Kyler Edwards added six points, senior Ridge Eisele pitched in four and sophomore Allen Hardey added two.

The rebounding effort for the Huskies was impressive, as Batzer hauled in 15, Edwards collected 12 and Hardey snared nine.

(Story compiled from coaches’ reports)

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