The Buckhorn Wildcats began their defense of the 14th region title with the Powell County Pirates.
The Wildcats got off to a slow start, and struggled throughout the game to catch up.
The Pirates were able to outpace the Wildcats to the end to take the 83-67 win. The Wildcats were led by Nick Stidham who finished the game with 20 points.
Buckhorn (67) Nick Stidham 20 (4 rebounds and 3 steals), Austin Bennett 15 (6 rebounds and 3 steals), Shannon Blank 11 (9 rebounds), Austin Morris 8 (3 rebounds), Donovan Engle 7 (2 rebounds), Daniel Hurley 3 (2 rebounds) and Jarred Griffith 1 (2 rebounds).
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