At Colby, Kan.: Normally, Palmer Ridge boys’ basketball coach Nick Mayer doesn't like having his team’s league schedule broken up by a trip to Kansas.

But this season it might have come at a perfect time.

The Bears lost back-to-back 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference games last week, including one to Discovery Canyon. Since then, the Bears (9-5) beat Vista Ridge and have won the first two games in the Colby Kansas Orange and Black Tournament to advance to Saturday’s championship game.