Demons swarm ’Runners with D

DHS basketball opens with a ‘blue-collar’ win

It might take the offense a bit to come together, but the defense was in midseason form for the Durango High School boys basketball team in the season opener.

The Demons held Holbrook (Ariz.) to just one field goal in the first half and got plenty of points from the post Thursday night to top the Roadrunners 46-32 at the Tate’s Auto Group Shootout in Winslow, Ariz.

Durango (1-0) jumped out early, pulling to a quick 14-3 lead and holding a 22-13 halftime advantage, with 10 of the Roadrunners’ points coming from the free throw line. Aside from the fouls, head coach Alan Batiste liked what he saw defensively.

“Our defense wasn’t the problem. It was just the bunnies we missed,” Batiste said of the Demons’ easy chances. “We played excellent defense.”

The Demons received an offensive boost from their frontcourt. Nick Hamlin led Durango with 13 points, while Isiah Mayberry chipped in 10.

Willy Frownfelter led the way for the Demons’ guards, contributing nine points.

“We did (work the post), but not as much as we wanted to,” Batiste said. “Nick got a lot of offensive rebounds, putbacks. They put him at the line.”

Batiste said he hopes to avoid the fouls that helped keep the Roadrunners in the contest for as long as they were as the tournament rolls on, with Durango set for a 3:30 tip today.

But, even if it wasn’t as pretty as it could’ve been, 1-0 is much better than 0-1.

“It was just basically one of those blue-collar wins,” Batiste said.

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