Durango wins on late free throw

Herald Staff Report

Willy Frownfelter’s free throw with 10 seconds to play lifted the Durango High School boys basketball team past Fruita Monument 37-36 on Saturday afternoon.

Playing the second of two weekend road games in the Grand Junction area, the Demons rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first quarter to complete a weekend sweep.

Frownfelter, who led the Demons in scoring with nine points (all coming in the second half), hit one of two foul shots to hand the Wildcats their first Southwestern League loss.

“We’ve just got to get it done pretty much any way we can,” DHS head coach Alan Batiste said. “As long as they have less than us, we’ll take the victory.”

A key steal by Isiah Mayberry in the closing seconds sealed the win for Durango (9-2, 2-0 SWL).

The Demons, who trailed 15-9 after the first quarter, put up a defensive wall in the second quarter when they held Fruita Monument to a single point creating a 16-16 halftime tie.

The teams were tied at 28 entering the fourth quarter.

Durango took a 34-32 lead with 3 minutes on the clock when Dane Mestas converted a putback basket.

But Fruita Monument tied the game on a basket by Matt Story before taking a 36-34 lead on two foul shots by Spencer Fair.

With 1:18 to play, Nick Hamlin tied the game for DHS at 36 with a basket on the inside.

From there, the two teams scrambled, unable to score until Frownfelter was fouled.

Ty Elliott, Hamlin, Mestas and Lucas Baken each scored six points for DHS.

Fair, the Wildcats’ 6-7 senior, led all scorers with 12 points.

Fruita Monument fell to 7-9, 1-1 in the SWL.

The win for Durango came a day after the DHS boys beat Grand Junction Central 39-28.

“I know it gives the boys confidence being 2-0 in league because it’s kind of a new season,” Batiste said.

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