Grand Junction silences Durango

DHS boys lose to the ‘most talented team we’ve played so far offensively’

DJ Wells wanted the Durango Demons to have a quiet bus ride Friday night.

They probably did.

Grand Junction’s Wells had a double-double and five blocks as the Tigers defeated the Durango High School boys basketball team 57-38 in Grand Junction.

“Shut ’em up for the rest of the season,” Wells said on Grand Junction’s KUBC 580 AM postgame radio show.

The game looked to be another of the Demons’ signature defensive struggles; they trailed 7-4 to end the first quarter, but foul trouble, poor shooting and some key turnovers broke the game open after that.

“I mean, it was just a physical game,” DHS head coach Alan Batiste said. “We came out a little timid, but we knew it was going to get physical.

“They were physical on defense, and we were kind of timid,” he said.

That affected the Demons’ offense, which has struggled to score points all season, foremost. The Demons shot just 31 percent from the floor Friday.

The Demons did shoot 10 of 12 from the free-throw line to add some points, but even that wasn’t all positive.

“So you take away those points, and we only have 28 points,” Batiste said.

Dane Mestas led the Demons with seven points, but Batiste said he also had an all-around “excellent” game.

“We’ve just got to find a way to start getting that ball in the hole,” he said.

Batiste called the Tigers the “most talented team we’ve played so far offensively.”

DHS (9-3, 2-1 SWL) will play Montrose at 1:30 p.m. today in another Southwestern League road game.