Buzzer can’t save DHS boys from defeat by Indians

Montrose comes from behind, wins by 1 with 1.2 left on the clock

The Indians’ buzzer beater beat the Demons.

The Durango High School boys basketball team missed four 1-and-1 shots with less than a minute and a half to play to give Montrose a shot at the basket and the lead with 1 second remaining.

The Indians botched their final play but swung the ball around the horn and hit a jumper from about 17 feet out with 1.2 seconds remaining, and Montrose beat the Demons 45-44 on Saturday in Montrose.

“Opportunities were there to close the game,” DHS head coach Alan Batiste said. “Just didn’t take advantage of it.”

The Demons came out hot-handed, a change from their defense-centric style of play. Durango jumped to a 16-5 lead that diminshed to a four-point margin at halftime before a back and forth final two frames.

Nick Hamlin led Durango’s scorers with 15 points, and he pulled down eight rebounds. Ty Elliott scored eight, and Trent Andrews had nine rebounds.

But in turn, Batiste said the defense suffered.

“It’s like we went cold defensively,” the DHS head coach said. “Had some major breakdowns on defense.”

The Demons (9-4, 2-2 SWL) will wrap their first half of Southwestern League play against archrival Montezuma-Cortez at 7 p.m. Thursday at DHS. Tickets, limited to 1,000 for Durango fans, staff and students, will go on sale at 8 a.m. Monday at the DHS Activities Office.