The Durango High School boys basketball team used a 14-0 run in the second quarter to pull away from Telluride and eventually beat the Miners 58-38 on Wednesday.
“It was an all-around team effort,” said DHS head coach Alan Batiste. “Sometimes you need a victory, and we’ve won two of the last three. You can see the boys responding and moving forward.”
With the game tied 8-8, Anthony Flint banked in a 3-pointer, swished a 3-pointer and then hit a third three from the corner to put DHS up 17-8. Flint then came up with a steal and assisted Dylan Bettin on another three.
Leading 20-8, Zach Haber blocked a Telluride shot. Then Landon Roberts came up with a steal and took it coast-to-coast for a layup. Jacob Neubert added a late basket and DHS led 24-9 after one quarter.
The Demons kept working hard on defense in the second quarter and limited Telluride to five points in the frame, partly because the Miners went 1-of-7 from the free throw line. Neubert turned a steal into a fast-break bucket to start the quarter, Luke Wesley and Jasper Zastrocky both sunk 3-pointers and DHS led 38-14 at halftime.
DHS began the third with a 7-0 run with Stauffer and Flint scoring, but Telluride responded with a 9-0 run. The Demons, however, got a couple of late baskets from Haber and Roberts and took a 49-25 lead into the fourth. Stauffer also blocked two shots in the third, and three in the game, and Bettin rejected one.
The final quarter was closer, but Durango still finished comfortably ahead. Ten different Demons scored in the game, led by Flint with 17. Stauffer scored nine, Bettin, Jasper Zastrocky and Cole Ulrich each scored five, Landon Roberts, Tyler Harms and Neubert all scored four, Wesley added three and Haber chipped in two.
Durango also had 12 steals in the game, with Wesley, Bettin and Neubert stealing two apiece and six other players swiping one.
Flint also had two blocks in the game and five assists. Bettin and Stauffer both assisted three baskets and Durango finished with 17.
Harms led the team with seven rebounds, Flint had six, Ulrich and Stauffer both had five and all 11 Demons who played had at least two.
The Demons are now 7-9 overall and still 1-2 in the 4A/5A Suthwestern League while Telluride slipped to 1-6 overall. Next, DHS will play at league-leading Montrose (16-0, 3-0) at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The DHS girls basketball team (11-5, 1-2) will also play Montrose (9-7, 1-2) before the boys at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ll keep trying to build off of it,” Batiste said. “Our record doesn’t dictate what type of team we are. We’ve had to deal with some things this year: COVID, inside team stuff. We’ve had to deal with all these different situations, but hopefully we’re starting to peak at the right time.”