Neither team had a great afternoon shooting the basketball, but in the second half, Montrose began to hit at a bit of a better clip than did Durango High Schools boys basketball team, and the host Indians snagged a 58-31 Southwestern League victory Saturday.
Results of Saturdays DHS girls game were unavailable, and messages left for head coach Klint Chandler were not returned.
Until about midway through the third quarter, the DHS boys (4-14, 1-6 SWL) hung around, trailing by 11 at halftime and 30-15 in the early part of the third quarter. But according to head coach Alan Batiste, a couple of timely turnovers and a lack of offensive improvement spurred Montrose to victory.
I looked up around the third (quarter), maybe four minutes in, and it was only 30-15. Then we had a turnover ... right after that point they kind of went on a little 6-0 run, got up to 36-15, and there was no looking back after that, Batiste said.
They didnt dominate us. They kept us in the game, and weve got to shake their hand kind of for keeping us in the game.
Senior Gustavo Zavala led DHS with nine points.
Once the game began to slip away, Batiste used the latter part of the third and most of the fourth to get his sophomores some playing time to get a look at the future.
Weve pretty much have hit every angle for this season what units good to start, what units good to finish, Batiste said. Its a different story every night we play, but yeah, just getting these guys some time not giving up on the juniors and seniors, not at all but its getting these guys experience, getting guys the chance.