The Durango High School boys basketball team dropped its second consecutive game to a Denver-area powerhouse Saturday afternoon.
The Demons lost 69-27 to Denver East, the No. 4-ranked Class 5A team in the state.
The loss came one day after the DHS boys lost to Montbello, another Front Range power.
Denver East started quickly, leading 19-10 at the end of the first quarter.
The Angels held the Demons to only two points in the second quarter, taking a 33-12 halftime lead.
Denver East outscored the Demons 36-15 in the second half, improving the Angels' record to 10-3.
The DHS boys, led by eight points from Jordan Gillen, fell to 2-5 on the season.
Richard Montoya and Austin Rochford scored five points each for the Demons.
Jace Davis and DeVaughn Thornton led Denver East with 10 points each. Hunter Wolfel added nine.
"We got better this weekend," DHS assistant coach Viki Thyfault said. "It was good experience. We got to see the best competition in the state."
She said Denver East took advantage of its depth, size and speed.
"They can capitalize in so many different ways," Thyfault said, referring to the Angels, who are coached by Colorado coaching legend Rudy Carey.
"We had some good moments, and we saw that we've got to improve every day," she said.
The Durango boys return home to host Kirtland Central in another nonleague game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, after the DHS girls take on Kirtland at 5:30 p.m.