One month ago, the Durango Demons walked into the Kirtland Central High School gymnasium and saw an easy victory.
They saw a 6-foot starting center.
They saw a couple of 6-foot-1s on the roster.
They saw a bunch of 5-footers.
They saw a one-point loss.
"We didn't size them up this time," Demons center Loren Doughty said. "We just came out and played."
Played, and played well - 26 in the first, 16 in the second, 17 in the third, 23 in the fourth, and Durango (2-6) defeated Kirtland Central 82-37 on Tuesday night at Durango High School, a far cry from its 56-55 loss Dec. 9 in Kirtland, N.M.
"The kids needed this. They needed to step up," Demons coach Tom Dunne said. "We had a rough weekend in Denver. They spanked us around a little bit, but I think we used that frustration (Tuesday night)."
That - their two losses to Montbello and Denver East - and the unexpected loss to their present company more than one month ago.
"That's been eating at us ever since," Dunne said.
Durango started the game on a 4-0 run, led 6-5 after 4 minutes, then mounted a 10-0 gap to extend its lead to 16-5.
Richard Montoya scored six points in the second run, eight in the first quarter, and eight of the Demons' first 14 points.
Durango led 26-13 after the first quarter and 42-23 at halftime, then went big in the third quarter with nary a point guard on the floor.
Dunne starts four of them - Nick Hofman, Montoya, Matt Elliott and Jordan Gillen, with Hofman as the true point, but none of them was in the lineup for long in the third quarter. Instead, Dunne used some combination of his nine bench players.
Durango's reserves outscored the entire Kirtland Central team 29-14 in the second half.
"Everybody played," Dunne said.
Played, and played well - Jordan Griffin scored 10 points, Conner McCue 7, Austin Rochford 6, Chase Cushing, Dylan Shapiro and Easton Garcia 4, Steven Gillen 3 and T.J. Leeder 2.
With a comfortable 28-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter, Durango, behind Garcia (the younger brother of senior point guard Katerina Garcia), hung a 23 spot on the Broncos in the final frame for its 45-point margin of victory.
Garcia, a freshman, had just as many assists as points in less than 8 minutes of court time.
"How well does he see the floor?" Dunne said.
"He's got great vision."
At the 2-minute mark, Leeder, the other JV call-up for Tuesday night's home game, caught the ball at the elbow, then, without hesitation, dribbled down the lane for a tough 2-pointer and the foul. He missed the free throw and the chance at the 3-point play, but not the opportunity to impress his coach.
After the bucket and the foul, Dunne leaned back on the bleachers and shared a smile with assistant coach Jerry Martinez.
"Hesitation," said Doughty, who was quick to point out one of the biggest differences between the two games against Kirtland Central.
"We didn't hesitate (Tuesday night), especially in the post. They couldn't stop us down low, and we knew that."
Doughty parlayed his 2-inch size advantage into a game-high 12 points. He set the pace with eight first-quarter points, including consecutive three-point plays near the end of the frame.
"Loren has improved with every single game," Dunne said. "He wants the ball, and he is attacking the basket. It's been really nice watching him develop.
"He was our best player in Denver."
Doughty, however, largely rested in the second half.
No starter scored in the fourth quarter, but Garcia, instead, set up Griffin's 10-point frame as the reserves romped.
"We experienced a great brand of basketball last weekend in Denver," Dunne said.
"We brought what we learned up there with us (Tuesday night)."