Durango "played about as good as the boys could play," basketball coach Tom Dunne said, but the Demons came up one field goal short.
Grand Junction defeated Durango 42-41 on Saturday afternoon at Grand Junction High School.
"It's a little frustrating," Dunne said. "But the boys worked really, really, really hard. I am very proud of them.
"Grand Junction expects to win this league this year, and we came into their house and gave them a game. We played consistent. We played unselfish. It just didn't work out."
Dunne said it was defense that kept Durango in the Southwestern League game.
Demons senior point guard Nick Hofman held his counterpart to just three points, then scored nine of his own on the offensive end.
Demons senior shooting guard Richard Montoya had the dubious honor of guarding Everett Robinson, the Tigers' leading scorer.
Robinson "lived on the foul line," Dunne said.
He scored 22 points.
Loren Doughty scored a team-high 12 points for Durango and had a chance to win the game in the final seconds.
Durango led by two points with 90 seconds to play, then Dunne received a technical foul for stepping onto the floor. Grand Junction made two free throws then a field goal to take the lead.
Doughty's turnaround jumper with 4 seconds to play came up short.
"It was a difficult shot," Dunne said.
"He was our best player again," Dunne said of Doughty, a rodeo fanatic. "For a guy who plays as little basketball as he does, he really impresses the heck out of us. He's relaxed, he's focused, and he almost has this angry intensity about him, which is good on the basketball court."
Durango, 0-2 in league play, will return home next weekend for a pair of league games against Fruita Monument and Grand Junction Central.
Durango's only two wins this season have come at Durango High School.