It wasnt pretty, but it did the job.
The Durango High School boys basketball team ground out a 38-33 win over Rifle on Friday night in Grand Junction to move on to the Southwestern League/Western Slope League District Championships final.
I think we were looking forward to (Saturday), and we thought we could just show up (Friday), DHS head coach Alan Batiste said.
Another blue-collar win, but it didnt really need to be that close, Batiste said.
The Demons led by as many as 10 points in the second half before a technical foul, then seven consecutive turnovers that kept the Bears in the game.
Just cant do that, Batiste said. Just gotta keep doing what got us that 10-point lead.
Willy Frownfelter scored 16 for Durango. Isiah Mayberry added eight, and Nick Hamlin had six.
Durango (16-5) will play Palisade (16-5) at 2:30 p.m. today at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction for the district tournament title.
Durango beat Palisade 50-43 in December.
A victory would aid their hopes of earning a top-seven seed in the state playoffs, which will start next week.
Its going to be another physical game. Theyre pretty loaded down low, not height-wise but big physical bodies, Batiste said. All we have to do, again, is just execute on offense and execute on defense and stick to our bread and butter.