The Demons slowed down the Central Warriors.
But the Warriors managed to pick up enough speed to put down a 47-36 victory over the Durango High School boys basketball team Friday night in Grand Junction.
The low-scoring game saw the Demons score only nine points in the first half.
Central led 11-5 at the end of the first quarter with the help of a late 3-pointer by Michael Wiedrich.
Durango managed one field goal from Loren Doughty and free throws from Nick Hofman and Conner McCue in the second quarter.
Central extended the lead to 14 points at 32-18 in the third quarter.
But Durango finished the quarter on a 6-2 run to cut the margin to 34-24.
Doughty triggered Durango's fourth-quarter surge. He scored three consecutive baskets as the Demons cut the Central lead to 38-30 with 4:53 to play.
A Doughty hook shot cut the lead again to 38-32 a minute later - but that would be as close as the Demons would get.
Wiedrich followed with two free throws for Central to push the lead to eight points.
Blaine Jackson added a foul shot, and Kahler Grandbouche hit a putback to give Central a 43-32 lead with 1:07 to play.
Doughty, who finished with a team-high 16 points, scored 10 in the fourth quarter.
"He was outstanding once again," Durango head coach Tom Dunne said. "He's playing very well right now. He also had nine rebounds."
Dunne said the story of the game for the Demons was Doughty's offense and the tenacious defense of Hofman.
"Nick held Clay Kame, one of the best players in the state, to four points. He did a terrific job. He was a tired puppy after that game," Dunne said.
Richard Montoya and Conner McCue scored six points each for the Demons.
Wiedrich led Central with 14 points, including three 3-pointers.
Central improved to 16-3 overall, 5-1 in the Southwestern League.
Durango moved to 5-10 overall, 1-5 in the SWL.