If defense was one of the keys to Durango High School's win over Montezuma-Cortez High School back in January, then it
was the end-all, be-all for the Demons this time around.
Durango held the Panthers to 13 first-half points and just four third-quarter points, and the Demons routed their rival
47-29 in Cortez on Thursday.
In what has been an up-and-down season for the 8-12 Demons (4-6 Southwestern League), an
18-point road win was a nice way to cap off the year, according to coach Tom Dunne.
We were pleased," he said. There was pretty good defensive intensity for four quarters, something we've been lacking
most of the season."
The Demons blew the game wide open in the third quarter, after leading just
18-13 at halftime. DHS used the occasional full-court press to rattle Montezuma-Cortez (3-19,
0-10), and Durango's shots finally started falling on the offensive end, leading to a 16-4 quarter.
DHS would push the lead to as many as 20 in the fourth quarter, forcing the Panthers to become very perimeter oriented
the rest of the evening.
It makes it very difficult to get back in the game when you have to take long 3s," Dunne said.
Jordan Gillen led all scorers with 16 points in the victory. Dunne said he was more pleased with the senior guard's
He's really, really worked hard on (his defense)," the coach said. (Thursday night) it came to fruition for him."
Scheis Anderson led MCHS with 10 points.
Durango's 29 second-half points equaled the Panthers' output for the entire evening.
With just eight wins on the season, DHS now has to sweat out the Class 5A selection process Sunday. While a lot of
their chances are riding on how other teams across Colorado play this weekend, Dunne isn't sold that eight will be
I don't know if that bodes well for the next season," Dunne said of the Demons' record.