LONGMONT — Skyline coach Tyler Cerveny called it the perfect game played by the Durango Demons in their first-round game of the Class 4A state tournament.
The Demons shot 58 percent from the field, 56 percent from the 3-point line and 78 percent from the free-throw line to upset the Falcons 54-48 in Longmont. Coming into the game, the Demons were averaging 46 percent from the field, 32 percent from the 3-point line and 57 percent from the foul line for a game.
"Durango played about the perfect game to win it," Cerveny said. "They shot it better than they have all year."
It started with Clay Seibel hitting his first three shots from the field — all coming behind the 3-point arc — to put the Demons in front. Anthony Flint and Cullen Robinette also hit from 3-point range in the opening quarter to help Durango score 19 points in the first quarter and lead by seven.
Flint and Robinette hit a couple of 3-pointers in the second that pushed the lead well into double figures. Cerveny called timeout and switched his defense from a 1-3-1 zone to a man-to-man to try and stop the hot-shooting from deep.
It did not matter what the Falcons threw against them. The trio of Flint, Seibel and Robinette would hit seven of 10 3-pointers in the first half to go up by 13.
"They don't shoot that well, but they played the perfect game," Cerveny said. "You have to give (Durango) credit."
Austin Robison was the bright spot for the Falcons to stay within striking distance and helped anchor the team's comeback efforts in the second half. With his shooting from behind the arc and work inside, he led all scorers with 22 points. Add in some timely 3-pointers from a trio of guards, the Falcons would cut a 16-point lead all the way down to four in the fourth quarter.
The hill would end up being too much to climb for the Falcons to get back on top.
Durango continued to score, hitting a couple of layups against the full-court press and free throws down the stretch to keep the lead.
Cerveny also felt the whistles played a factor down the stretch that prevented his team from completing their comeback.
"To be honest, I thought there was a lot of game-changing 50-50 calls, and I don't think we got many," Cerveny said.
Skyline was only called for four more fouls, but the timing of the fouls put Durango at the free throw line in the second half to get the win.
The loss ends what looked to be a promising opportunity for the Falcons to end their drought of winning in the postseason. Despite the tough loss, Cerveny remained optimistic about his team moving forward to build off their 15-win campaign.
"We're a young group. We'll be back," Cerveny said.
Durango 54, Skyline 48
At Skyline High School
Cullen Robinette 5 4-4 17, Clay Seibel 3 2-4 11, Anthony Flint 3 0-0 9, Al Hurworth 2 4-4 8, Jordan Woolverton 2 1-2 5, Martin Cuntz 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 11-14 54.
Austin Robison 8 4-6 22, Gage Robertson 3 2-2 11, Nate McGregor 3 0-0 6, Chris Roy 2 0-0 5, Adrian Compian 1 0-1 3, Hayden Robison 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 7-11 48.
Score by quarters:Durango (10-13) 19 10 6 19 — 54
Skyline (15-9) 12 4 12 20 — 48
3-point field goals — Durango(9): Robinette 3, Seibel 3, Flint 3; Skyline(6): Robertson 3, Austin Robison 2, Compian. Total fouls — Durango 14, Skyline 18. Fouled out — Austin Robison. Technical fouls — none.