The Durango boys basketball team defeated defending champion Liberty to win the Class 5A state title Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
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Durango found its offensive rhythm in the second half as the Trailblazers rolled past Douglas in the Class 5A state semifinals, while Liberty handled Bishop Manogue.
Vying for its first state title since 1996, the Durango boys basketball team has rallied around interim coach Mike Lee, who retired after 30 years as a firefighter.
Durango junior forward Taj Degourville scored 22 points in the Trailblazers’ 65-59 win over Liberty in Saturday’s Class 5A Southern League title game.
Durango’s Taj Degourville and Tylen Riley combined for 38 points to outlast Dedan Thomas Jr. and Liberty in the Class 5A boys basketball Southern League title game.
Durango defeated Bishop Gorman in the Class 5A Southern League semifinals Thursday, securing a spot in the state tournament and ending the Gaels’ run of state trips.
Durango outlasted Coronado in double overtime in the regular-season finale. The seedings are now set for the Class 5A Southern Region playoffs.
The Durango boys basketball team nearly overcame a 16-point deficit, but lost to Bishop Gorman on Friday after former coach Chad Beeten resigned earlier this week.
Chad Beeten has resigned as the Durango High School boys basketball coach, according to an email sent to parents of players on the team.
Durango senior point guard Tylen Riley scored 22 points in the Trailblazers’ 69-54 win over Foothill on Friday.