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´Toppers earn 1st win of year in overtime

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By Mike Cote

A long, painful journey to its first win is finally over.
With a big rebound-and-putback by William Steinkamp to force overtime and some key buckets late in the overtime period, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team earned a victory, its first of the 2012-13 season Friday night.
The Hilltoppers dropped the Taos Tigers 57-54 in overtime to secure the win, although there were plenty of intense moments along the way. The Hilltoppers struggled to get off a shot when down by two with the final seconds of regulation ticking away and were slapped with a technical foul with 1.6 seconds left in overtime that gave Taos a chance to tie.
Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers (1-13) held on for the win against the Tigers (8-5), who came into the game ranked No. 7 in Class 3A.
“That’s definitely a monkey off our back,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said. “We finally get a taste of what it is to win. We had a lot of adversity this summer, we had a lot of adversity this season. We’ve been hesitant...but we put together almost a whole game.”
Los Alamos has had some close calls in its nondistrict season so far, including against Moriarty and Mayfield, but was never able to get over the hump until Friday.


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