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It’s official: the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will have the No. 5 seed for the upcoming District 2-4A tournament.
Los Alamos clinched the unenviable fifth seed in the district tournament — meaning it will have to win three straight road games to get to the tournament final — with its loss Tuesday night to the Santa Fe Demons.
The Demons (11-13 overall, 2-4 in 2-4A) put together an impressive 13-0 run to close out the first quarter against the Hilltoppers, who took a 6-5 lead near the halfway point of the quarter. The Demons got back-to-back 3-pointers from Elliot Nicholas and Tres Chaires to spark the first quarter rally.
Then, up by 15 at the break, the Demons opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run, effectively ending the game. They would go on to win 72-41 at Griffith Gymnasium.
Los Alamos had its one and only chance to secure, if nothing else, at least one home game for the district tournament. Instead, it will have to take the longest, toughest route possible to get to the title game.
Getting there from the No. 5 spot isn’t unheard of. Española Valley accomplished that feat in 2005 and the Hilltopper girls did likewise in 2001.
However, Los Alamos will have to play far more consistently than it has to this point in the 2-4A season.