Boys basketball: Big 4th quarter lifts LA to win

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By Mike Cote

For three quarters of Los Alamos’ game Saturday night, it was in danger of keeping the door open for Farmington.

In the fourth quarter, that door got slammed shut.

The Hilltopper boys basketball team turned a 3-point edge after the third quarter into a rout by the halfway point in the fourth quarter and kept going to take a big 70-46 win over Farmington’s Scorpions Saturday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers dropped in a whopping 31 points in the final eight minutes, executing a textbook transition game to get uncontested layups on their end of the floor.

Guards Zach Parks, Doug Hardy and Wade Archuleta combined to score 15 points off fast break chances in the fourth quarter and still got it to the big man inside, Alex Kirk, who was good for another 12 points.

“We started rebounding like we should’ve,” Los Alamos head coach Alan Kirk said after the game. “We put pressure on their shooters defensively.”

With the big finish leading to the 24-point victory — all four of Los Alamos’ wins this season have been by 10 points or more — some might forget that the score was tied at 36 apiece with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter.

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