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Boys basketball: Kirk comes up big in Topper victory

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By Mike Cote

Alex Kirk picked up a triple-double Saturday to lead the Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity boys basketball team to an impressive road win.Kirk, the 6-foot-9 sophomore post for the Hilltoppers, scored a whopping 30 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and rejected 10 shots Saturday afternoon as the ’Toppers earned a 72-64 victory against the Silver Fighting Colts in Silver City.The season-high point total for Kirk came just three days after he earned a season-low seven points — although he helped out in other ways, not the least of which was dishing out nine assists — on the road at Belen.Saturday’s win was Los Alamos’ fourth straight victory on the road, and a good win heading into the always-tough Ben Lujan Invitational this weekend.Along with Kirk’s game-high 30, Nik Allen had another solid showing following his monster game against Belen. Allen added 19 points of his own, as well as handing out six assists and picking up three steals.With Saturday’s win, which puts Los Alamos at 6-1 on the season, coach Alan Kirk said things are definitely starting to move in the right direction.“I’m real happy with the effort,” Kirk said. “Looking at the number of kids contributing, taking the whole team, a lot of things are gelling. Our up-and-down game, we’re moving, we’re starting to take better shots. And these road games toughen you up a little bit.”The Hilltoppers outscored the Colts 20-9 in the first quarter. They would move out to a 15-point advantage at one point, but the Colts would come back, thanks in no small part to six 3-pointers on the night.Silver tried to keep the tempo up throughout the game, but Los Alamos was up to the challenge.“They gave us pressure,” Kirk said. “We never broke it open, but we pretty much stayed in control the whole game.”Ben Allen had 16 points, five boards and a pair of assists Saturday against Silver (1-5). Michael Helland grabbed eight boards and Doug Hardy, who is among the Hilltoppers who have stepped up their game on this road trip, had six rebounds.One of the big differences in the game came at the free throw line, where Los Alamos, which has been spotty this season, sank 22 of 27 attempts. Kirk was 11 of 13 from the stripe.Vince Rollins had 23 for Silver, and Daniel Fernandez finished with 14.The Ben Lujan Tournament starts Thursday and continues through Saturday at Pojoaque.