Boys basketball: LA comes back to knock off Capital

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By Mike Cote

Most times when they get together, the Capital Jaguars give the Los Alamos Hilltoppers fits.

Thursday night was no exception.

The Jaguars’ boys basketball team led by eight points at the half and as many as nine early in the third quarter, but the Hilltoppers got back to doing what they do best and took a 55-47 victory Thursday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

With the win, Los Alamos will advance to tonight’s District 2AAAA championship game at Española Valley where it will face the district regular season champion Sundevils. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m., tickets for which go on sale at 3 p.m. at Española Valley’s box office.

Thursday’s game was the fourth meeting between Los Alamos and Capital, with the two teams splitting their meetings.

But with an 18-7 edge in the fourth quarter, the Hilltoppers earned wins in their final two meetings and the most important of the four.

“We’ve come back before,” Hilltopper guard Jack Russell said. “We always have. We usually have one good half. Capital’s a good team and they’re going to surprise a lot of people at state.”

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