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Boys basketball: LA earns big win in season opener

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By Mike Cote

There were plenty of ups and downs for the Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity basketball team in Tuesday’s opener.But, much like Los Alamos’ impressive 72-48 win over the Kirtland Central Broncos, there were more ups than downs.Los Alamos went up big during the second quarter and never let the Broncos back into Tuesday’s game, the 2007-08 season opener for both squads, which was played in front of an average-sized crowd at Griffith Gymnasium.An impressive 25-3 Hilltopper run during a five-minute stretch of the second quarter, in which the ’Toppers were converting both in their half-court offense and in transition, was ultimately the difference in the contest.“I liked how we moved the ball in this game,” Hilltopper guard Ben Allen said afterward. “I didn’t know how we’d kick it out, but the movement was great. Everybody stayed relaxed, and that really helped.”Allen, for his part, hit five straight buckets in the first half, four of them coming during the second quarter run. He finished the game with 18 points, better than everyone on the floor except Los Alamos center Alex Kirk.Kirk, Los Alamos’ 6-foot-9 center, was able to pound the ball inside against the much smaller Broncos, who had just four players listed over 6 feet and none over 6-3.