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Boys basketball: LA knocks off Pojoaque in Ben Lujan tourney finale

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By Mike Cote

JACONA — A tournament that started out a little shaky for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team couldn’t have ended on much more solid footing.

In the final of the Ben Lujan Invitational, the Hilltoppers put together an impressive fourth quarter, spearheaded by their brightest star, to stave off a comeback attempt by a tough Pojoaque Elks squad, winning their second-straight Ben Lujan tournament title with a 60-48 victory Wednesday.

Los Alamos senior Alex Kirk had one of his most dominant performances of the season Wednesday against Pojoaque. Kirk’s monster fourth quarter capped off a triple-double performance for the University of New Mexico-bound center. He finished Wednesday’s ballgame with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.

Meanwhile, Los Alamos forward Brandon Owens chipped in a career-high 14 points and Austin Wolstein added nine points in another solid outing for him in the tournament.

Heading into Wednesday’s final, Los Alamos was leery of Pojoaque’s proficiency shooting from long-range, but the Los Alamos perimeter defense, which had struggled in recent games, was more than up to the task.

While the Elks still drained 10 3-pointers, they needed 23 attempts to get them.


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