Boys basketball: LA opens district Wednesday vs. Taos

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By Mike Cote

In Alan Kirk’s four-tiered boys basketball season system, tier one is finishing up and tier two is just about to start.

Los Alamos ended its first phase with a solid 12-6 record. However, the most heated phase of the season gets going Wednesday when the District 2AAAA season opens.

The Hilltoppers will host the Taos Tigers, the only one of the five district teams without at least 10 wins so far.

Taos was the only district team in 2007-08 that didn’t qualify for the Class AAAA playoffs and with just three wins in 15 outings so far, the Tigers could be desperate to make a statement during the district season. That’s something Kirk, the head coach of the Hilltoppers, is acutely aware of preparing for Wednesday’s game.

The Tigers, who only boast one player above 6-foot-1, aren’t likely to be much of a match for the Hilltoppers in the paint, especially with 6-foot-11 center Alex Kirk clogging up the middle.

Coach Kirk thinks Taos will try to spread the floor on offense and send guards in to try to beat Los Alamos with its speed.

Following Wednesday’s game, the Hilltoppers will have three days of practice to prepare for their next opponent, the biggest potential dark horse in the district, Bernalillo.

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