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Boys basketball: LA thumps Scorps, Knights

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By Mike Cote

At the 3:44 mark of the first quarter the score was Alex Kirk 9, Farmington nothing.Farmington’s situation didn’t improve throughout the duration of the game.The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys varsity basketball team was an ungracious host to the Farmington Scorpions Saturday, knocking off the Scorpions 62-38 Saturday afternoon in Griffith Gymnasium.Kirk, Los Alamos’ 6-foot, 9-inch center, outscored Farmington 13-8 in the first half. Farmington, in the midst of a rebuilding season, simply had no answer for Kirk in the first half, who in just his sophomore season has emerged as one of the premier big men in the state.Kirk took a good chunk of the second half off Saturday, but still finished with 19 points to lead all scorers, just a day after dropping in 21 against Del Norte.Saturday afternoon’s win came on the heels of a big 77-51 win on the road over the hapless Del Norte Knights.The two wins this weekend served two big purposes. The first was snapping a four-game skid by the ’Toppers, their longest losing streak of the season. The second was allowing the ’Toppers to pick up some momentum before their next game, Wednesday at Taos, which starts the District 2AAAA season.Hilltopper head coach Alan Kirk said he didn’t know if the two wins would truly make a big difference in his team’s preparedness for the start of 2AAAA play.“They were wins,” Kirk said. “We weren’t playing the toughest of teams. We can’t get overconfident. Del Norte didn’t replace the kids they lost last year from their top-ranked team.”The Knights have just one victory this season in 16 tries, that coming Jan. 12 over Farmington. Farmington dropped to 4-12 on the season with Saturday’s loss.The Scorpions didn’t score until the 2:37 mark of the first quarter Saturday and didn’t get their first field goal with 16 seconds left. They were 1-for-10 from the field in that quarter.Los Alamos led 37-8 after the first half before Farmington put together a good third quarter — the Hilltoppers rotated a lot of their players in and out in the second half — scoring 20 points. Skyler Corley, who gave the Hilltoppers some trouble in the first meeting between the two teams, nailed three 3-pointers in the third quarter to get Farmington’s offense jump-started.Corley, who hit only those three shots, finished with nine points to lead Farmington.Ben Allen had 16 against Farmington and had 12 against Del Norte Friday along with 10 rebounds. Nik Allen, who matched Kirk with 21 points the night before, finished with nine and Michael Helland had eight.On Friday, the ‘Toppers held Del Norte to just 3 points in the first quarter and 15 in the first half.Much like Saturday’s game, Del Norte came back a little in the third quarter but not enough to really close the gap.Reginald Stamps had 20 points for Del Norte against Los Alamos.