Boys basketball: LA thumps Taos in 2-4A contest

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By The Staff

Part of Alan Kirk felt sorry for the Taos Tigers following Saturday’s game.

“They get everyone on the rebound,” said Kirk, head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team of the Tigers. “They got Capital after they lost to Bernalillo, they got us after losing to Capital.”

Saturday, Los Alamos took out some frustration following its first District 2AAAA loss of the season to Capital Wednesday night. Los Alamos crushed Taos in the second quarter — outscoring the Tigers 24-8 — then cruised to a 66-27 victory on the road.

The win put Los Alamos at 4-1 in district (16-7 overall), keeping it on pace with Española Valley for the top spot in the 2AAAA standings. Española Valley topped Capital Saturday night in Santa Fe.

Taos managed double-figure scoring in just the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, which was played under the running-clock rule, Taos managed just three points.

“We started off kind of slow,” Kirk said. “Then we had the big second quarter. Alex (Kirk) took over in that second quarter.”

The 6-foot-11 junior Alex Kirk scored 17 points in the second quarter with Taos (3-16 overall, 0-5 in 2AAAA) unable to counter. Kirk finished Saturday’s game with 30 points and posted eight rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Los Alamos went into Saturday’s contest still smarting from Wednesday’s loss to the Jaguars. Los Alamos appeared to have that contest under control after three quarters, leading by 12 points, but in the fourth quarter Los Alamos’ defense went south and the Jaguars took advantage.

Capital outscored Los Alamos 29-14 to earn a 61-58 win.

But the Hilltoppers put together an impressive showing against the Tigers to remain in the hunt for the regular season district title.

“Coming into Taos, there’s always a question how you’re going to play,” coach Kirk said. “We had two OK practices after Capital. I thought we were a little better prepared … we wanted to make sure the defense didn’t let us down.”

Corey Clark had 11 points Saturday, along with six rebounds and a pair of steals from his guard spot. Jack Russell finished with eight points and a pair of steals.

Guard Zach Parks had five assists Saturday, while Roger Anaya put in some good minutes for the Hilltoppers off the bench.

For the Tigers, Dustin Martinez finished with 10 points.