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The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team came up big when it mattered most Wednesday night, downing the Bernalillo Spartans 57-44 at Griffith Gymnasium.
The game was the District 2AAAA opener for both teams.
Los Alamos (5-14 overall), got 20 points from Thomas Russell, rejoining the lineup after a foot injury kept him out of a ballgame last week, and 12 more from Nick Baker to knock off the Spartans.
The Hilltoppers trailed by one point at the break, but used an 11-5 push in the third quarter to take control of the contest, then sank 15 of 18 chances at the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Read more about Los Alamos big district-opening victory in Thursday’s Monitor.