Boys basketball: Sundevils are still the team to beat in District 2

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By Mike Cote

Emotions are riding high heading into the start of the District 2AAAA boys basketball season.

Nowhere more so than in Española Valley, where last week, according to the Associated Press, someone tried to set fire to the front door of Sundevil head coach Richard Martinez’s home. While it was unknown if the fire-setting, which was bad enough to send Martinez’s mother to the hospital for smoke inhalation, had anything to do with basketball, it does speak about how seriously fans in the valley are taking the 2009-10 season.

As for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, they are scheduled to open their district season Wednesday night when they travel to Taos.

Los Alamos heads into this 2AAAA season tied for the fourth-highest win total in Class AAAA – with Albuquerque Academy and Grants – but will start on something of a sour note, dropping a game head coach Alan Kirk felt it should’ve won Friday night at Del Norte. Los Alamos struggled to slow down Del Norte’s perimeter shooting as the Knights knocked down 10 3-pointers to win 61-57.

While the Hilltoppers were down to just eight roster players due to injury and other reasons, they missed six open layup attempts early in the game which would’ve put the Knights in a big early hole had they converted.

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