Boys basketball: Toppers downed against Santa Fe

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By Mike Cote

It was one that got away from the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team Saturday night.

The Hilltoppers were in control for most of the first half Saturday on the road at Santa Fe, but the host Demons chipped away at an 11-point halftime lead throughout the second half and held on for a 67-62 win at Toby Roybal Gymnasium.

Los Alamos’ offense was slowed by Santa Fe’s three-quarter court pressure and couldn’t find a rhythm in the second half. When it did get the ball down the court it misfired on some good scoring chances, letting Santa Fe back into the ballgame down the stretch.

“We kind of collapsed at the end,” Los Alamos head coach Alan Kirk said. “I probably didn’t make some of the defensive moves I should’ve, but it was a learning experience for us.”

It was a disappointing finish for the Hilltoppers, who were hoping to build on a big win in their opener Tuesday night at Kirtland Central.

Los Alamos jumped out to a 16-11 lead after one period and outscored Santa Fe 23-17 in the second to build its 11-point cushion at the break. Los Alamos led by as many as 13 early in the third quarter.

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