Boys basketball: Toppers fall to Jaguars Monday night in Santa Fe

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By The Staff

Things got a little hairier for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team following Monday’s loss.

Los Alamos struggled during the middle quarters during Monday’ night’s make-up contest against the Capital Jaguars. Los Alamos was outscored 16-9 in the second quarter and 19-14 in the third quarter.

While the Hilltoppers tried to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, the push wasn’t enough and the Hilltoppers fell 56-52 to the Jaguars.

The loss now means the Hilltoppers have a tenuous hold on second place in the District 2AAAA race. The Jaguars, who have had an uneven regular season so far, are just a half-game behind the Hilltoppers, who trail front-running Española Valley.

Capital guard Reece Goodman, its main scoring threat, pumped in 28 points Monday night to lead all scorers.

Los Alamos head coach Alan Kirk said going into the game that his defense would need to slow Goodman down.

“We didn’t, and he hit some nice shots,” Kirk said. “We let him get away. He had 10 points in the third quarter and 8 in the second. Those hurt us.”

In the first three quarters, Los Alamos tried to use a zone defense to slow down Goodman. In the fourth, it switched to a man-to-man defense and that seemed to help as it attempted a comeback from an 11-point deficit.

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