Boys basketball: 'Toppers knock off Hawks, 65-47

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By The Staff

While having more turnovers doesn’t usually equate to scoring more points, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had that exact thing happen to them late in Tuesday’s ballgame.

With the visiting Volcano Vista Hawks trailing in the second half of Tuesday’s game, the Hawks switched defensive tactics, applying full-court pressure to the Hilltoppers.

And while the Hawks were able to force the Hilltoppers into some turnovers, few ended up being very costly, especially since the Hilltoppers were able to break their press fairly consistently to pick up a 65-47 win at Griffith Gymnasium.

Tuesday’s game was the first home appearance in nearly a month for Los Alamos (11-5), which since a Dec. 9 game against Belen, had been playing at tournaments in Albuquerque, Pojoaque and, most recently, Roswell.

The home contest Tuesday was the first trip by Volcano Vista, a new Class AAAA high school on Albuquerque’s extreme west side, to Los Alamos.

While Los Alamos head coach Alan Kirk said his team turned in a decent game in Tuesday’s win, it wasn’t without some hiccups.

“We got a little sloppy,” Kirk said. “The third quarter was kind of slow … but when things went up-tempo, our turnovers went up. But so did our points.”

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