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The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team got off to a good start at Roswell’s Poe Corn Invitational Tuesday night.
The Hilltoppers survived a slow, dreary first round game against the Valenica Jaguars Tuesday. The Jaguars were in no hurry to move the ball down the court against the Hilltoppers, but even though they tried to run a methodical half-court offense, they couldn’t crack the sturdy Hilltopper defense.
Los Alamos won the Poe Corn opener 40-30 and advances to play the top team in the state tonight, the Roswell Coyotes.
The Coyotes, who crushed the Aztec Tigers 70-20 in Tuesday’s first round, are 6-1 on the season. The Coyotes are the defending Class AAAA champion and have been ranked No. 1 in the statewide coaches’ poll all season long.
“Tonight, it’ll be a good game,” Los Alamos head coach Alan Kirk said. “The kids played OK (Tuesday), but I think the layoff hurt them a little bit.”
Hilltopper center Alex Kirk posted a season-low 7 points Tuesday night, but his offensive prowess wasn’t needed. Guard Zach Parks finished with 16 points and Austin Wolstein chipped in 9 points to lead the Hilltoppers.
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