Fans come early for Friday’s basketball game

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By 1:30 p.m., the line began to wrap around the sidewalk

By The Staff

Once again, the Española Valley Sundevils rolled into Los Alamos and brought out basketball fans from both sides of the aisle Friday.

The Sundevils, the No. 2-ranked team in Class AAAA boys basketball, visited Griffith Gymnasium Friday night. With the Sundevils came a sizeable crowd from the valley to watch them take on the No.6-ranked Hilltoppers.

Ticket sales, as they usually are when the two teams meet in Los Alamos, were brisk. More than 30 minutes before the Griffith Gym ticket window opened at 2 p.m. Friday, about 75 basketball fans were waiting in line. Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms said that at 4:30 p.m. approximately two-thirds of the 2,500 tickets for the game had been sold.

The gym’s doors were opened at 3 p.m., four hours before the scheduled start time of Friday’s game, and stands were packed to the rafters by halftime of Friday afternoon’s junior varsity game.

Friday’s meeting between the Sundevils and the Hilltoppers was the first time the two teams had played this season. On the line Friday night was early control of the District 2AAAA championship race.

For more about Friday night’s game, see Sports on page A8.