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LA earns first 2-4A win by downing Capital

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By Mike Cote

With time winding down in the first half, it looked like the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball was in trouble.
But a couple of late buckets in the first half gave the team some momentum that it carried into the third quarter.
Los Alamos trailed the Capital Jaguars by as many as 9 points with about a minute and a half remaining before the break, but Los Alamos, which felt going into Friday night’s game it could outrun the Jaguars up and down the floor, got its fast break offense going from that point on.
Hilltopper Skyler Veenis scored in transition with only about a second left in the half and Los Alamos dropped in 8 fast-break points in the third quarter, which swung the tide of the contest.
Los Alamos would hold on to win late, earning a 40-38 victory at Griffith Gymnasium for its first win of the District 2-4A season.
That long-awaited win snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Hilltoppers (2-19 overall, 1-3 in 2-4A).
Since the start of district, Los Alamos has had some close calls. It hung with Bernalillo through most of their Jan. 22 meeting before the Spartans pulled away at the end, then was victimized by cold shooting late in both its games against Santa Fe and district-leading Española Valley.
The Hilltoppers have been hungry for a positive outcome, but finally found it Friday.


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