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The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will follow up a rough outing this weekend with a potentially rough outing again tonight.
The Hilltoppers will hit the road tonight to face the Hope Christian Huskies in a 6 p.m. tip-off.
Los Alamos fell hard at Capital Friday, losing in the most lopsided fashion of its season, 85-47.
Bouncing back from that game won’t be easy for the Hilltoppers in tonight’s nondistrict contest in Albuquerque.
While the Class 3A Huskies are only 9-10 at this point in the season, they have played what may very well be the toughest schedule of any team in the state. They have faced 14 Class 5A teams so far and have posted a respectable 5-9 record against the big schools.
Tonight, the Huskies return to their home floor following a swing down the southeastern part of the state where they faced two of New Mexico’s most storied programs, Clovis and Hobbs, losing both those contests.
This will be the final nondistrict game for Hope, as it will start District 5-3A play Thursday night at St. Michael’s. District 5-3A is right up there with the toughest districts in the state with Santa Fe Indian School and Sandia Prep also in that mix.
For Los Alamos to have any shot tonight, it must perform much better than it did Friday night at Capital.
The Hilltoppers (1-19 overall, 0-4 in 2-4A) gave up a season-worst 85 points to Capital’s Jaguars in that game, played at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium in Santa Fe.
Capital (16-4, 2-1) scored 31 points in the second quarter and dropped in 19 points against 8 from Los Alamos to turn the game into a rout. Los Alamos turned the ball over 15 times in the game and shot under 40 percent from the floor.
Hilltopper shooting guard Skyler Veenis, who has become Los Alamos’ go-to shooter, had 18 points to lead his team, while guard Franklin Archuleta finished with 12 points. No other Hilltopper finished with more than 5 points.
Capital was a solid favorite to win the district title this season, but is looking up to Bernalillo in the standings right now. Bernalillo (15-6, 3-0) upset Capital 59-58 in a nail-biter early last week.
The Spartans won’t be able to rest their laurels on that victory, however, as they travel to face Española Valley Wednesday night.
Los Alamos, which has lost its four district games to date by an average of 27 points, travels to Bernalillo Saturday night.
NOTE: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on KRSN AM 1490 live from Albuquerque.