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It was a bit of a dangerous game for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in many ways Saturday.
The Hilltoppers took on the Santa Fe Prep Blue Griffins in an afternoon contest at Griffith Gymnasium. Santa Fe Prep is a solid Class 2A school with some bruising post players inside.
Along with the physicality, the game was one that Los Alamos had virtually nothing to gain and everything to lose. A Class 4A team should defeat a Class 2A team, the conventional wisdom among the basketball playoff selection committees, but if the Class 2A team pulls off a win, the 4A team’s playoff stock can drop like a rock.
Fortunately for the Hilltoppers, they put their best quarter of the ballgame together when they had to. Nick Baker dropped in 13 of his game-high 17 points in the final quarter as Los Alamos earned a 48-41 victory.
“All week long I told the kids not to underestimate (Santa Fe Prep) just because they’re a 2A team,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said. “They’re a good basketball team.”
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