Prep boys hoops: Toppers go 1-2 in Poe Corn tourney

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By Jose Corral

The Los Alamos boys basketball team got a good indication of how it matched up against other Class 5A teams.
The Hilltoppers finished the Poe Corn Tournament in Roswell with one win and two tough losses.
Los Alamos opened the tournament on Dec. 28 with a 44-33 loss against Belen. On Thursday, the Hilltoppers regrouped and downed Bloomfield 55-44 to setup a fifth-place game against Farmington on Friday. Los Alamos was unable to end the tournament on a high note, dropping a 55-39 decision against the Scorpions.
Against Belen, the Hilltoppers were playing its best defensive game of the season, only allowing 22 points through the first three quartersl and didn’t allow a point in the third quarter.  With scored tied 22-22 heading into the fourth quarter, the Eagles pulled away and outscored Los Alamos 22-11 in the final eight minutes.
The 55 points Los Alamos scored against Bloomfield was the most since the Hilltoppers scored 63 points in a win against El Paso High (Texas) on Dec. 10. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Los Alamos.
The loss to Farmington assured that Los Alamos would finish 1-2 in a regular season tournament, like it did in the Hub City Tournament in Belen in the second weekend of December.
The Hilltoppers fell to 5-6 overall after the all-Class 5A tournament and played Pojoaque Valley on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline.