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SANTA FE — With under a minute remaining in the third quarter, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was very much in the game against the Santa Fe Demons.
Then the wheels fell off.
With the third quarter winding down, Los Alamos trailed by just 7 points to Santa Fe Saturday night at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium. But Santa Fe went on a 9-2 run extending into the early part of the fourth quarter to take control of the contest.
A pair of Los Alamos 3-pointers by Seth Drop and Skyler Veenis at the 6:11 and 5:21 mark cut the Santa Fe lead back down to 8 points, but that would be Los Alamos’ last hurrah in the game.
Santa Fe outscored Los Alamos 20-5 in the final 5 minutes to roll to a 70-47 win in the District 2-4A contest.
Los Alamos finished the second half with 18 team fouls — despite the whopping total called on the Hilltoppers, only a few of those calls, most of them coming after the score got out of hand, were dubious. Santa Fe was into the double-bonus just 12 seconds into the fourth quarter.
In the final period, the Demons (9-10 overall, 1-1 in district) went to the foul line 20 times and converted 14 of those shots.
For Los Alamos, starters Travis Richins, Simon Heath and Xavier Dennison fouled out in a span of 1:38, all before the halfway point of the fourth quarter.
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