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In what was probably the biggest game of its season to date, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had a chance to reverse its fortunes in a hurry Saturday night.
Los Alamos could’ve made a big splash in the District 2-4A standings if it could’ve pulled off an upset against the Bernalillo Spartans. Los Alamos’ upset prospects looked good after the first half at Griffith Gymnasium Saturday, taking a 30-26 lead into the locker room, but the Spartans bounced back in a big way in the third quarter.
The Spartans outscored the Hilltoppers 20-8 in the third quarter and survived a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter to take a 67-59 decision.
With a chance to move into a third-place tie and set up a potential match for second place in the 2-4A standings, however, the Hilltoppers’ loss puts the team into the district basement with just three games to play.
After a loss to Santa Fe and a too-close-for-comfort win against Española Valley, the Spartans (15-8 overall, 3-2 in 2-4A) looked vulnerable heading into the game, while the Hilltoppers were coming off one of their most decisive wins of the season Tuesday.
But with the contest’s outcome very much in doubt, Bernalillo guard Brandon Saiz nailed 8 of 10 free throws in the final quarter to seal the deal.
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