Toppers come from behind to win

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Boys basketball: LA picks up big road victory to keep pace in district

By Mike Cote

SANTA FE — After one half of play, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was reeling.
In the second half, however, the Hilltoppers found their feet and, in doing so, picked up a much-needed District 2-4A win.
After managing just 13 points in the first half Tuesday night against the Santa Fe Demons, Los Alamos took a control of the contest in the third quarter, holding Santa Fe without a field goal for an 8-minute stretch to earn a 47-41 come-from-behind win at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.
Los Alamos trailed by as many as 14 points in the third quarter after Santa Fe got off to a hot start coming out of the break, but a big 3-pointer from Thomas Russell, along with the most important sequence of the game in which Nate Carver buried four straight free throws, turned the tables on the Demons in a hurry.
Carver was fouled heading to the basket at the 3:51 mark by Santa Fe’s Nick Martinez. Immediately after the call, Martinez started grousing at the officials, something that got him slapped with a technical foul.
Heading to the foul line, Carver calmly sank his foul shots and the technical foul shots, slicing what had been a solid Demon lead down to just four points.

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