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ALBUQUERQUE — There was more than one parallel between the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team’s game Monday against Kirtland Central and its game Thursday against the Academy Chargers.
Chief among those parallels, however, was the presence of a big man down low that the Hilltoppers struggled to stop.
Academy’s 6-foot-4 senior, Chris Martin, had a dominant showing in the first quarter Thursday, dropping in 10 points and doing virtually anything he wanted against the Hilltoppers.
Martin gave the Chargers a 13-point advantage after one quarter as Academy rolled to a 58-41 win.
While Martin played virtually an identical role for the Chargers that Christian Mackey did for Kirtland Central earlier in the week, that was hardly the only similarity between the two losses for the Hilltoppers.
Los Alamos (1-11), for the second straight game, had a quarter where it managed just two points. Only a field goal by William Steinkamp with 1:45 remaining in the quarter kept the Hilltoppers from being shut out in the period — it was also a bucket by Steinkamp at the buzzer of the second quarter Monday that ended up being the lone points there.
And once again, Los Alamos had its best quarter of the game in the fourth quarter which, unfortunately, occurred well after the outcome had been determined.