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Toppers, Sartans to clash tonight

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The Los Alamos Hilltoppers boys basketball team will take on an old foe tonight at Griffith Gymnasium.

Los Alamos will face the St. Pius X Sartans. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The two teams have a long history, including being District 2-4A rivals during the 2000-2006 seasons.

This week, the Sartans (9-4) are the No. 4-ranked team in Class 4A and have already compiled some impressive wins, including an 85-65 victory over the team that replaced it in 2-4A, the Bernalillo Spartans.

While facing off against St. Pius is a tall order, this game has the potential to turn the Hilltoppers' season around. The Hilltoppers (5-9) have been playing better than their record, picking up a win against Artesia and playing better against top-ranked Goddard than many expected during the Poe Corn Invitational late last month.

Senior Nick Baker is having an impressive nondistrict season for the Hilltoppers, while the offense could get a shot in the arm with the return of senior Bobby Sanders in the post.