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Toppers win on late-game shot

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Boys basketball: Baker converts on third-chance bucket with just 10 seconds left

By Mike Cote

JACONA – It was a wild finish to a tight ballgame Thursday night, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team prevailed over a longtime rival.
Los Alamos traveled just down the road to visit the Pojoaque Elks Thursday night with both teams looking to pick up some momentum as they get ready to start district play next week.
With only 10 seconds remaining, Los Alamos’ Nick Baker scored on a third-chance bucket after a mad scrum for a pair of rebounds. With time left, however the Elks moved the ball back down the court, but couldn’t get off a decent look late, persevering a 44-43 victory at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.
It was a big road win for the Hilltoppers, who have picked up victories in two of their last three contests against quality opponents and might have had a chance for a third but for one disastrous quarter Tuesday night against St. Pius X.
“It feels really good. We wanted to win this game and we’re definitely glad we were able to do it,” Baker said after the victory over the Elks.
Baker, who has been Los Alamos’ MVP through the nondistrict season, finished with a team-high 11 points, but none of them bigger than his final bucket.


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