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The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team bounced back from Wednesday night's loss in a big way Thursday.
Hilltopper forward Austin Wolstein dropped in 24 points and collected 6 rebounds as Los Alamos trampled the Goddard Rockets 64-39 in the third-place game of the Poe Corn Invitational.
The Poe Corn is one of the oldest basketball tournaments in the state and is hosted annually by Roswell High School.
The Class AAAA Goddard (1-5) hung with Los Alamos (11-3) early in the ballgame, but managed only 7 points in the second quarter and 7 more in the third quarter. Los Alamos scored 18 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Meanwhile, Hilltopper center Alex Kirk posted his third double-double of the season. Kirk, who found himself amid double-teams all game, still managed 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
Kirk Webber had 11 rebounds in the contest, as well, a season-high for him. Austin Aslin chipped in 5 points off the bench and Zach Parks was credited with 6 assists.
A day earlier, Los Alamos fell to Roswell 68-41. Roswell is the defending Class AAAA champion and ranked No. 1 in the state according to the most recent coaches' poll.
Los Alamos head coach Alan Kirk said Roswell isn't in the top spot by accident.
"I can almost say that right now, it's a 2-1/2 dog race," Kirk said, talking about potential contenders for the state title. "Española (Valley) is playing phenomenal. Española, Roswell and (Albuquerque) Academy are playing very well right now."
With the victory, Los Alamos has been victorious in five of its last six outings.