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Weekend sports: LA, Pojoaque boys meet Saturday in a rematch of Ben Lujan hoops semifinal

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By Mike Cote

Play it again, Sam.

Hilltopper head coach Alan Kirk said nothing would please him more than a packed house Saturday when the boys varsity basketball team meets Pojoaque in round two of a long standing rivalry.

That game highlights a busy sports weekend for Los Alamos teams. The Hilltopper girls basketball team will entertain Farmington Friday night, the Topper swimming and diving teams will be in Santa Fe and the Topper wrestling team travels to Albuquerque Academy.

Boys basketball

Los Alamos will get a second crack at the Pojoaque Elks Saturday, this time on its home floor.

This will be the second meeting between the two schools this season, the first coming in the semifinal round of the Ben Lujan Invitational Dec. 21. Pojoaque came away with a 52-50 win to advance to its own tournament championship game, where it routed Marin Catholic (Calif.) 77-58.

In the first meeting between the two squads, Los Alamos was up by eight at the break, but Pojoaque rallied to tie the game in the third quarter. Pojoaque would take a 51-47 lead with five seconds remaining before Los Alamos center Alex Kirk banked a 3-pointer off the glass to slice the margin to one point.

However, Los Alamos wouldnt get off another shot before the buzzer sounded.


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