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Troy Hammock goes up for a shot Wednesday while a Del Norte defender flies in to try and block him.
LA boys lose nail biter against Del Norte

The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team nearly knocked off Del Norte Wednesday night. In the end, however, the Knights were two points ahead of the ’Toppers, and won the game 67-65.
Del Norte jumped out to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter, but Los Alamos fought back and won the next two quarters. The ’Toppers outscored the Knights 17-14 in the second and 22-15 in the third to take a 51-50 lead into the fourth.
Los Alamos couldn’t sustain the lead, though.
The loss snapped a two-game win streak for Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers moved to 8-14 overall and 1-3 in District 2-5A after Wednesday’s defeat.
Del Norte improved to 9-11, 2-2.
Also on Wednesday, Bernalillo beat Española Valley 47-45.
Bernalillo also beat Capital while Los Alamos and Del Norte both defeated Bernalillo.
After one round of district games, Capital remains in first place with a 19-3, 3-1 record. Bernalillo, Española Valley and Del Norte are all 2-2 in the district.
With as much parity as there is in the district, however, Los Alamos could easily move up in the final standings.
Los Alamos’ next game is Saturday. The ’Toppers will host Capital at 7 p.m.
 

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