The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was blasted in its second game of the season at home Tuesday night.
Los Alamos could do nothing to stop the Valencia Jaguars, who visited Griffith Gymnasium, for their season opener. The Jaguars were lights-out from the floor, shooting above the 80-percent mark and about 64 percent from beyond the circle.
Valencia led by 40 points at the half. Los Alamos settled down a little bit in the second half, but still fell 83-35.
Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said that while there was little slowing down Valencia, his team didn’t help itself much, either.
“They jumped on us right away,” he said. “We turned the ball over, we were not talking and we panicked. We never got much better.”
Los Alamos, of course, is trying to turn its fortunes around after a dismal last two seasons, but a lopsided loss like Tuesday’s could rattle some of the younger players on the team.
Kluk, who called three timeouts early in Tuesday’s ballgame, which didn’t help settle his players down, said there wasn’t much the team could do about Tuesday’s game except forget about it and move on.