For a half, it appeared like the Los Alamos boys basketball team was on its way to pulling off the biggest upset in the Class 5A state tournament.
But the upset bid fell short after No. 3 Farmington outscored the 14-seeded Hilltoppers 35-15 in the second half en route to 53-40 win in the first round Saturday night in Farmington.
"They (Farmington) picked up their game," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "They got on a roll and we got into trying to catch up with 3s. We quit attacking and that hurt us."
The Scorpions advanced to the quarterfinals, where they'll face No. 6 Los Lunas Wednesday at the Pit in Albuquerque. Los Alamos' season ends at 13-15 overall after falling to Farmington for the second time this season.
Nick Granger led the Scorpions with a game-high 17 points, while Sol Rascon finished with 14.
The backcourt duo of junior guards Ramon Roybal and Antonio Trujillo paced Los Alamos with 12 points apiece. All of Roybal's points came from 3-point range, while Trujillo knocked down two triples. Junior guard Jack Stewart added 11 for Los Alamos.
"We definitely could've done better," Stewart said. "We collapsed as a team. That comes with the maturity. I think next year we'll comeback even stronger."