The Los Alamos boys' basketball team came out with a ton of energy and gave the visiting Española Valley Sundevils a tough game Tuesday. Española Valley, however, used a relentless attack to finish on top, 80-70.
Los Alamos (6-13, 0-2 District 2-5A) started hot and built a 20-12 first-quarter lead. After Los Alamos went up 10-5, Española Valley (14-5, 2-0) showed its athleticism to finish some fast breaks with style and tie the game at 12. Jack Stewart sparked an 8-0 run to make sure Los Alamos finished the quarter on top. After snagging an offensive rebound, Stewart scored with a turn around jumper. After Isaac Fason added a pair of free throws, Stewart pulled down a defensive rebound and made a great pass to Michael Naranjo for a transition bucket. Just before the quarter ended, a Sundevil blocked a Stewart shot, but Stewart stayed with the play, went back up and got the bucket on his second attempt.
Española picked up the pace after that and scored 12 of the first 14 points in the second quarter and eventually took a 34-33 lead into halftime.
The Sundevils then kept their foot on the gas to take a 12-point lead into the fourth. Los Alamos put 25 points on the scoreboard to win the final quarter, thanks to sinking 14 of its 15 free throw attempts, but Española kept making plays to finish on top.