Both the Los Alamos boys and girls basketball teams will have tournaments in Albuquerque starting Thursday.
Usually, Los Alamos’ boys and girls would be heading to the same tournament this week, but not this season. Los Alamos’ girls will take part in the Joe Armijo Invitational at Albuquerque Academy, while, this season, the Hilltopper boys will go to the Sandia Prep Sundevil Invitational.
Los Alamos’ boys will be hoping to turn things around, at least a little bit, after a 0-4 start. Los Alamos had shown some flashes in two of those ballgames, but those flashes were few and far between in big losses to Valencia and, most recently, St. Michael’s.
Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said his young team has been shying away from physicality down low and has been paying the price for it. St. Michael’s, which is by no means a big squad, dominated in the paint in its 56-32 victory Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
Thursday, Los Alamos will play Las Vegas Robertson in the opening round of the Sandia Prep tournament. That game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.
Prior to this year, Los Alamos had been usual guests to Academy’s home tournament. Interestingly, though, another team that has made fairly regular appearances at Academy, Española Valley, also will be playing at Sandia Prep.