This time Los Alamos didn’t shy away in the fourth quarter.
Down 44-34 entering the final quarter, Los Alamos hit crucial shots and made defensive stops to pick up a big 52-49 win at Belen on Friday night.
“That was probably as patient as we’ve been all year,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “Usually when we get down six or eight points, we try to win it with our next shot. Tonight, they were really patient, got really good shots and even got three 3’s in a row in one stretch. We didn’t panic so much when we got behind.”
The Hilltoppers had every excuse to panic being down by 10 with eight minutes remaining. But instead, Los Alamos executed on offense, including back-to-back 3’s from Ramon Roybal and Jack Stewart that cut Belen’s lead to 46-42 with 6:20 left in the game.
A contested jumper from Anthony Trujillo gave Los Alamos its first lead of the second half, 48-47 with 1:25 remaining. After Trujillo’s go ahead jumper, the Hilltoppers managed to keep the Eagles from getting good looks and with 30 seconds left, Cade Gasway rejected a Belen attempt to tie it. The Eagles got a decent look from 3-point range but the shot was off the mark.