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  • Prep girls basketball: ’Toppers...

    The defensive effort that Los Alamos girls basketball coach Josh Archuleta was looking for came at a good time.
    The Hilltoppers created hustle plays and intensity on defense to claim their biggest win of the season, a 44-41 overtime win against District 2-5A leaders Albuquerque Academy on Monday night at Griffith Gym.
    Los Alamos improved to 6-15 overall and won its first district game. The Hilltoppers also ended an eight-game winning streak for Academy, which fell to 15-5 overall and lost for the first time in district play.
    “That’s what it says about this team,” Archuleta said. “This team finally came out and believed in themselves. We told them they have to bring up the intensity every single quarter. It comes down to... do we believe in one another to excel and be the team that we know we can be? And that just happened here tonight.”
    The Hilltoppers set the tempo in the overtime period and started the period on an 8-0 run. Los Alamos’ defense didn’t allow Academy to find high percentage shots and forced several Charger turnovers. Academy didn’t score in overtime until the 52-second mark but a pair of free throw cut the Hilltoppers lead to 42-39. Los Alamos put the game away with a bucket on the other end.

  • Makeup game tonight

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will face Albuquerque Academy at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Griffin Gym to makeup a game that was cancelled earlier this season. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 53-33 loss against Espanola Valley, while the first-place Chargers are riding an eight-game win streak.  

  • LA boys hoops look to end skid...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team will attempt to end its recent hardship against Española Valley.
    The Hilltoppers will host the Sundevils at 7 p.m. Saturday at Griffith Gym. Española has won the previous eight matchups in the series. Los Alamos hasn’t upended the Sundevils since a 42-37 victory on Feb. 21, 2012.
    Los Alamos (9-10 overall, 1-1 District 2-5A) is coming off a 50-44 victory against Albuquerque Academy on Jan. 20, which ended a four-game losing streak. Going into a matchup against the defending Class 5A state champion on a winning note is crucial for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos will look to capitalize in the frontcourt by using its superior size advantage. The Hilltoppers have been able to do that since the start of district play. In the two opening District 2-5A games, Los Alamos was led in scoring by post players. Junior post Troy Hammock scored a season-high 18 points in the opener against Del Norte, and senior Cade Gasway led the Hilltoppers with 14 against Academy.
    Defensively, Los Alamos needs to account for the barrage of quality shooters that Española possesses. It’ll be a tough task as the Sundevils have recently been using their frontcourt presence of James Archuleta and Azaziah Salazar to open up shooters on the perimeter like point guard Christian Fernandez.

  • LA girls hoops face Sundevils...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team played a strenuous schedule during non-district play.
    The difficult games didn’t end in non-district, as the Hilltoppers are set to face Española Valley at 7 p.m. tonight in Española.   
    Playing some of the state’s best talent could prepare Los Alamos against the Sundevils, who were ranked No. 6 in this week’s maxprep.com’s Class 5A rankings.
    The Hilltoppers, who are 5-14 overall and 0-1 in District 2-5A, will look to avoid falling behind in the District 2-5A standings with a win.
    Los Alamos’ defensive effort is likely going to give the Hilltoppers the best shot of ending its losing streak to Española, a streak that dates back to the 2012-13 season. Since then, the Sundevils have defeated Los Alamos in the team’s last 10 meetings, including four close games last season. The Hilltoppers and Española have played district title games in the previous four seasons.

  • LA boys hoops top Academy,...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team ended a four-game losing streak by defeating Albuquerque Academy 50-44 in a District 2-5A tilt on Friday in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 9-10 overall and 1-1 in district play.
    Against the Chargers, Los Alamos took a 24-19 lead at halftime after outscoring Academy 11-9 in the second quarter. The Hilltoppers were able to hold off an Academy comeback effort in the second half to avoid falling behind in the District 2-5A standings.
    Los Alamos is also beginning to use its size on the offensive end. Cade Gasway, a senior post, led the Hilltoppers with 14 points, while 6-foot-2 senior forward Isaac Fason finished with nine. Last week against Del Norte, 6-foot-3 post Troy Hammock scored a season-high 18 points.
    Los Alamos will host Espanola Valley at 7 p.m. Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    Goddard game cancelled
    The Hilltoppers game against Goddard, which was scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, was cancelled due to snow and dangerous driving conditions on roads between Roswell and Los Alamos.
    ‘Toppers girls game postponed  

  • Prep girls basketball: LA drops...

    The start of district play didn’t seem like the start of a new season for the Los Alamos girls basketball team.
    Some of the same problems that hindered the Hilltoppers during non-district made an appearance in their 45-29 District 2-5A opening loss to Del Norte on Wednesday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos fell to 5-14 overall and lost a district opener for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
    “It’s all going to depend on how much fight they got in them,” Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. “I pulled my seniors aside and I told them... ‘It’s up to you girls on what legacy you’re going to leave. If you’re going to go out there and give a performance like that, then I’ll invest the time with the underclassmen.’”  
    In non-district play, the Hilltoppers struggled offensively but were kept in games by their intensity on the defensive end. The same scenario played out early in Wednesday’s game. Los Alamos didn’t score until the 2:15 mark of the first quarter but its defense kept Del Norte (10-7 overall, 1-0 District 2-5A) from pulling away early on.
    The Knights opened up a 10-4 lead before Elena Abeyta’s layup with eight seconds remaining cut Del Norte’s first quarter lead to 10-6.

  • Prep boys hoops: Knights edge ‘...

    Mike Kluk said going into district play on a three-game losing streak had an affect on his Los Alamos boys basketball team.
    The Hilltoppers lost their fourth straight game after dropping Tuesday’s District 2-5A opener 65-62 against Del Norte at Griffith Gym. Los Alamos, which dropped a pair of games last weekend to Artesia and Lovington, fell to 8-10 overall.
    “Mentally they’re just down with four losses in a row and that’s tough. We have to figure out how to break that,” Kluk said. “The last three games before this we turned the ball over way too much. Tonight, we didn’t turn the ball over that much but we couldn’t stop their penetration. We did not take care of business on the defensive end.”
    The Hilltoppers led 39-36 going into the final quarter but the Knights (9-8 overall, 1-0 District 2-5A) began their comeback with a triple from Elijuah Hogan that cut Los Alamos’ lead to 46-44 with six minutes left to play. Vincent Goodman scored the Knights next six points to give them a 50-47 lead.

  • Prep boys hoops: LA falls at...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team dropped a pair of troublesome road games this past weekend.
    The Hilltoppers fell to Artesia 56-44 on Friday night, and dropped a 53-49 decision to Lovington on Saturday.
    Los Alamos got off to strong start against the Bulldogs and garnered a 13-9 lead after the first quarter. Artesia responded in the second frame by outscoring the Hilltoppers 15-6 and taking 24-19 lead at halftime. Artesia continued to execute in the third quarter and extended its lead to 43-30, before fending off Los Alamos in the final eight minutes.
    Against Lovington, the Hilltoppers led 12-11 after the opening eight minutes and maintained a point lead as the teams were even 8-8 during the second quarter. Trailing 20-19, the Wildcats used a 14-point third quarter performance to take a 33-22 lead heading into the final frame. Lovington sealed the win by outscoring Los Alamos 20-17 in the fourth.
    After the back-to-back losses Los Alamos fell to 8-9 overall and will open District 2-5A play at 7 p.m. against Del Norte at Griffith Gym.  
     

  • Prep girls hoops: ‘Toppers fall...

    It’s questionable why the Los Alamos girls basketball team played one of the state’s perennial powerhouses five days before that start of District 2-5A play.
    But the Hilltoppers (5-13) did and now have to ensure that Friday’s 67-21 loss against Eldorado at Griffith Gym won’t have a daunting affect during district.
    “This is hands down the best team we’ve faced all season,” Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. “We just summed it up as a measurable loss. It can definitely have a positive or negative affect in district. But I told them I would rather lose like this against a good team than lose a close one to a team in our district.”
    Archuleta said he knew it was going to be difficult to generate offense against a stifling Eagles defense. But Los Alamos made it even more difficult by turning the ball over 16 times in the first half. The Hilltoppers also didn’t capitalize from 10 Eldorado turnovers in the second quarter, as the Eagles went into halftime with a 34-9 lead.
    Los Alamos limited the turnovers in the second half but was unable to limit Eldorado’s offensive prowess. The Eagles got off to a 9-0 start in the second half and outscored the Hilltoppers 33-12 in the final 16 minutes.

  • LA boys fall at Taos

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team dropped a road game to Taos 49-46 on Tuesday night.
    The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Los Alamos and it was the first since Dec. 30, 2016.
    Taos scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to drop the Hilltoppers record to 8-7 overall. The Tigers improved to 7-8 and remained unbeaten at home this season.
    It was evenly matched for the full 32 minutes, as the teams went into halftime tied 22-22. Taos outscored Los Alamos 17-12 in the third quarter and the Hilltoppers were unable to hit open shots in the fourth quarter.
    This was Taos’ first win against Los Alamos since Jan. 3, 2015.
    Los Alamos failed to capitalize on a quality opportunity to go into District 2-5A play with an affirmative winning streak. Now, the Hilltoppers will travel to the Southeastern part of the state to face Artesia at 7 p.m. tonight and Lovington at 2 p.m. Saturday.