In trying to get on the right path following a 1-win season, there is still a ways to go for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.
And while there were some missteps in their first two games, the Hilltoppers might be finding some footing.
Los Alamos showed some things fans hadn’t seen for several years, including some semblance of a transition game, Tuesday night in its home opener against Moriarty. Los Alamos scored some transition buckets and moved the ball more effectively than it did for much of last season on offense.
However, the Hilltoppers offensive performance still wasn’t where the team needed it to be. Los Alamos scored just 17 field goals on the night and just six in the first half as it fell to Moriarty 49-40.
The Hilltoppers set themselves up with decent looks against the Pinto defense much of the contest, but converted only 33.3 percent.
Defensively, Los Alamos had a much better showing than it did in its opener Saturday against Piedra Vista, when it surrendered 82 points.
Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said that lackluster performance came because the Hilltoppers weren’t communicating effectively on that end, but thought the communication improved considerably Tuesday.