Things are starting to improve for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team, but there is still plenty that needs to be corrected.
Los Alamos had some chances on the offensive end Friday night, hosting the Class 6A Rio Grande Ravens, but the team couldn’t get many makeable shots to drop.
Except for a few defensive breakdowns, most of them occurring near the basket, Los Alamos contained Rio Grande’s offense and gave itself some chances on the other end. But Los Alamos missed out on converting too many of those chances and the Ravens held on for a 52-42 win at Griffith Gymnasium.
The Hilltoppers, who appeared to get a shot of momentum off their first win of the year the previous weekend over East Mountain, got the ball inside near the hoop, taking advantage of its speed at the top of the key.
Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers misfired too often from 8 feet and in, many of those shots missing off the front of the iron.
“We couldn’t finish,” Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said. “We missed a lot of pretty easy shots. We had some problems executing our offense and we had some problems with turnovers.”
Los Alamos lost the ball 25 times in the game, 14 of those coming in the first half.