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Ralph Allen
Antonio Trujillo scored 22 points in LAHS’ road win over St. Pius X High School. His six fourth-quarter free throws iced the game for the Hilltoppers, who won 70-56. It was just St. Pius’ second loss of the season.
LAHS picks up big win at St. Pius

As far as wins in December go, this was about as big as they come. Thursday night, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team traveled to St. Pius X High School, and won 70-56.

On the schedule, it will be marked down like any other game, but this was far from ordinary. Year in and year out, St. Pius is one of the top teams in the state, and this year is no exception. The Sartans entered the game 6-1, with the team’s only loss coming against Española Valley, currently ranked as the top team in the state.

This was LAHS’ chance to prove it was among the best in the state, and the team delivered.

From the opening tipoff, the Hilltoppers were hustling up and down the floor, and contesting everything the Sartans did on offense.

Though he scored just 2 points in the first quarter, Ramon Roybal was the catalyst for LAHS, bringing down rebounds, running the floor and stealing passes.

His effort led to opportunities for Antonio Trujillo, who took full advantage. He led the way with 7 points in the quarter, as LAHS jumped out to a 17-15 lead.

Though the Sartans hit just four shots from the field in the opening quarter, the aggressiveness of LAHS led to free throw opportunities for St. Pius, and the team knocked down five of the seven to stay in the game.

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