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Ralph Allen
Senior forward Ivan Balakirev avoids three defenders to score a basket in LAHS’ 82-62 victory over Taos High School Tuesday evening at Griffith Gymnasium. The win improved the Hilltoppers’ record to 8-7 this season, with two games remaining before District 2-5A play begins.
LAHS picks up bounce-back win over Taos

Led by 20 points from sophomore guard Gavin Campos, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team got back on track Tuesday evening, defeating Taos High School 82-62.

Heading into the matchup, many questions surrounded the Hilltoppers, notably the health of two of the team’s best players.

Senior guards Antonio Trujillo and Ramon Roybal missed time over the past week with injuries, and it was uncertain whether either would be able to play against Taos.

As it turned out, both were good to go and played significant minutes, though neither started.

In their places, Campos and David Owen, a junior, entered the starting lineup at the guard positions.

Campos began scoring almost immediately, collecting 6 quick points in the first quarter, a time when the rest of the team was struggling to find an offensive rhythm.

Senior forward Troy Hammock, who has been a key offensive contributor in recent weeks, picked up 4 points in the first quarter.

Despite those contributions, the Hilltoppers trailed Taos 15-14 after the first quarter, as the Tigers knocked down three 3-pointers in the quarter.

The offensive production picked up significantly for the Hilltoppers in the second quarter, with players consistently knocking down jump shots.

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