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Atomic City Update: LAHS boys’ basketball exceeded expectations with trip to district semifinals

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By Phil Scherer

Heading into this basketball season, my expectations for the Los Alamos High School boys’ team were quite low. I never doubted they had talent, I just wondered how the team would play offensively and also wondered about the leadership qualities of members of the team. 

Despite the disappointing 9-20 record of the team, the kids flashed a lot of potential that should serve them in the future. All season, the defense was strong, actively challenging passes and contesting shots at the rim. 

Though the team did not have a lot of players with size under the basket, LAHS held a lot of teams in check and did a good job for the most part grabbing rebounds. 

After showing flashes of brilliance a year ago, Gavin Campos emerged as the offensive leader for the Hilltoppers, working well in tandem with senior David Owen to create a strong 1-2 punch that teams were forced to defend against. 

Campos will return for his senior season next year, and should be an even more complete player. His greatest performances came in the district tournament, where he dominated against Moriarty and Pojoaque Valley. That shows me he plays well on the biggest stage, a trait that should help him next year. 


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