Gavin Campos takes an off balance shot during the Monday night game played in Albuquerque. This was the first game in the single elimination district tournament. The ‘Toppers started strong by leading the first two periods. The Chargers came out strong in the second half and the ‘Toppers went cold and fell behind and were unable to close the gap and lost the game 53-62. This loss ended the ‘Topper season. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Senior Antonio Trujillo does what he did all season-bring the ball down the court and turn the corner on the way to the basket. He finished with 12 points for this game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
By RJ MONTAÑO
Los Alamos Daily Post
ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys’ basketball team played a close and hard-fought game at Albuquerque Academy, but fell short in a 62-53 loss to the Chargers on Monday night.
The ‘Toppers started the game with plenty of confidence and poise as they jumped out to a 21-17 first quarter lead. Ramon Roybal nailed a pair of NBA range three-point baskets to lead Los Alamos with eight points in the quarter.
All season long the second quarter has been troublesome for the ‘Toppers, and Monday night was no different. Los Alamos was only able to manage three points in the quarter off a David Owen bucket and a Gavin Campos free throw. Miraculously, the ‘Toppers were able to hold the Chargers to six points to take a one-point, 24-23 lead into halftime.
The ‘Toppers were held scoreless for the first half of the third quarter as the Chargers jumped out to a quick 12 point lead. Los Alamos would chip away at the lead for the remainder of the game, but couldn’t recover from a 14-minute slump where they were only able to score five points.
The Chargers had an answer for every ‘Topper run behind Chris Harvey and Markus Parrish, who finished the game 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Los Alamos finished the game making more three-point shots (seven) than free throws (six).
The ‘Toppers were led in scoring by three seniors playing their final game in the green and gold. Roybal contributed 16 points, Antonio Trujillo added 12, and Michael Naranjo finished with 10.
Los Alamos finished the season with a 9-18 record after starting the season 9-7.
Michael Naranjo splits a pair of defenders on his way to the basket. He scored 10 points for this game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Antonio Trujillo and Ramon Roybal steal the ball from a Charger player. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Ramon Roybal hits for three. He scored 13 points during the game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
David Owen scores a two-point shot in the second period. He scored 11 points during this game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Michael Naranjo reaches for a loose ball under the ‘Topper basket. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com