Toppers Defeat Moriarty Pintos In District Opener

The Toppers started district play with a big win over the Moriarty Pintos in Griffith Gym Thursday night. After a slow start the coach, Benito Maestas, called a time out and that changed the game for the Toppers who came out and played the best game they have put together this season winning 70-48. The Toppers dominated the game with an aggressive offense and a strong defense. They scored from all over the court with 8-3’s and converting most of their free-throws. On defense the Toppers blocked shots, stole the ball and caused turnovers which took the Pintos out of the game. Every player was a contributor. The Toppers cruised to an impressive win after a very slow start to the season. This game was very exciting to watch. The Toppers next home game is Friday against the Taos Tigers. Gavin Compos is a very aggressive player by consistently attacking the defense for shots. He led the Toppers with 18 points which included 2-3’s. Photo by John McHale/

Brian Irwin crashes through the Pinto defense for another score. He had 12 points and 2-3s for the night. Photo by John McHale/

The Topper defense was all over the Pinto’s offense, Harrison Frank who had 13 points and Gavin Compos block a shot attempt by Tyler Ortiz. Photo by John McHale/

Wesley Stanfield breaks through the Pinto defense in the 4th quarter. He contributed 14 points in this game. Photo by John McHale/

Elijah Ortiz knocks the ball from Julian Encinitas’s hands, and he was not very happy about that. Ortiz had 6 points for the game. Photo by John McHale/


Harrison Frank is always a strong contributor to the game with his ball handling and sharp shooting. He contributed 13 points including 2-3s. Photo by John McHale/



JD Carson hits for 2 in the 3rd quarter. Photo by John McHale/