Tuesday night the 8-9 Hilltopper boys basketball team played host to the 8-8 Del Norte Knights.
The Toppers were playing without the services of Michael Naranjo, one of their leading scorers. Michael had to sit out because of a concussion protocol.
The game was closely contested. The score was tied at 13 all after the first quarter and the Knights led by 2, 27-25 at half. The Toppers took the lead in the 3 rd quarter making the score 41-38 after 3 quarters. The lead see-sawed in the fourth quarter. Jack Stewart put the Toppers ahead 47-46 with about 5 minutes to go, but Vincent Goodman returned the favor putting the Knights ahead 48-47 at the 4:40 mark, a lead they never relinquished. The final score was 65-62 in favor of the Knights.
Junior Troy Hammock played an excellent game for the Toppers leading in scoring with 18 points. Ramon Roybal, a 5’4” junior guard, was second with 13 points.
Cade Gasway, a 6’8” senior post was the Toppers leading rebounder with 7 rebounds. The Toppers missed a number of “bunnies”, close-in shots that failed to drop.
The Knights were not a tall team, but they were very quick and hustled. They were led in scoring by Daniel Flores with 23 points. Co-captain Vincent Goodman had 14 points.
Next Friday the boys travel to Albuquerque to play the 4-10 Academy Chargers in a district game. The boys then come home to face the 9-10 Roswell Goddard Rockets Saturday afternoon.