Triumphant Toppers Tame Taos Tigers

Toppers head to the bench to share their win with coaches. Photo by John McHale/

Wesley Stanfield outscored every player by twice as many goals with his 24 point total, including two 3-point baskets … active defensively and a force all over the court. Photo by John McHale/


The Topper Boys Basketball Team played host to the Taos Tigers Wednesday evening in a conference game in Griffith Gymnasium.

The Tigers were the favorites going into the contest with their strong win/loss record.

The Toppers were still reeling from their losses to the Sundevils and Horseman in their two previous games.

The Toppers started out strong and kept it up for all four quarters to win the contest 61-59.

This was a very exciting game to watch with its fast paced, physical action by both teams and was very tense in the final few minutes as the Toppers managed to hold off the Tigers. 

Topper defense at work keeping the Tigers on the defensive. Photo by John McHale/

Rick Valdez pushes past Tiger defensemen Daemon Ely and Estevan Cantu to get a shot off late in the 4th quarter. Photo by John McHale/

Elijah Ortiz and Harrison Frank put pressure on the Tiger offense in the closing minutes of the game. Photo by John McHale/

Harrison Frank takes a shot from the corner under the watchful eye of Head Coach Benito Maestas late in the 4th quarter. Photo by John McHale/

Topper Cheerleaders lead the student section during a timeout. Photo by John McHale/