Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Los Alamos Falls to Valley.(Sports)

Byline: Eric Butler For the Journal

* Hilltoppers lose to run-and-gun Vikings, 56-53, in closing seconds of the game

It wasn't exactly how Los Alamos coach Terry Hiller envisioned his match-up with Valley when he first scheduled the run-and-gun Vikings.

But, in one way, it was just what Hiller wanted despite a 56-53 loss to a Valley team that suddenly put on the offensive brakes Thursday night.

"It's a tough place to play and that's why we have them on the schedule," said Hiller after watching his team come back from a 14-point deficit to go ahead by four points in the fourth quarter before finally falling in the closing seconds. "We could have had a cupcake schedule and played a lot of smaller schools, but it's not going to get us ready for our district. …

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