Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Stunning Rally Carries Sundevils Over 'Toppers.(Sports)

Byline: From Journal Reports

Rio Rancho Controls 2nd Half, Rips Cibola


ESPANOLA The Espanola Valley boys staged an incredible rally in the fourth quarter to upend Class 4A's top-ranked Los Alamos Hilltoppers on Friday night en route to an 84-78 high school basketball victory in overtime.

Trailing by as many as 19 points, the Sundevils (13-3, 2-0) rallied for to send the contest into an extra session when junior guard Jonathan Chavez grabbed a rebound in front of Los Alamos 7-footer Chris Jackson and sank an off-balance shot as he fell to the floor. It tied the game at 75 with less than a second remaining in regulation.

The win came before an estimated 4,600. With a seating capacity of just 4,400 at the Espanola gym, school officials said they were forced to stop selling tickets a full 10 minutes before tipoff as throngs of fans were turned away at the gate. …

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