Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

In Battle of Hoops Powerhouses, St. Pius Falls.(Sports)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

After Albuquerque Academy read St. Pius X like a book on the court, it wasn't difficult to read the faces of the Sartans in the aftermath.

Theirs were pained, frustrated expressions Tuesday night as the Sartans suffered their toughest loss of the season, 67-57 to the Chargers in a renewal of one of the state's best rivalries.

In the only regular-season matchup between the private-school powers ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the latest Journal Coaches' Poll, with St. Pius atop the poll the Chargers did everything better than the Sartans.

Not demonstrably better, but enough to separate themselves from St. Pius both on the scoreboard and probably in the next coaches' poll.

"It's a good team we played," said St. Pius senior wing Elliot Schwartz, sounding a familiar anthem Tuesday night. …

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