Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Los Alamos Is Down, Not Out, in District 2-4A Race.(Sports)

Byline: Northern Exposure WILL WEBBER Of the Journal

Ding, dong the witch is dead. Or is she? During the Jan. 19 boys basketball game at Espanola Valley High School between then-top ranked Los Alamos and the upstart Sundevils, shouts from the crowd came pouring down near the end of Espanola's dramatic 84-78 overtime victory.

Things like "L.A. is dead," and "Jackson's overrated," could be heard from the raucous Sundevils' faithful. With an overflow crowd that went well beyond the seating capacity of Espanola's spacious gym, it was easy to understand why so many wound up getting caught in the emotion of the moment.

After all, the Sundevils had erased a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the team many said was among the best in the state. With a lineup that includes several gifted athletes not to mention the state's most recognized player in 7-foot center Chris Jackson Los Alamos was an intimidating sight on the floor.

Just like that, however, the Sundevils had scored the mild upset. They, not Los Alamos, would start the brutal District 2-4A schedule on top. For just a split second following the final buzzer, it seemed for all the world that Los Alamos' reign atop the basketball universe was over.

Not so fast.

The preseason No. 1 team in Class 4-A, the Hilltoppers are a long way from dropping out of sight. …

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