Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cody Is Academy Commander With 45 Points in Win Vs. Deming.(Sports)

Byline: Ken Sickenger Journal Staff Writer

Cody Toppert had no real reason to expect an offensive eruption Saturday.

After all, the Albuquerque Academy senior was coming off a subpar week in which he struggled in practice and gasp failed to score for an entire half Tuesday against Belen.

But after practicing his jump shot prior to a junior-varsity game, Toppert exploded for 45 points and carried Class 4A's second-ranked Chargers to a 64-57 high school boys basketball win over visiting Deming.

"My stroke felt great," said Toppert, who drained seven 3-pointers en route to his career scoring high.

"But it wasn't all me. The guys were setting some great screens for me, and the guards delivered the ball right on the money. …

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