Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Yeah, That's The Ticket.(Sports)

Byline: KEN SICKENGER Of the Journal

The heat was stifling in Sandia High School's gymnasium Tuesday night, but the atmosphere was electric.

Roughly 1,500 fans some supporting the Matadors and some backing visiting Rio Grande wedged themselves into the bleachers for the evening's boys District 2-5A showdown.

Tickets were sold out by Tuesday morning, and it's a safe bet more would have been purchased had they been available.

Fans who did get in probably needed a fresh deodorant application by halftime, but they were treated to a terrific prep basketball game.

Rallying from a 16-point, third-quarter deficit, Rio Grande took control of the District 2-5A race with a dramatic 68-62 win. …

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