By Greg Perkins –
The Roadrunners picked up two road victories at the end of last week by cruising to a 67-27 win over an overmatched Chinle squad, then taking down Monument Valley after a long road trip on Saturday by a final of 72-58.
Playing in the old Community Center in Chinle, Holbrook struggled somewhat in the first period to lead by just five points, but in the second the Birds opened the game up, outscoring the Cats 22-11. Their defense held Chinle to just nine second-half points in the North Region win.
Jalen Jackson led Holbrook with 23 points. Ilacian Johnson added 12, Dakota Lester, 8, Rashaun Baldwin and Torrian Epps, 6 each, Joey Aguilera, 4, and Blake Maestas and Kory Koerperich, 2 each. Holbrook made three triples and went eight for 12 at the charity line.
Holbrook 12 22 20 13 67
Chinle 7 11 2 7 27
On Saturday the Birds made the long journey to Kayenta to face the Mustangs and came back home with a 72-58 win after holding off a late game rally by the host team. The Roadrunners led by seven at the half and extended that cushion to 11 heading into the fourth. Monument Valley made five three-point shots in the second half alone trying to get back into the game, but the Birds still picked up their 21st win of the season against just four losses.
Jackson led with 25, but newcomer Epps showed his prowess as he scored 20. Koerperich added 11, Baldwin, 9, and Johnson, 7. Holbrook made three from distance and went 11 for 20 at the charity stripe.
Holbrook 16 14 18 24 72
MV 10 13 14 21 58
After hosting Winslow on Tuesday night in the first of two meetings between these two teams which should determine the region winner, the Roadrunners will host Window Rock for Senior Night on Thursday, Jan. 27. Next week they wrap up the regular season at Ganado on Tuesday, then play at Winslow on Friday