By Greg Perkins–
It took a last second blocked shot, but Holbrook’s Roadrunners keep their perfect season intact in Snowflake Monday night as they handed the Lobos a one-point loss.
Reggie Peterson of Snowflake and Holbrook’s Jalen Jackson led their teams through an exciting first period, which ended with the home team on top 22-19. In the second, Holbrook gained the upper hand and led by four at the half. Torrian Epps led the Birds with a six-point effort. Chase Walden netted four for Snowflake.
Holbrook’s lead grew through the third quarter with Epps adding eight to his total and Jake Shumway pacing Snowflake with six in the frame.
With Holbrook leading by double digits heading to the fourth, the Lobos made a furious comeback, sparked by three-point shots from Tanner Yellowhair, Rick Shumway and Braccin Tanner. They pulled within a single point when a turnover by Holbrook gave them an opportunity with just a few seconds on the clock. Their in bound play under their own basket worked well, except Jackson blocked the final shot attempt, preserving Holbrook’s 73-72 win.
Jackson led all scorers with 24 points. Epps added 20, Bryson Keoni, 11, Rashaun Baldwin 9, Dakota Lester, 6, and Sheldon Silversmith, 3. All total, Holbrook made seven treys and went 12 for 21 at the free throw line.
Snowflake was led by Jake Shumway with 16. Peterson added 13, Yellowhair, 12, Dallin Merrell, 11, Walden, 9, Dustin Baldwin, 4, and Rick Shumway and Tanner, 3 each. The Lobos drained five three-point shots and converted seven of 12 free throw attempts.
Holbrook 19 16 23 15 73
Snowflake 22 9 17 24 72
Holbrook moved its season mark to 11-0 while the Lobos dropped to 8-3. After hosting Alchesay in their final game before the holiday break, the Roadrunners will play in the White Mountain Holiday Classic beginning Wednesday, Dec. 28, in Lakeside.