By Greg Perkins–
Holbrook returned from the Christmas break to their home floor hosting Blue Ridge and Winslow last week and earned victories over both squads.
Playing without normal starters Jalen Jackson and Torrian Epps against the Yellowjackets on Thursday, the Roadrunners turned to senior guard Rashaun Baldwin, who came through with a 27-point performance. Baldwin started slow with just four free throws in the first period, but a 20-point second half guided Holbrook to its 17th win of the season with a 57-51 final outcome.
Holbrook led by just two at the half, but Baldwin’s 12 points in the third widened the edge to six points. Once they matched the Jackets in the fourth, the Roadrunners came away with the win.
Along with Baldwin’s 27 points, Dakota Lester added 9, Bryson Keoni, 7, Ryan Baldonado, 5, Kyle Chee, Sheldon Silversmith, Jimrail Manygoats, and Frank Martin, 2 each, and Seth Hadley, 1.
Holbrook connected on a pair of three-point shots, both by Lester. The Birds converted 11 of 19 free throws.
Blue Ridge countered with three treys, and made 10 of 17 free throw attempts.
Blue Ridge 9 16 11 15 51
Holbrook 12 15 15 15 57
Hosting Winslow in front of a capacity crowd on Saturday night, the Roadrunners played stingy defense in the fourth, holding the visiting Bulldogs to just two points to come away with a 59-50 win.
Winslow came out quick with Tremayne Nez scoring eight first period points, helping his team hold an 18-12 advantage after eight minutes. Epps paced Holbrook with 7. In the second, Holbrook used the hot shooting hand of Lester, who nailed three long bombs, giving the Birds a two-point cushion at the half. Holbrook pushed that lead to five with Jackson scoring nine in the third, then both teams struggled to score in the fourth, leaving Holbrook on top 59-50.
Jackson led Holbrook with 16 points. Epps added 13, Lester, 12, Keoni, 10, Baldwin, 4, and Hadley and Silversmith, 2.
Winslow’s Tyler Williams led all scoring with 23 points. Nez added 11, Michael Goldtooth, 5, Josh Danny, 4, Lukas Shirley, Vittorio Sells and Vincenzio Sells, 2, and Brennan James, 1.
Winslow 18 13 17 2 50
Holbrook 13 20 20 6 59
Holbrook moves to 18-1 on the season. After hosting Joseph City on Tuesday, the Roadrunners will travel to Window Rock on Thursday, Jan. 12, and be back on the road at Valley Sanders the following night.