By Greg Perkins–
Playing host to an overmatched Joseph City team Tuesday evening, the Roadrunners jumped on top quickly and doubled up the Wildcats 84-42.
Dakota Lester hit a three-point bomb and Rashaun Baldwin’s assist off the backboard to Jalen Jackson for a dunk put the Birds on top 5-0 and they never looked back. Playing relaxed with the early lead, the Birds cruised to a 41-18 halftime lead.
In the third period, Torrian Epps and Jalen Jackson combined for 20 of Holbrook’s 31-point output as the gap grew wider. Jacob Fields was a bright spot for the Cats, scoring eight of his team high 16 in the third period.
Ryan Baldonado knocked down a pair of three-point shots in the fourth, much to the delight of the home crowd, as Holbrook pushed its season mark to 20-1.
“We played relaxed and really played well. Now the guys need to understand that they need to play relaxed more often, even when the games are tighter, and we will play better,” said Coach Raul Mendoza.
Jackson led the team in scoring with 19 points. Sheldon Silversmith added 16, Epps, 14, Baldonado, 8, Dakota Lester, 6, Seth Hadley, Kyle Chee and Frank Martin, 4 each, Baldwin, 3, and Bryson Keoni, Jimrail Manygoats and Brandon Bitsui, 2 each. Holbrook nailed nine three-point shots and went five for six at the charity stripe.
The Wildcats were led by Fields with 16 points. Wyatt Bain added 10. The Cats made one shot from behind the arc and went 13 for 24 at the free throw line.
Joseph City 3 15 13 11 42
Holbrook 23 18 31 12 84
After a big match-up for the Roadrunners at Window Rock on Thursday night, they will play in Valley Sanders tonight (Jan. 13).
The Wildcats are now 7-8 on the season. They will be at home this weekend for a pair of games against Cibeque tonight and Mogollon on Saturday.
Photo by Kellie Spangler/spanglerpics.com
Bryson Keoni goes up for two in Holbrook’s contest with Winslow last Saturday night. The Roadrunners won that contest 59-50 and defeated Joseph City Tuesday night, 84-42.