By Greg Perkins –
The Roadrunners added three more wins to their impressive 24-2 record with home court victories over Alchesay, Valley and Chinle last week.
Hosting the Alchesay Falcons on Wednesday in a game that was originally scheduled to be played prior to the Christmas break, Holbrook got nine first period points from Torrian Epps to build an eight-point lead. Dakota Lester hit four of his six three-point shots in the third period to help the Birds extend their lead to 10 points heading to the final eight minutes.
The Falcons won the battle in the final eight minutes, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Roadrunners, who stayed in front to pick up the 67-60 win.
Lester and Epps led Holbrook with 20 points each. Bryson Keoni added 14; Jalen Jackson, 9; and Seth Hadley and Sheldon Silversmith, 2 each. Holbrook made eight three-point shots and converted 11 of 17 free throw attempts.
The Falcons were led by Kyrel Lupe and Joel Cosay with 16 points each. They hit three from distance and made good on 15 of 21 charity tosses.
Alchesay 14 12 17 17 60
Holbrook 22 9 22 14 67
Valley Sanders came to town on Friday and left with an 81-40 loss to the Birds. Holbrook doubled up the Pirates in the first quarter, then outscored them by 30 points in the second half to get the big win.
Eleven players scored for Holbrook led by Lester who hit six three-point shots for 18 points. Jackson added 15; Epps, 10; Rashaun Baldwin and Kyle Chee, 8 each; Keoni and Silversmith, 6 each; Frank Martin, 4; and Jimrail Manygoats, Brandon Bitsui and Ryan Baldonado, 2 each. Holbrook made 11 three-point shots and went 10 for 18 at the free throw line.
Valley was led by Corey Quigley with 11. Arlyson Chapo added 10. The Pirates hit just one three-point shot and made only one of their five free throw attempts.
Valley 11 14 9 6 40
Holbrook 22 14 21 24 81
On Saturday another large crowd filled Muñoz Gym as the Chinle Wildcats brought their huge following to town. Both teams played tough early, ending the first eight minutes knotted at 16-16. Despite 10 points from Jackson in the second, the Wildcats still trailed by just three at the break. In the second half Holbrook started to pull away. Epps netted 10 points in the frame and Jackson helped with six. Lester nailed four of his seven three-point shots in the fourth quarter and the Birds’ defense kept Chinle in single digits, allowing them to cruise to the 76-57 home court win.
Jackson led the Roadrunners with 24. Lester added 21; Epps, 20; Silversmith, 5; Keoni, 3; and Baldwin, 2. Holbrook made 10 three-point shots and went four for seven at the line.
Chinle was led by Jalen Claw with 13, Searle Tracy added 12 and Kevin Yazzie scored 11. The Wildcats made six three’s and went seven for nine at the free throw line.
Chinle 16 21 11 9 57
Holbrook 16 24 19 17 76
After playing the battle of I-40 in Winslow on Tuesday, the Roadrunners will host a good Snowflake team on Friday, Jan. 27, then make the short trip to Joseph City on Saturday. Next week Holbrook will host St. Johns on Senior Night on Tuesday, then wrap up the regular season on Friday at Chinle.