By Greg Perkins
After not playing at home in nearly three weeks, the Roadrunners finally took the court at Muñoz Gym in Holbrook late last week, but the result was not what they had hoped for or needed to help their post-season chances.
On Thursday, the Birds welcomed in top ranked Window Rock, at least in power point standings, and quickly found themselves trailing by 8 at the close of the first period. In the second things didn’t get much better as Holbrook went to the locker rooms trailing by 14 points. The Scouts kept the pressure on in the third, extending their lead to 21 points. In the fourth Holbrook tried to make a bit of a charge behind some hot shooting from Andon Hatch, who drained five of his six treys in the final quarter, but it was too little too late as the Roadrunners fell 66-57.
Hatch led the Birds in scoring with 18 points. Kyle Chee added 11, Marlin Martin and Miireux Begaii, 6 each, Dontae Hollins, 5, Brandon Bitsui and Triston Zahne, 4 each, Bryan Tisi, 2, and Sheldon Silversmith, 1.
On Friday night Valley Sanders came to Holbrook and left with a hard fought, 74-69 overtime win.
Holbrook jumped out quickly, scoring 20 first period points with six coming from Silversmith. The Birds pushed their lead to six points at the half. Valley came out of the locker room firing, and scored 24 points to overtake the Birds and head into the fourth leading by seven points. Holbrook fought back to tie the game at 63-63 thanks to threepoint shots from Bitsui, Chee and Hatch.
In the overtime session Valley jumped out to a quick 9-0 run to seize control of the game. Hatch hit a pair of late three-point shots to make the score close, but the Pirates won the game by five.
Hatch again led the team in points with 22. Chee and Silversmith both hit for 12, Begaii added 8, Bitsui, 5, Hollins and Robert Nelson, 4 each, and Martin, 2.
With the two losses the Roadrunners fell to 9-15 overall and they head into this week’s action ranked 43rd in power points with a 2-9 mark. If they hope to make the post-season, they need to win the majority of their remaining seven games. After playing Valley at Sanders on Friday, Jan. 18, Holbrook will travel to Chinle for a matchup with a good Wildcat team on Saturday, Jan. 19. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Birds will host Winslow.
By Greg Perkins