By Greg Perkins
Needing to win the majority of their remaining games to reach the post season, the Roadrunner’s chances took a hit this past weekend as the Birds dropped games to Valley on Friday and Chinle on Saturday.
Playing in Sanders on Friday night the Roadrunners were hoping to avenge a home court overtime loss to the Valley Pirates a week earlier. The Pirates had different ideas, though, and opened up a 17-4 first period advantage. Dontae Hollins began to find the range in the second with seven points, keeping Holbrook within 10 points at the half.
In the third quarter Valley pushed its lead to 17 points and Holbrook was never able to threaten in the fourth stanza of a 68-53 loss.
Sheldon Silversmith led the Birds with 13 points, including 11 in the fourth period. Hollins finished with 9, Miireux Begaii, 8, Andon Hatch, 6, Marlin Martin, Triston Zahne and Kyle Chee, 5 each, and Brandon Bitsui, 2.
Holbrook went to the line just six times, making two attempts, and made five three-point shots.
Traveling to the Wildcat Den in Chinle on Saturday the Roadrunners played better and battled hard in a close game before the Wildcats scored easy buckets in the final seconds to win 72-59 in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.
Six players scored for Holbrook in the first period as they trailed by four heading to the second. Martin netted six in the second along with Sheldon Silversmith’s four to pull Holbrook even at the half. Silversmith added eight more in the third, but the Birds fell behind by six. In the final quarter, after keeping the game close until the final minute the Roadrunners gave up several points for their fourth consecutive loss.
Martin led the Birds in scoring with 17 points. Silversmith added 14, Hatch, 11, Chee, 7, Hollins and Bit-sui, 4 each, and Begaii, 2.
Holbrook went to the line four times, making all four attempts. From behind the arc the Birds connected on five shots, led by Hatch with three.
The losses hurt the Roadrunners’ chances of reaching the post-season with only five games left in the regular season. Holbrook most likely will need to win all five contests to have a chance to climb into the top 24 in power point standings. Overall, the Roadrunners headed into this week’s three-game schedule with a record of 9-17. They were 2-10 in power point matchups.
After hosting Winslow on Tuesday in a big game for both teams, the Roadrunners will travel to Snow-flake on Friday, Jan. 25, then host Joseph City on Saturday, Jan. 26.
By Greg Perkins