By Greg Perkins
Needing wins to reach the post-season, the Roadrunners did their best to pick up a pair over the weekend, but fell in overtime at Snowflake on Friday. On Saturday they took care of their home floor with a well played win over Joseph City.
Facing the Lobos, Holbrook played well throughout the game, holding a one-point lead heading to the fourth. Three-point shots from Dontae Hollins and Andon Hatch in the fourth helped the Roadrunners force overtime. In the extra session the Lobos jumped out early, but more outside shots from Marlin Martin and Hollins, cut the lead to one with under a minute left. The Lobos avoided a Holbrook foul in the closing sec-onds and scored a layup to secure a hard fought, 57-54 win.
Martin led Holbrook with 15 points. Hatch and Hollins both hit for 10, Kyle Chee added 8, Sheldon Sil-versmith, 6, Brandon Bitsui, 4, and Robert Nelson, 1.
Holbrook made 11 of its 12 free throw attempts.
On Saturday night, the Roadrunners picked up a much needed 68-49 win over Joseph City.
Silversmith and Hatch combined for 12 first period points, helping to offset nine from Wildcat Jacob Fields to give the Birds a five-point margin. Another 12 from Silversmith and Hatch in the second increased the margin to a dozen at the half. The Roadrunners won both the third and fourth periods to claim just their third power point victory and 10th win overall.
Hatch led the team in scoring with 18 points. Chee and Silversmith both netted 14, Hollins had 10, Bryan Tisi, 5, Martin, 4, Bitsui, 3, Nelson, 2, and Nathan Turley scored 1 after having been out for a while recover-ing from an injury.
Fields led all scorers in the game with 29 points in another outstanding effort for the Wildcats. Wyatt John-son finished with 11, Cody Davis, 4, Daniel Hutchens and Jaden Parra, 2 each, and Chance Rush, 1.
The Roadrunners need to win all three home games this week plus get some outside help to have a chance to extend their season to the state tournament. They have been playing well of late, but they were slated to host St. Johns on Tuesday, Winslow tonight (Jan. 30) and close out the regular season hosting Chinle on Fri-day, Feb. 1. All three teams coming to Muñoz Gym have previous wins over the Roadrunners this year.
Holbrook headed into Tuesday’s matchup with an overall mark of 10-18 and was 3-12 in power point con-tests.
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By Greg Perkins