By Greg Perkins
The Holbrook Roadrunners won’t be heading to the state basketball tournament this year, as their season came to a close after losses in their final two games of the year.
Hosting Winslow last Wednesday, the Birds stayed even with the Bulldogs through the first period and pulled ahead by four after a solid second quarter performance.
Winslow chipped away at the lead in the third, then Michael Goldtooth took over in the fourth for the Bulldogs, scoring 12 of his game high 30 points as Winslow held Holbrook to just three field goals in the final eight minutes to win the game 55-45.
Marlin Martin led the Birds in scoring with 17 points. Andon Hatch added 8 with two treys. Sheldon Sil-versmith hit for 7, Dontae Hollins and Brandon Bitsui, 4 each, Kyle Chee, 3, and Triston Zahne, 2. The Road-runners made six three-point shots and went seven for eight at the line.
Winslow was led by Goldtooth with 30 points, including a 10 of 11 performance at the free throw line. Stevin Nelson added 15, and Demetrius Gamez, Lukas Shirley, Akeem Foster and Timmy Little, 2 each. The Bulldogs made four three-point shots and went 17 for 23 at the line.
Winslow 9 14 13 19 55
Holbrook 9 18 11 7 45
Hosting Chinle in their final game of the year last Friday night the Roadrunners fell 78-57 to the second ranked Wildcats.
Chinle built a seven-point lead through the first quarter and increased that margin to eight at the half. In the third the Wildcats caught fire from the outside, hitting six treys en route to a 27-point period and a com-manding 21-point lead heading into the fourth. Holbrook matched the visitors in the final period, but took the loss, ending their season with an overall record of 11-20.
Silversmith led Holbrook in his final game as a Roadrunner, netting 16 points. Chee added 11, Hatch, 10, Nathan Turley, 7, Martin, Hollins and Zahne, 3 each, and Mirreux Begaii and Bryan Tisi, 2 each. Holbrook made six three-point shots and went 11 for 14 at the line.
Chinle was led by Kevin Yazzie with 20 points. The Wildcats went 10 for 12 at the line and connected on eight shots from behind the arc.
By Greg Perkins