By Greg Perkins
Hosting Chinle in their home opener, the Roadrunners came out on the wrong end of the final score in an offensive showdown. The Wildcats scorched the nets for 92 points in an 11-point victory over the Birds.
Chinle came out on fire dropping in 30 first period points. Holbrook also played well, nearly matching that total with a 24-point outburst. Andon Hatch scored seven of his team high 26 points and Marlin Martin netted six in the quarter.
Both teams cooled a little in the second quarter, but the Wildcats still padded their lead, taking a nine-point advantage into the break. Hatch and Triston Zahne each connected from distance in the quarter.
The third period swayed in Holbrook’s favor as the Roadrunners trimmed three points off the Chinle lead. Hatch went five for five from the line and Marcel Young netted three buckets to help Holbrook keep pace.
In the final period Martin scored 10 of his 18 points and Hatch continued his solid form from the line, but Holbrook couldn’t close the gap any further, eventually taking the 92-81 loss.
Hatch led Holbrook with 26 points. Martin added 18, followed by Young with 9; Miireux Begaii, 8; Kyle Chee, 6; Abrian Dickson and Zahne, 5 each; and Kelsey Foster and Casey Nelson, 2 each.
Holbrook shot extremely well from the free throw line connecting on 25 of 28 attempts. The Birds made six three-point shots as well.
The Wildcats were led by Ty-Martin Francisco with a game high 28 points. Wyatt Tuni added 23, followed by Jimican Ranger with 15; Kevin Yazzie, 12; Sooner Brady, 9; and Frederick Nez, 3.
Chinle went 19 for 26 at the line and connected on seven shots from behind the arc.
With the loss the Roadrunners even their season mark at 3-3. After playing in the Chinle Tournament this weekend, they will host Winslow on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
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By Greg Perkins