By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners came home with the consolation trophy from the Coca-Cola Classic held in Chinle over the weekend after dropping the first game, then winning their final two.
Playing just one game each day beginning on Thursday, Holbrook fell behind Piñon early in the opening quarter of the first game, getting outscored by six points. The Birds played better in the second quarter, but trailed by eight at the half. That margin held up throughout the second half as Piñon sent Holbrook to the consolation side of the bracket with a 57-49 loss.
Andon Hatch kept Holbrook in touch in the first with a pair of three-point shots. Marlin Martin netted six in the second period, with Marcel Young adding four. Abrian Dickson connected three times from distance in the third, and Hatch added two more treys in the fourth. Holbrook shot just one free throw in the game, with Martin making it. Hatch led Holbrook in scoring with 12; followed by Dickson with 11; Martin and Kyle Chee, 8 each; Miireux Begaii and Young, 4 each; and Kelsey Foster, 2.
Friday’s game against Window Rock was close through the first period, but 22 second quarter points led by two three-pointers from Hatch gave the Roadrunners a working margin, which staked them to a 58-46 win over the Scouts. Holbrook stepped up on the defensive end of the court, holding Window Rock to single digits in the third and only 12 more in the fourth to secure the 12-point win. Hatch again led Holbrook in scoring with 15 points. Chee added 13; Martin, 8; Triston Zahne, 7; Young, 6; Begaii, 4; Dickson, 3; and Foster, 2.
In the consolation game Holbrook easily downed Valley Sanders, defeating the Pirates 68-48. Another big second quarter performance gave the Birds a 14-point halftime lead. They added to their edge in both the third and fourth quarters to get their fifth win of the season against four losses. Chee led Holbrook in scoring with 15 points, followed by Dickson and Zahne with 11 each; Hatch, 9; Martin, 8; Young and Begaii, 6 each; and Foster, 2.
After hosting Winslow on Tuesday, the Roadrunners will travel to Valley Sanders on Saturday, Dec. 14. Following that game they will have nearly a week off to prepare for a home match up with Ganado on Friday, Dec. 20.
By Greg Perkins