By Greg Perkins
Playing in front of a raucous crowd Tuesday night in Holbrook, the Roadrunners came up short against rival Winslow by a final of 55-49.
Kyle Chee’s eight first period points, including two treys, helped Holbrook keep pace with the Bulldogs, who got five from Millard Thomas in the frame.
Holbrook edged out to a six-point halftime lead as hard work on the defensive end limited the visitors to just seven second period points. Andon Hatch hit two of his four three-point shots in the second to lead the Birds.
Both teams played hard in the third quarter as Winslow chiseled one point off Holbrook’s lead. Two more threes from Hatch and three points from Marlin Martin allowed Holbrook to take a five-point lead to the final stanza.
Winslow quickly made up the margin early in the forth and from that point on the lead changed hands several times before the Bulldogs converted two late Holbrook turnovers into points. Keenan Keams hit four straight free throws in the fourth to seal the six-point win for the Bulldogs.
Holbrook was led in scoring by Hatch with 15 points and Chee added 12. Dontae Hollins returned to action after time off with an injury and netted 7 points. Martin added 6; Marcel Young, 4; Triston Zahne, 3; and Abrian Dickson, 2.
The Roadrunners made four of nine charity tosses and hit seven shots from behind the arc.
Winslow was led by Thomas with 13, followed by Keams with 12; Demetrius Gamez 10; Trelonnie Sanders 7; Frank Kelly 6; Stevin Nelson 3; and Akkeem Foster and Austin Maddox, 2 each.
The Bulldogs hit eight of 10 free throws and made five three point field goals.
With the loss Holbrook falls to an even season mark of 5-5. After playing at Valley Sanders on Saturday, Dec. 14, the Roadrunners will have nearly a week off to prepare for their final home game prior to the Christmas break when they host Ganado on Friday, Dec. 20.
By Greg Perkins