By Greg Perkins
Playing in the 3A North Tournament held last Thursday through Saturday in Chinle, Holbrook’s Roadrunners picked up just one win against two losses, with one game played each day.
The Roadrunners opened the tournament on Thursday against Tuba City.
Andon Hatch scored half of his 18 points on three treys in the opening period, keeping the Birds on pace with the hot shooting Warriors. Both teams cooled a bit in the second, leaving the Warriors with a six-point halftime lead.
Kyle Chee netted 10 of his game high 24 points in the third, but Holbrook’s defense failed to keep Tuba City from matching the Roadrunner output and the Warriors’ six-point lead was maintained. In the fourth Marlin Martin netted nine, but Holbrook was only able to trim three points off the Warrior lead before losing the game 69-66.
Chee led Holbrook’s offense with 24 points, followed by Hatch with 18; Martin, 17; Miireaux Begaii, 6; and Abrian Dickson, 1.
On Friday the Roadrunners met up with Page, a team they will see again in the regular season on Jan. 11.
Hatch paced Holbrook with eight points in the first period, helping the Birds gain a one-point edge. A low scoring period from both teams left Holbrook on top at the half 26-21.
The Roadrunners really struggled in the third, hitting just two buckets, although one was a three-point shot from Casey Nelson. Page took advantage, netting 13 to overtake the Birds by three heading into the final eight minutes. In the fourth Holbrook hit three treys, but had to send Page to the free throw line, where the Sand Devils made 13 of 13 attempts to win the game 54-46.
Hatch led Holbrook with 12 points, followed by Begaii and Tristan Zahne with 8 each; Nelson, 5 Martin and Dickson, 4 each; Chee, 3; and Sylas Cheverillo, 2.
Page made 18 of 21 free throws in the win.
The Roadrunners’ final game of the tournament came on Saturday, and they picked up an easy 63-28 win over Ganado.
With only eight players dressed to play, Holbrook still jumped out to a 21-2 first period lead. Dickson led Holbrook in the period with 10 points. The Birds closed the game like they started it, outscoring the Hornets 12-2 in the fourth to come home with the win and push their season mark to 8-7 overall.
Dickson led the team with 22 points, followed by Hatch with 11; Martin, 9; Zahne, 8; Begaii, 6; Nelson, 3; and Kendrick Nez and Cheverillo, 2 each. Holbrook shot the ball well from the perimeter, finishing the game with 13 three-pointers, including six by Dickson.
The Roadrunners will have three games in their first week back from the holiday break. They host Snowflake on Tuesday, Jan. 7, travel to Eagar on Jan. 9 to face Round Valley then journey up to Page on Jan. 11. From this point in the season all games count toward the power point ranking for state seeding.
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By Greg Perkins