By Greg Perkins
Holbrook’s return to the hardwood after the Christmas break didn’t quite go as planned Tuesday night as the Roadrunners fell to visiting Snowflake.
Early on things started well enough for the Birds with Marlin Martin, Andon Hatch and Dontae Hollins each connecting for three-point shots to pace Holbrook to a 17-11 first period advantage.
In the second quarter the Lobos quickly turned the tide in their favor. Holbrook managed only four field goals in the second, netting 10 total points. The Lobos, on the other hand, found their shooting touch, dropping in 27 points in eight minutes to lead by 11 at the half.
Holbrook fared somewhat better in the third period, but four treys by the Lobos, two from Kurt Wood, and one each by Kegan Kay and Dallin Fusselman, were enough for the Lobos to pad their lead by two. In the fourth Snowflake again held the upper hand, pulling away midway through the period to close out a 82-66 road win.
Holbrook’s Kyle Chee led all scorers with 28 points, including 10 of 11 from the charity stripe. Hollins added 13; Hatch, 9; Marcel Young, 8; Martin, 6; and Mirreux Begaii, 2. Holbrook shot the ball well at the line, going 16 for 17, and hit six three-point shots.
Three Snowflake players, Kay, Luke Lewis and Fusselman, finished with 17 points each. Wood added 11; Jordan Gardner, 9; Travis Flake, 8; Rick Shumway, 2; and Everett Lunt, 1. The Lobos made 22 of 27 free throw attempts and hit six shots from distance.
With the loss Holbrook’s overall season mark dropped to 8-8. In power point contests the Birds are now 3-3.
Snowflake improved to 5-0 in power point contests and 13-3 overall.
After taking on the Round Valley Elks on Thursday in Eagar, the Roadrunners will travel to Page on Saturday, Jan. 11. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, they will host the Payson Longhorns.
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By Greg Perkins