By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners moved their winning streak to four games with big home court wins over Blue Ridge last Wednesday and Show Low on Friday. Saturday’s road trip to Chinle brought an end to that streak as the Birds played well, but fell to the highly ranked Wildcats.
Holbrook played solid defense through the first eight minutes of the Blue Ridge game, holding the Yellowjackets to only two points while building a nine-point lead. The Roadrunners’ defense was strong again in the second, helping them to a 24-7 halftime lead. Blue Ridge never threatened in the second half, giving Holbrook a 45-31 win.
Marcel Young led a balanced Holbrook offense with 9 points. Andon Hatch and Dontae Hollins added 8 each; Marlin Martin and Miireux Begaii, 7 each; and Kyle Chee, 6.
On Friday night Holbrook again played well, building up a nine-point lead over Show Low heading into the final period. The Cougars used their size advantage to storm back and tie the game at 56-56 with nine seconds left on the clock. Holbrook inbounded the ball and Chee’s successful drive to the basket with about four seconds left gave Holbrook the two-point edge. Show Low rimmed out a desperation three at the end, leaving the Roadrunners with a 58-56 home court win.
Chee led the team in scoring with 14 points. Martin added 13; Abrian Dickson, 10; Hatch, 9; Young, 6; Hollins, 4; and Begaii, 2.
Holbrook stayed in the game by making nine three-point shots against the taller Cougars.
Facing the top ranked Wildcats in Chinle on Saturday, the Roadrunners again played well. They trailed by just two after one quarter and by only one point at the half. Holbrook forged a 42-42 tied heading into the fourth. A steal and dunk by Chinle’s Wyatt Tuni with under two minutes left in the game gave the Wildcats a huge momentum burst and seemed to take the wind out of Holbrook’s sails. Chinle went on to outscore Holbrook by five in the final period, winning the game 60-55.
Chee led with 13 points, followed by Hatch with 12; Young, 11; Martin, 9; Dickson and Hollins, 4 each; and Zahne, 2.
The Roadrunners headed into Tuesday’s match-up with rival Winslow with an overall mark of 13-10. Their power point record was 8-4, holding them in 17th position, just one place behind Winslow. On Thursday, Jan. 30, they will travel to Tuba City, then host Valley Sanders on Saturday, Feb. 1.
By Greg Perkins