By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners drew a split against Tuba City and Valley Sanders on Thursday and Friday of last week.
Playing at Tuba City on Thursday after a long road trip, the Holbrook squad netted just three field goals in the first, third and fourth periods, which wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Warriors, who took the game 47-36.
Marlin Martin had success shooting the ball from behind the arc, making four three-point field goals to finish with 13 points as the only Holbrook player to score in double figures. Abrian Dickson, and Kyle Chee each finished with 5; Andon Hatch and Dontae Hollins, 4 each; Casey Nelson, 3; and Sylas Chevarillo, 2.
Despite not scoring well the Roadrunners did play well on defense, which kept them in the game through three periods. Holbrook forged a 22-22 tie at the half, then trailed by five heading into the fourth. Their six fourth quarter points weren’t enough to catch the hosting Warriors.
As cold as the Roadrunners were in Thursday’s loss, they more than made up for it on Saturday at Muñoz Gym.
They canned 13 three-point field goals led by Nelson, who found the mark on seven of those. The Birds seemed to make everything they tossed up against the Pirates’ porous defense to lead by 13 points after one and by 30 at the half. Nelson hit three of his seven long range shots in the third, helping the Birds to an easy 76-38 win.
Nelson finished with a career high 23 points. Hatch added 14; Dickson and Hollins, 7 each; Kelsey Foster, 6; Martin and Miireux Begaii, 5 each; Chevarillo, 4; Chee and Marcel Young, 2 each; and Dendrick Jones, 1.
Holbrook made seven of 10 free throws.
With the split the Roadrunners moved their overall record to 14-12 and 8-7 in power point contests, ranking them 18th as they headed into the final week of the regular season. After playing at Snowflake on Tuesday, they will host Alchesay in the regular season finale on Friday night, Feb. 7. Seniors Kendrick Nez, Andon Hatch, Kyle Chee, Dontae Hollins, Triston Zahne, Dendrick Jones and Casey Nelson will be recognized prior to the game. If they finish ranked in the top four of the sectional standings, they will play in the section tournament next week. Either way, if they remain in the top 24 of the overall standings they will qualify for the Division III state tournament, which gets underway in two weeks.
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By Greg Perkins