By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners played hard, overcoming a double-digit halftime deficit, but couldn’t quite get over the hump last Friday night against Valley Christian 57-51 in the second round of the state tournament.
Ninth seeded Holbrook advanced with a thrilling overtime win against Monument Valley on Tuesday, but had to match up with an eighth seeded Trojans team which was ranked first or second in the state for most of the regular season, but lost in the sectional tournament championship to drop to the eighth seed.
Holbrook played well early, building a 16-13 lead through the first eight minutes behind five points from Sylas Chevarillo. The second quarter was Holbrook’s downfall. The Roadrunners managed only one field goal from Marcel Young and a free throw by Quinlan Keoni, which left them trailing 30-19 at the half. In the third Abrian Dickson nailed a couple of treys and Holbrook rallied to trim the margin to six points with eight minutes to play. In the fourth the Roadrunners cut the lead to 50-47 with just under four minutes remaining, but that was as close as they would get.
Chevarillo lead Holbrook’s offense with 13 points. Dickson added 12; Young, 8; Marlin Martin, 6; Nathan Johnson, 4; Alec Smith, 3; Benson Davis and Miireux Begaii 2 each; and Keoni, 1.
Holbrook made six three-point shots and went five for 12 at the line. Valley Christian netted five treys and went eight for 11 at the charity stripe.
The Roadrunners concluded their season with an overall record of 24-10 under first year head Coach Delmar Johnson, marking the team’s first winning season in two years.