One of College of Marin's finest basketball triumphs was the dethroning of Yuba College two seasons ago. Yuba, a perennial state powerhouse had won several consecutive Bay Valley Conference titles. While Marin were able to stop the run, Yuba was back on Tuesday, and exacted a minor amount of revenge with their 85-79 victory over the Mariners.
Marin held a slim advantage early the game and a five-point lead at halftime 40-35, but the physicality of the visitors was too much to overcome as Yuba ground down the Marin defense and took a late lead that the Mariners were unable to surmount.
Marin began the well with a number of contributors across the team. Derek Morgan had nine first half points, JT Robinson chipped in seven while Leroy Jackson led the team with 10 in the first half. The ball movement was excellent as the team passed their way to several open jumpers and driving opportunities.
Yuba clamped down in the second half, stifling Marin's unselfish offense. The game plan switched to much more isolation basketball as the Mariner's leading scorer Trevelin Queen, who was held to just six points in the first half, erupted for 17 in the second half. Unfortunately, the scoring was not contagious as the rest of the team managed just 22 points in the final 20 minutes of play. On Yuba's side of the ball it was all about Jihad Woods who scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half.
Queen led Marin with 23 points and added five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Running mate Nylek Cobb had 15 points and seven rebounds while JT Robinson had 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Woods led Yuba with 19 and was one of five players to score double digit points.
Marin has just a single day to prepare before traveling to Contra Costa on Thursday.