Mariners’ Men’s Basketball finished the 2018 season on a high note. While their record might not suggest a successful campaign, the way they finished out their year was certainly positive. College of Marin earned just three wins during the season, but had a multitude of extremely close games against very talented opposition.
This Mariners’ team featured just two sophomores, but the youth shined through in the second half of the year as freshman, Joey Potts, Garrick Sherrod, and Eric Mireri all made huge strides throughout the season.
The heart of the team was sophomore Derek Morgan who led the team in scoring with 18.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game and earned a spot on the Bay Valley All Conference 1st Team. He had 16 double doubles on the season and was an integral part of the team’s offense and defense throughout the year.
Guard Eric Mireri was the team’s second leading scorer and a definite shooting bright spot for the Mariners during the season. The freshman averaged 14.4 points per game while making an average of 1.8 three pointers per game. He led the team by a wide margin with 43 made triples on the season.
Garrick Sherrod was another on the list of impressive freshman Mariners. He started at point guard for 16 of Marin’s 24 games on the season and was the third leading scorer on the team with 11.3 points per game. He led the team in shooting from distance at 32.1 percent and free throws at 80 percent.
Joey Potts had an excellent first year ended prematurely with a broken wrist in the penultimate game of the year. Despite the injury, he excelled in conference play and became a defensive force in the paint. Potts led the team with 1.7 blocks per game and had six games with three or more blocks. He recorded seven in a tough loss to Los Medanos College.
The Mariners final record was just 3-21, but the number of close losses during the season were great in number. The team had 11 losses by single digits including a pair of overtime losses in conference play. Their best triumph of the season was against Merritt College on January 19th where they rallied to force overtime and earned the victory 90-84. The Mariners had across the board contributions as seven players scored six or more points.
2017-2018 was a year of growth for Marin, and given the track they are on, 2018-2019 will be even more fruitful.