Mariners' Basketball opened the season on a high note with a solid victory over the Skyline College Trojans on Saturday 75-67. A defensive first half gave way to a free flowing second period that produced a number of remarkable plays and performances by the Mariners. College of Marin led by as many as 14 in the second half, but the Trojans produced a spirited comeback that was ultimately thwarted by the Mariners. Sophomore Eric Mireri led all scorers with 22 points, while Joey Potts was tremendous down low with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks.
The first eight minutes of the game were fairly even as both teams struggled to score. Marin led 13-11 before Freshman Jalen Chandler picked off a pass at half court and finished with an emphatic two hand jam to energize the gym. Despite the high energy play, Skyline maintained contact as Marin led just 20-18 with 7:20 left in the first half. Mireri sparked a quick 9-0 run to put Marin up double digits, but Skyline scored four before the half to cut the Mariners lead to 29-22 after 20 minutes of competition. Mireri and Potts each had eight points at halftime for Marin.
The second half saw the offense open up for Marin who led 44-33 with 13:40 left on the clock before Mireri made his fourth three pointer of the game to give Marin a 47-33 advantage. It proved to be a game of runs as Skyline subsequently called timeout, and reeled off 13 straight points to bring the score to 47-46.
The Mariners responded in kind to lead 57-48, highlighted by a Chandler three pointer and a transition layup by Potts. The visitors were not easily stymied as they rallied within a single possession at 62-59 Marin with just over four minutes left in the game.
The Mariners defense turned in a fine stretch to finish the game as they shut down their opponents with an aggressive defense. Zamaria Odom made a twisting reverse layup with 50 seconds on the clock to put Marin up seven and Skyline was forced to play the foul game. College of Marin made their free throws down the stretch to grab the victory 75-67.
Mireri led the way for the Mariners with 22 points including six made threes. He added five rebounds, six assists, a steal and block on the day. Potts was an impressive shot blocker in the middle as he recorded a career high seven blocks, currently the highest single game performance in the state. Chandler had 13 points of the bench for Marin including a pair of made three pointers. Marin lived from outside as made 12 three pointers in the game. Masie Mohammadi paced Skyline with 20 points.
Next up for the Mariners are a pair of road games at Columbia College, against the host school on Saturday, November 10th and against West Hills College on Sunday, November 11th.