College of Marin Basketball completed their North Eastern California marathon of two games in under 24 hours on Wednesday at Feather River College. Less than a day after falling to the Lassen College Cougars, the Mariners battled with Golden Valley foe Feather River. Marin led after the first half, but could not hold off the Feather River Eagles in a 72-64 loss.
College of Marin used a balanced approach in the first half to take the lead. Six different Mariners scored five or more points led by Malik Ghiden's eight points. Franco Barefield made his presence known with seven points of his own while Joey Potts, Eric Mireri and Zamaria Odom each scored six in the half. Marin tallied 38 points in the first half, while limiting Feather River to just 33. The Eagles were led by Jordan Garner who had 12 in the opening half.
The roles reversed in the second half of the game as Feather River played stifling defense and stymied the Mariners offense. The Eagles lived at the line in the second half, attempting 26 free throws after just nine in the first half. The Mariners struggled with fouling, committing 28 in the game with both Potts and Mireri fouling out in the final minutes. Marin's offense was slowed considerably as they scored just 26 points while allowing 39 to Feather River. Odom had a pair of three pointers and eight points in the second half with Jalen Chandler chipping in an additional seven. In the end it was not enough to overcome Feather River with the 72-64 final score.
Five Mariners scored in double figures led by Odom's 14. to go with his 12 rebounds. Chandler had 12 points with six boards and two steals in the game while Barefield, Ghiden and Potts all scored 10. Deandre Jones led all scorers with 23 points including 11 made free throws. Garner added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles.
Marin shot just 30 percent from distance and 34 percent from the floor overall. Marin had 27 more field goal attempts than Feather River, but were more than doubled up 35-16 in free throw attempts by the home team.
Marin has 10 days off for recovery and practice before they host Chabot College in Kentfield on Saturday, December 1st.