College of Marin Basketball knows how to fight, but winning is not coming as easily as they would like. The Mariners traveled to Folsom to take on the Folsom Lake Falcons on Tuesday evening and fell by a final score of 101-83. The game was close throughout the first half, but Marin went cold and Folsom Lake got hot in the latter stages of the second half to contribute to the final wide margin. Zamaria Odom and Joey Potts each had excellent nights offensively for the Mariners with 26 and 22 points respectively.
The Mariners shook off rust early to deliver an excellent offensive first half against the Falcons. Marin scored 42 in the first half and trailed the Folsom Lake Falcons by a deuce 44-42 after 20 minutes of competition. Jalen Chandler scored six first half points, Odom had 10 and Potts 12. Falcon's guard Matt Lyon led the way with 16 points coming from three made threes and a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line.
Fouls and free throws proved to be decisive in the second half as the Falcons continuously extended their first half lead, first to double digits, and then to nearly 20 by the end of the game. Marin's shooting waned and Folsom Lake got hot as the game slipped away down the stretch. Potts added 10 more in the second half and Odom had 16 more. RJ Cutkelvin had a nice second half with eight points as well.
Marin shot 10 free throws in the first half, while Folsom took 13 in the same span. The second half however had a cavernous divide. Marin shot five free throws while Folsom Lake attempted 26 in the second half. In the game Marin made 80% at 12-15 while Folsom Lake was just shy of 90% with 35-39 made.
Potts totaled season high 22 points, with nine rebounds and three blocks in the game, while Odom had a career high 26 points and added eight rebounds and three assists in the game. Cutkelvin had 11 points and three made three pointers in his first start of the season.
Folsom Lake had six players in double figures led by Lyon who had 28 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Marin has a few days to prepare for the Foothill College Tournament which begins Friday, December 7th. They open the tournament with Fullerton College and will play either Butte or Reedley College on the second day of the tournament.