College of Marin bagged their third win of the season on Saturday afternoon at Foothill College with an 86-75 win over the Butte College Roadrunners. The game was a de facto rescheduling of the November 16th game in Oroville that was cancelled due to the Camp Fires. The Mariners trailed by double digits at halftime before staging an impressive rally to take the game by double figures. Eric Mireri and Joey Potts each excelled with 20 plus point plus games to push Marin to victory.
The Butte College Roadrunners jumped out to a sizeable lead thanks in large part to Jamie Ochoa who had 24 points in the first half including five made threes. Marin's offense stalled for most of the first half, but they kept within reach in large part to Joey Potts who dominated in the paint. The Sophomore center only made two first half field goals but went to the line 11 times, making eight for 12 total points. Mireri added eight in the first half while Jaime Banegas chipped in five of his own to make the score 50-39 Butte at halftime.
Marin's offense awoke in the second half with big contributions across the board. Christopher Kress was tremendous with 11 points including three made threes. Potts added eight more points inside, while Mireri had 15 in the second half including three made threes and a perfect four for four from the free throw line. The Marin defense clamped down, limiting Butte's Ochoa to just six points in the second half. and total Butte scored just 25 second half points, 50% of their first half output. Marin had 47 to overcome their double-digit deficit as they took the game 86-75 as the final horn sounded.
It was an excellent character-building game as the Mariners did not despair despite their slow start. It was Marin's first victory since November 11th against West Hills Lemoore.
Mireri led Marin with 23 points, Potts had 20 while Christopher Kress's career high 11 in the second half was a catalyst for the Mariners win. Zamaria Odom had 11 of his own while Banegas registered a career high seven points. Butte was paced by Ochoa's 30, but in the end the Mariner prevailed.
Up next for Marin is the consolation championship of the Foothill College Tournament. The Mariners tip off against De Anza College at 1pm on Sunday.