A high scoring first half gave way to a defense battle down the stretch and in the end the Mariners fell by a single possession 84-81 to the De Anza College Dons on Sunday. The game was the consolation final of the Foothill College Tournament and the third such game in as many days for College of Marin Basketball. Eric Mireri's 20 points was tops amongst four double digit Marin scorers but it was not enough to push past the Dons.
The first half was very free flowing as the Mariners and Dons scored practically at will. Marin shot well from the floor and made five three pointers, but De Anza bested the Mariners with nine from distance. Marin's Christopher Kress found his groove at the Foothill Tournament and made three triples in the first half. Zamaria Odom bounced back after consecutive tough games to score 13 first half points to pace the Mariners.
De Anza utilized a balanced attack to register 53 first half points. Dominic Simpkins led all scorers in the first half with 16 points, including four from deep. Darien Davis was close behind with 14 in the first half and Ajay Singh added nine of his own as De Anza led 53-44 at halftime.
The shots did not fall with regularity in the second half as Marin's defense tightened and with it the score as well. The Mariners outplayed the Don's down the stretch, but in the end, they could not overcome their opponents and fell by a single possession 84-81. Mireri carried Marin to 37 second half points with 13 of his own including three made three pointers. Potts had nine of his own and Odom added five more as Marin topped out at 81 points in the game. De Anza was limited to 31 in the second half, 10 by Singh and eight by Collin Hill, just enough to edge out the Mariners.
Mireri led the Mariners with 20 points and four made three pointers, Odom had 18 and Potts 14. De Anza had all 84 points from their starters who each tallied double digits led by Simpkins with 22, while Singh and Davis each had 19.
The loss dropped Marin's record to 3-7 overall, while De Anza improved to 6-5. Marin has as a chance for vengeance as they host the Dons on Saturday, December 15th at 5:30pm.