College of Marin Basketball avenged their recent lost to De Anza College with a double-digit victory in Saturday's home rematch. Marin fell to De Anza 84-81 on December 9th at Foothill College, but did not allow history to repeat itself. The Mariners took control of the game in the first half and fended off a few rallies by the Dons to earn a 76-65 win in Kentfield. It was truly a team effort as the Mariners got big contributions from Malik Ghiden, Zamaria Odom, Eric Mireri and Joey Potts amongst others.
Both teams struggled to shoot from the opening tip, but the size advantage of Marin gave them the early lead courtesy of the offensive glass. Potts and Alfonso Murrie each feasted inside on the Dons defenders. Marin also did an excellent job of game planning running a series of high pick and rolls that opened up back door opportunities for a number of uncontested layups. 10 minutes in the Mariners led De Anza 18-12. Marin extended their lead through final minutes of the first half and led 33-24 at halftime over the De Anza Dons.
Marin opened the second half pounding the offensive glass and limiting quality shots for the opposition. The Mariners maintained a 42-35 lead five minutes into the second half before the Dons mounted a rally. They began hitting from distance and cut the Mariners' lead to 46-44 with 13:39 left on the clock. The Mariners displayed a bend but not break mentality as Mireri and Ghiden each hit big threes to keep the Marin on top.
The Dons cut the lead to one at 60-59 before a non-call by the officials drew the ire of the De Anza coach earning him technical. Odom nailed both of his free throws to put Marin up 62-59 and Mireri followed with a three pointer to double the Marin advantage to six. He hit another with under two minutes remaining as Marin led by nine. De Anza attempted to rally, but Marin excellent ball movement wound the clock down as De Anza struggled to foul to stop the clock. Ghiden put the nail in the coffin with a backdoor layup and Marin took the victory 76-65.
Odom had a double double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Mireri had 11 points and nine assists. Joey Potts excellent with 15 points inside and Malik Ghiden had 16 points off the bench for Marin. De Anza was paced by Darien Davis who had 15 on the night.
Marin finished their non-conference slate with a 4-7 record, already surpassing their win total of three from a season ago. The Mariners open conference play on Friday, December 21st at home against Mendocino College at 6pm.