College of Marin wasted little time taking a lead Wednesday. Once they did, the game as all but over. All 12 Mariners scored as Marin blasted the visiting College of Alameda Cougars 84-48 in Kentfield. Marin took a commanding 47-23 by halftime and cruised to a victory in the final game of the first half of their Bay Valley Conference schedule.
Marin jumped out to an early lead 19-11, Jalen Chandler had a corner three and a midrange shot for an early five points. Alameda made it only a five-point game with a deep three pointer midway through the half, but the Mariners unleashed a superb defensive and offensive effort for the final ten minutes of the half. They finished on a 28-9 run highlighted by tremendous alley oop by Chandler with 1:17 left in the first half.
Eric Mireri led Marin with 10 first half points, Zamaria Odom and Alfonso Murrie each had eight while Chandler had an impressive seven. Alameda's Washington had eight points in the first half including a pair of three pointers.
Marin extended their lead to 31, five minutes into the second half. They opened on an 11-4 run to take a 58-27 lead. At that point the final score was merely academic as the winner was practically decided. The Mariners used the opportunity to bleed their bench and were rewarded with excellent performances.
Franco Barefield made the most of his chances in the second half, knocking down a three pointer and 3-5 free throws for a six-point second half. Rodwell Cutkelvin had a deep three pointer of his own and two free throws for five points while Jaime Banegas made a pair of very impressive second half drives for four second half points.
By the time the final buzzer sounded the Mariners took the victory 84-48 to better the Mariners record to 5-3 in the BVC and 9-10 overall, tripling their win total from the 2017-2018 season.
Murrie led the Mariners with 12, Mireri, Odom and Potts had 10 of their own, while Banegas and Chandler added seven each. Julian Taylor led Alameda with 14 points, while Washington was in double figures with 11.
Next up for Marin is a road date at Mendocino College on Friday, January 25th.