College of Marin Basketball Grounds Mendocino Eagles 78-68

College of Marin Basketball Grounds Mendocino Eagles 78-68

The Mariners are on a nice run of late. After finishing their first half of the Bay Valley Conference season with a 5-3 record, they started the second half with a victory over Mendocino College on the road 78-68. Marin led early and never looked to be in doubt as they recorded their second win of the year over the Eagles. Four starters scored in double figures for Marin as they pushed their overall team record over .500 for the first time in the 2018-2019 season.  

The Mariners thoroughly outplayed the Eagles from the opening team, but some sloppy play did contribute to a closer game then might have been predicted. College of Marin really looked to push the pace of the game and while it did result in some easy fast break points, it also contributed to the Mariners committing 20 turnovers in the game, their second highest mark of the year.

Defensively the Mariners did very well, limiting chances in the paint and preventing large numbers of offensive rebounds by the Eagles. Joey Potts was tremendous in the paint, with seven blocks, a mark he matched for the third time this year. Potts' performance increased his season total to 56 blocks, tops in the state. His mark of 2.8 blocks per game also ties him for second best in California.

As the clock wore down the result became more and more of a certainty and when the final buzzer sounded Marin recorded the 78-68 victory. The team shot 55.3% from the field and made 21 of their 28 free throws, season highs in both makes and attempts.

Eric Mireri was the Mariners' leading scorer with 19 points. He finished with a double double as he also dished out 10 assists and swiped four steals. Zamaria Odom also had a double double on the game as he scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Potts was close to a triple double as he scored 16 points and grabbed eight boards to go with his seven blocks.

The Mariners have a weekend of rest and recovery before preparations begins for the Mariners' next home game against Napa Valley College on January 30th.