College of Marin Basketball lost for the first time at home in over three weeks as they fell to the visiting Napa Valley Storm 75-65 on Wednesday evening. The Mariners maintained contact through the first half of the game, but as Napa got hot, Marin stayed cold resulting in an eventual double-digit loss. Marin displayed a balanced attack with five players chipping in eight or more points.
It was a rocky start for the Mariners who fell behind 18-14 in the first ten minutes of play, forcing them to call a timeout. The Mariners picked it up as Rodwell Cutkelvin nailed back to back three pointers to tie the game up at 30-30 with four minutes left in the half. Buckets in the final minutes by Joey Potts, Eric Mireri and Zamaria Odom gave Marin a slim 36-34 going into halftime. Alfonso Murrie led all Mariner with nine first half points while Adderly and Gomez-Espana had nine each for the visiting Storm.
Marin maintained their advantage midway through the second as they led 48-46 with 11:25 on the clock. The Mariners buoyed their advantage to 53-48 as Malik Ghiden finished a driving layup with 10:42 remaining, but that was the high-water mark for Marin.
Napa rallied back with authority as they had a 19-2 run to lead 67-55 with three minutes remaining. The final three minutes felt like an eternity as both teams paraded to the line extending the duration of the game. Marin got no closer than eight points and ultimately fell 75-65.
Mireri led the Mariners with 12 points, Odom added 10, Murrie nine and Potts and Cutkelvin each eight. Adderly led all scorers with 21 points, while Skeete and Gomez-Espana both chipped in 12 of their own.
The loss dropped the Mariners record to 10-11 overall and 6-4 in the Bay Valley Conference.
Marin's next game is at Contra Costa College on Friday, February 1st. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm.