Mariners' Basketball took their best shot at BVC leaders Yuba College on Wednesday, and came ever so close to knocking off the defending champions. Marin led by eight points with three minutes left on the clock, but were unable to seal the deal. Turnovers and clock management ultimately doomed Marin who allowed a flurry of points in the final minutes in a 66-58 loss. Eric Mireri led the Mariners with 14 points in the game.
The first half of the was a defensive struggle as the teams combined for just 50 points in the opening period. Marin's defense held stout while the offense did just enough earn a 26-24 halftime lead. Mireri had eight points, Alfonso Murrie seven and Malik Ghiden five in the opening stanza. Yuba was led by Greenwood who had nine points in the first half.
After halftime the game opened up and offenses flowed freer. Marin moved the ball with aplomb and saw a very balanced offensive attack. Mireri, Zamaria Odom and Jalen Chandler shouldered the load scoring, six, seven and nine points respectively in the half.
After being silenced in the first half, Yuba scorers awoke in the second half, to the chagrin of Marin. Brandon ReCheck scored just two first half points but exploded for 14 in the second half alone. Philip Judson had four in the first, but unloaded 12 in the second half.
As the clock wound down the Mariners game close, but not close enough to defeat the league leaders.
Mireri had 14 points including three made threes in the game. Alfonso Murrie had 11 points, while Chandler and Odom each scored nine the game. Joey Potts was held off the scoreboard for the first time in the 2018-2019 season.
"We had them against the ropes" said Coach Scott Thom, "up eight points with three minutes left but we had too many turnovers."
Marin has four games remaining in the season, they host the Los Medanos Mustangs on Friday at 6pm.