College of Marin Basketball squared off against the Los Medanos College Mustangs on Friday. The result was the short end of a 77-66 final score. Marin held a lead midway through the second half, but an aggressive defense by Los Medanos and series of turnovers by Marin was their undoing. Malik Ghiden led the Mariners with 13 points off the bench while Joey Potts had a double double effort in defeat.
The game had a choppy feel to start as fouls were whistled aplenty in the opening 20 minutes. Both teams were in double bonus by the end as Marin attempted 14 first half free throws and Los Medanos 15. The first half difference was efficiency as the Mariners were a woeful 7-14 while LMC was 10-15. Three points was all that separated the teams at halftime as Los Medanos hit the break with a 37-34 lead.
Marin was the aggressor to begin the second half, with a 6-0 run putting them in the lead 42-41 with 16:13 left on the clock. They Built a three-point lead 55-52 before a questionable call gave the momentum to the visiting team.
Sires drove the lane and attempted a layup that was pinned against the class by Joey Potts. The referees whistled a goaltend and the block became two points, cutting the lead to 55-54 with 10 minutes remaining.
Los Medanos followed by putting the Mariners in a defensive lockdown, limiting the home team to just three points over the following five minutes and took a 67-58 lead in the process. Marin fell behind by double digits and could not get it closer than 71-62 with a minute and a half left.
The foul game proved fruitless and the Mariners fell by a final score of 77-66.
Turnovers ultimately doomed Marin as they committed 24 in the game, resulting in 11 fewer field goal attempts than their opponents.
Ghiden was a spark off the bench with six first half and seven second half points. Potts put up big numbers inside with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks while Jalen Chandler and Mireri each added 10 in the game. Raazhel Watkins led Los Medanos with 16 points, while Sires and Charles Jones each had 15 in the game.
The Mariners have three games left on their 2018-2019 schedule. Next up is a road game at Solano College on Wednesday, February 13th at 6pm.