For the Mar Vista boy’s basketball team, the 2022-2023 season has started just about as well as one could hope.
Coming off a 2021-2022 season that claims the team went just 5-22, the Mariners, just nine games into this season, have already eclipsed their win total from last season as their record sits at an impressive 6-3.
And on Tuesday night, the Mariners would hope to continue their newfound winning ways as they hit the road to take on the 6-2 Komets of Kearney High School.
While both teams had come into the game playing high-quality basketball, the first quarter would look differently. Offensively the Mariners would struggle as they would score just four points in the first thanks to a pair of driving layups from Josiah Scott.
Though the Mariner’s offense struggled to find its first-quarter groove, their defense would keep them in it thanks to some great play in the paint from Ryan Chua and Anthony Castro, as well as strong perimeter defense from Jeffrey Temcho, who would come away with several steals in the first.
In the second quarter, the Mariners would start to show some much needed flashes on offense thanks to two early quarter baskets from Darius Montgomery and a deep three-pointer from Anthony Castro.
What’s important to note as well is that here in the second quarter and for the rest of the game, Mar Vista began doing a fantastic job of controlling the offensive glass and giving them an abundant amount of second-chance basket opportunities. It’s just a shame they could not cash in on these second-chance opportunities more often.
Mar Vista would grab the lead in the second quarter after a three-pointer from Jarhyl Castro, making it a 16-14 game with 3:02 left in the second. However, the Komets would go on a 7-0 scoring run over those final three minutes to have the Mariners trailing 21-16 at the half.
Coming out of the half, Mar Vista appeared to be pulling momentum back their way thanks to a pair of buckets from Scott. But the Komets would not be denied as they would quickly expand their lead to 31-20 and appear to be putting the Mariners away with 3:00 minutes to play in the third.
But these Mariners are scrappy and would claw their way back thanks to back-to-back three-pointers from Montgomery and Jarhyl Castro that would help narrow the lead back down to single digits heading to the fourth.
While the whole game may have been a collective struggle for the Mariners, that would change in the fourth as the Mariners would go full scorched-earth mode as they would finish the fourth on a 13-4 run that would propel them into a tie and force the game into overtime.
This impressive run was spear-headed by clutch three-point shooting from Montgomery, Temcho, and Scott.
In overtime, Mar Vista’s hot shooting would continue thanks to back-to-back driving layups by Temcho and Montgomery to give them a 51-49 lead with two minutes to play. But sadly, that early spark would fizzle, and the Komets would reignite their flame going on a 9-2 run to end the game and hand the Mariners a brutal 58-53 loss.
With the loss, the Mariner’s record now sits at 6-4 and will return to regular season/non-tournament action in the new year when they host a home conference game vs. Castle Park (Chula Vista, CA) on Wednesday, January 4, at 6:30p.m.
Vol. 38, No. 51 - Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022