So far the St. Monica boys’ basketball team is
having an up and down season. Playing in their own St. Monica Tournament and
the El Segundo Hoops Classic Tournament proved no different for the Mariners.
One game they play lights out basketball.
The next time out the team seems to lose their
momentum. It’s still early in the season with league coming up after the first
of the year, so the Mariners have time fix whatever issues they may have on
both sides of the ball. In the El Segundo Hoops Classic Tournament, St. Monica
came away losing three of the four games they played. However, the good news
for the Mariners is that they went up against some stiff competition.
way for the Mariners this season has been seniors Kavin Dotson and Spencer
Gorman. In a 52-51 defeat to Palos Verdes, Dotson scored a team-high 19 points,
connecting on three three-pointers for the Mariners. Dennis Ashley added 15 points
for St. Monica in the close contest. Even though they managed to force overtime
against Crossroads after overcoming a slow start, the Mariners finally fell to
the Roadrunners in the overtime period by the score of 68-59.
course, led the way for the Mariners again, dropping in 21 points in the loss.
Gorman stepped up his game and scored 13 points in the defeat. St. Monica
finally broke through with a win, stopping host El Segundo 63-55. Ashley was the
high-point scorer in this one for the Mariners, scoring 20 points.
and Gorman gave Ashley an added assist by scoring 15 points apiece. St. Monica
closed the deal on the win by outscoring El Segundo 26-21 in the fourth quarter.
The Mariners’ matchup against Centennial did not turn out to be so favorable.
Centennial put up 33 first half points enroute to a 69-49 win against the
upstart Mariners. Dotson had a quiet night, shooting the ball from the field,
scoring just 12 points.
The Mariners play several more games before they
open Camino Real League play against West on Jan. 10. Coach John Skinner said
some of the defeats that his team have suffered thus far could have easily gone
the other way.
“We are currently 4-5 with a couple of real close
losses to some solid teams so our record could easily be better,” Skinner said.
“We need to learn to play at a higher level more consistently as we definitely
ride the roller coaster of momentum quite a bit.
Right now, seniors Kavin Dotson and Spencer Gorman have been having
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