St. Monica Boys Basketball Team Finding Their Way

Mariners still looking for consistency

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013, 1:25:00 PM

Dennis Freeman

St. Monica basketball coach John Skinner gets his team's attention.
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St. Monica basketball coach John Skinner gets his team's attention.

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.

Leading the

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.

Dotson, of

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.

Both Dotson

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

solid seasons.” 

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