St. Monica Mariners Basketball Team Register Big Road Win

St. Monica uses balance scoring to defeat Providence

Monday, 23 Dec 2013, 6:06:00 AM

Dennis Freeman

St. Monica used a

balanced offense to defeat Providence in a non league boys’ basketball game on

Saturday. The Mariners received double-digit scoring from four players to edge

the Pioneers, 66-62, at Providence High School.

Dennis Ashley led the

way for St. Monica with 15 points, six assists, and five rebounds.

Spencer Gorman added

14 points and grabbed 10 boards, while Kavion Simab poured in 13 points and

pulled down six rebounds.

Kavin Dotson

contributed with 10 points, and the Mariners received a solid, all-around play from

center Xiang Yu Meng, who finished the game with eight points and 10

rebounds. Providence was led by Josias Parker with 21 and Kyle Lipton with

18.

The game was an early

season matchup between two of the Top 25 CIF Southern Section 4-A teams.

In the current CIF Division

4-A rankings, St. Monica is holding on to a No. 19 ranking, while Providence is

seeded at the No. 21 position. The game was tight throughout with the Mariners

prevailing with an edge in the fourth and final period.

Going into the fourth

quarter, St. Monica held a slim two-point lead over Providence. The Mariners

outscored the Pioneers 20-18 in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.  

“I was really proud of

how efficient we played,” St. Monica coach John Skinner said. “The team mostly

stuck to the game plan and we got the ball inside and to the basket without

relying too much on the three- point shot.  We are a much better team when

we have 16 team assists. It was a good road win for us against a well coached

team that can flat out shoot the ball.”

Playing on the road is

always tough. The Mariners found out early how tough it is as Providence jumped

out to a 17-12 first quarter advantage. St. Monica then regrouped in the second

period, outscoring Providence 18-9 to take a 30-26 lead into intermission.

The difference in the

game was the free throwing shooting of St. Monica.

The Mariners only

connected on 24 field goals out of 66 shot attempts during the game. But the

charity stripe proved to be critical in the win as St. Monica made 16 of 20

free throws. Ashley had a big hand in that, going perfect on 10 out of 10 free

throw attempts.

The Mariners’ great

free throw shooting help offset the three-point onslaught that Providence hit

them with. Providence shot 20 three-point attempts, connecting on 10 3-pointers

for the game. Skinner had high praise for his team’s efforts.

“Dennis Ashley made

some great passes to set up teammates with open shots and needs to continue to

do that for us,” Skinner said. “I can’t say enough about Senior Kaivon

Simab’s impact. He has a great understanding for the game and was in the

right place at the right time for some key plays for us. It was nice to

see Xiang Yu Meng and Spencer Gorman both play a physical game and give us a

strong interior presence.”

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