St. Monica Mariners Basketball Team Outlast Palmdale

St. Monica receives big effort from Gorman in win

Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014, 6:40:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Usually, Christmas break is a time

to get full from all the food you eat during the holidays. That is not so with

high school basketball players. Tournaments galore abound during this festive

time. 

It is no different for local basketball teams. A day after Christmas, St.

Monica found itself back in the swing of things on the basketball court.

The Mariners’ boys’ basketball team

went out to play a rugged and tough game against Palmdale. St. Monica rode the

scoring and rebounding production of Spencer Gorman to come up away with a

tight, 63-61 win.

Gorman scored 22 points and had 14

rebounds to lead the Mariners.  Dennis Ashley scored 13 and once again had

a big night at the free throw line late hitting on 5 of 6 from the line in the fourth quarter. 

With

the Mariners down by three with just over two minutes left in the game, Ashley

made a strong move to the basket and got fouled on the play . Ashley completed

the three-point play when he converted the subsequent free throw, which tied

the game.

Kavin Dotson chipped in nine points

for the Mariners, and made four key free throws down the stretch as well. After

Ashley’s big play, the Mariners stopped Palmdale and then took the lead thanks

to an intentional foul that was committed on Ashley. 

The Mariners ended

up taking a five point lead before Palmdale hit a three-point shot with just

two seconds remaining to cut the final score to two points.

“I’m proud of how the team kept

their heads in a very physical ball game down the stretch,” said coach John

Skinner. “This team is trusting each other more and that is leading to

better shot selection and easier scoring opportunities. We need to cut

down on our turnovers if we are going to continue to improve. Spencer Gorman

was phenomenal; very proud of his effort in that type of physical environment.”

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