Marina Basketball

Huntington Beach Marina (7-2) has modeled its basketball program after one of the highest scoring four-year college teams in the nation.

University of Redlands coach Gary Smith patterned his high-scoring offense a little too good for some of his San Bernardino County neighbors.


Enter Huntington Beach Marina (7-2) who has modeled its basketball program after one of the highest scoring four-year college teams in the nation.


Viking coach Roger Holmes took his new scheme into the Inland Empire this month and soundly knocked off four native son's---Barstow 117-97, Ontario 93-64, Apple Valley 97-80, and San Bernardino 97-65.


"We are venturing into a whole new system and our player's have done an amazing job with it. It's an unselfish approach," said Holmes. Part of the plan is out of necessity, since the Vikings take the floor with no one standing over six-foot-two.


"Gary Smith calls it 'The System' with the defense designed to create the pace. We trap and press the whole game, trying for a lot of turnovers. We want the game at a high pace," said Holmes.


Part of Marina's new "system" is the the 3-point shot, with the Vikings netting 155 in their first nine games. Senior Troy Lewis already has 58, 3-pointers and teammate Mike Kinoshita has 47.


Everyone on the Marina roster has gotten into the 3-point act, from freshman Brendan Holmes with 15, to eighth man Chad Lewis at six, and tenth man Josh Jordan's two.


"We are averaging 17, 3-pointers per game and that was unexpected," said Holmes. "Troy Lewis has always been a good shooter, but the number of 3's that he's been making comes as a surprise." Lewis leads the Vikings with 25 points per game, Kinoshita  hits for 20.7 points, and sophomore Garrett James at a 14.7 average.


Holmes said that although his team is short in stature, it is long in the rebounding department. "We don't out jump anyone, but when you shoot a lot of 3's, you get a lot of rebounds. We're not getting out rebounded because we get a lot of hustle rebounds." Lewis also leads the Vikings with about seven rebounds per game.


Junior point guard Dion Douglas directs Marina's energized offense, which thus far has averaged 91 points per game, while holding the opposition to 58 points. Douglas means at seven assists and more than two steals per game.


Individual stats come second in Marina's bigger picture, since Holmes utilizes a platoon system whereby two complete teams enter games in unison. "We sub two groups of five and the talent is mixed equally into two teams."


Holmes said that Troy Lewis is averaging his 25 points in only about 15 minutes of floor time. He is making 34% of his three-pointers. Likewise, Kinoshita, James, and others gather their stats in two quarters of playing time.


Marina jumps into Sunset League action on January 5 at home against defending CIF-Southern Section champion Los Alamitos, who seem likely to defend its league title.


"Los Alamitos has a lot of players back and is the clear favorite this year. The rest of the league is balanced and will be tough," said Holmes.


Before league, the Vikings will compete in the 8-team World Youth Basketball Tournament in Hawaii.   


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