Future Mott Bear Tez Thomas scores three of his game-high 26 points.

Flushing's Alec Myers drives to the basket for two in the first half Thursday night.

Flushing’s Alec Myers drives to the basket for two in the first half Thursday night.

The Flint area’s top seniors took to the court Thursday night for the 22nd annual Bruin Club Classic All-Star game at Ballenger Fieldhouse. Unlike in recent years, the game was exciting and highly-competitive. The crowd was among the largest in the game’s history.

Four future Mott players participated, the most since I’ve been covering the game.

Former Flint Beecher standout Tez Thomas gave Mott fans an eyeful, showing off his inside-outside game. He led all scorers with 26 points en route to game MVP honors for the Gold Team.

Malik Young (Southwestern) and Cam Morse (Carman-Ainsworth) scored 20 apiece for the Black Team.

Marquavian Stephens (Swartz Creek) and Ray Ray Lewis (Southwestern) added 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Black Team.

The most intriguing prospect in the game was future Mott point guard Justice Green. The former Powers and Carman-Ainsworth standout is one of the most fluid and athletic point guards I’ve seen at the high school level. He’s a better prospect than Morse, though with a much slighter build.

The winning coach in the game was former Mott All-American Kevin Tiggs. The 6-4 small forward is now playing professionally in Australia.

The play of the game was an alley-oop from Swartz Creek’s Torandis Mack to Green late in the second half.

Here are the final rosters for Thursday evening’s 22nd Annual Mott Bruin Club Classic All-Star Game. The boys’ game tips at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Come on out and cheer on this impressive group of Flint-area seniors! There are also several unsigned players in this bunch, so it’s a great opportunity for college coaches as well.

The teams will be coached by former Mott National Player of the Year Kevin Tiggs and former MSU forward Antonio Smith.

Gold Team
Justice Green, Guard, Flint C-A
Antonieo McMillion, Guard, Montrose
Tommie Johnson,Forward, Beecher
Tez Thomas, Forward, Beecher
Torandis Mack, Guard, Swartz Creek
Nick Randle, Guard, Grand Blanc
Chauncey Bryant, Forward, Clio
Nick Keller, Forward, Ortonville-Brandon
Alec Myers, Guard, Flushing
D’Monte Johnson, Forward, Bendle
Jamil Demps, Guard, Hamady
Matt Place, Forward, Lapeer West
Coach: Kevin Tiggs
Black Team
Malik Young, Guard, Flint Southwestern
Ray Ray Lewis, Guard, Flint Southwestern
Cam Morse, Guard, Flint C-A
Marquavian Stephens, Forward, Swartz Creek
Malik Taylor, Forward, Montrose
Jaylon Arkwright, Guard, Clio
Major Sattiewhite, Forward, Clio
Dylan Morris, Guard, Ortonville-Brandon
Jaylen Odneal, Guard, Flushing
Andrew Miller, Forward, Davison
Carlos Fordham, Forward, Goodrich
Simeun McGee, Guard, International Academy
Coach: Antonio Smith

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt with Team USA in Colorado

Posted: June 11, 2014 by Jared Field in College, Mott

schmidtMott Community College’s hall of fame head coach is currently coaching members of Team USA (18-and-under) in Colorado Springs. Schmidt is one of three court coaches for the 2014 training camp.

On Wednesday, Schmidt coached Luke Kennard (Duke University), Stanley Johnson (Arizona) and Myles Turner (Texas). His team is 2-0 thus far.

Team USA will play in the 2014 FIBA Americas 18-and-under Championship.

Schmidt is coaching alongside some big names on the college basketball scene including Billy Donovan (Florida), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Sean Miller (Arizona), Matt Painter (Purdue), Lorenzo Romar (Washington), Bob McKillop (Davidson), Ed Cooley (Providence) and Danny Manning (Wake Forest).

The following players have been invited to participate in the 22nd annual Mott Bruin Club Classic All-Star Game in Flint on June 19. The game tips at 8 p.m. in the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium on the campus of Mott Community College. Players should be at the gym at least 30 minutes prior to the opening tip. E-mail me at field.jared@gmail.com to confirm your spot on the team:
Malik Young, Flint Southwestern (confirmed)
Ray Ray Lewis, Flint Southwestern (confirmed)
Cam Morse, Flint C-A (confirmed)
Justice Green, Flint C-A (confirmed)
Marquavian Stephens, Swartz Creek (confirmed)
Torandis Mack, Swartz Creek (confirmed)
Antonieo Mcmillion, Montrose (confirmed)
Malik Taylor, Montrose (confirmed)
Tommie Johnson, Beecher (confirmed)
Tez Thomas, Beecher (confirmed)
Nick Randle, Grand Blanc (confirmed)
Jaylon Arkwright, Clio (confirmed)
Chauncey Bryant, Clio (confirmed)
Major Sattiewhite, Clio (confirmed)
Dylan Morris, Ortonville-Brandon (confirmed)
Nick Keller, Ortonville-Brandon (confirmed)
Jaylen Odneal, Flushing (confirmed)
Alec Myers, Flushing (confirmed)
Andrew Miller, Davison (confirmed)
Jamil Demps, Hamady (confirmed)
Simeun McGee, International Academy (confirmed)
Carlos Fordham, Goodrich (Confirmed)
D’Monte Johnson, Bendle (Confirmed)

History will be made Saturday afternoon (June 7) at Ballenger Fieldhouse (Mott CC) as the Flint Monarchs will play the first women’s professional basketball game ever in Flint, according to the team’s head coach, Bill Schnorenberg. The Monarchs had been a semi-professional team but made the jump to professional basketball during the offseason.

The game is at 4 p.m. versus Chicago.

“I just want everyone to give us a chance,” Schnorenberg said. “We have a a lot of local talent on the roster and girls who have played pro ball overseas. We’re going to take this slow, see what works and not try to get too big too fast. We need support of basketball fans here in Flint. We’re playing in the best gym in Mid Michigan at the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium. The tradition of Mott only adds to what we are trying to do with the Monarchs.”

Chuck Krafft, a Lansing-area writer, covered Tuesday night’s Class C quarterfinal at Owosso on his blog, the Bleacher Denizen. I saw the carnage firsthand as well, but I think the game’s final minute deserves a full-fledged rehash.

First (for the ADHD crowd), here’s the short of it:

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Here’s how Krafft saw it (emphasis is added):

P-W misses a three point shot from the wing.  Kyle Nurenberg grabs the offensive rebound, but P-W misses another three point shot.  Adam Wesley races back on defense to stop Beecher from scoring an easy layup … Quay Burks inbounds the ball to Tommie Johnson for a layup that gives Beecher a 38-31 lead.
Adam Wesley hits a three point shot from the wing to cut the Beecher lead to 38-34 with 53.6 seconds left and stop a Beecher ten point late game run.  Beecher is fouled and misses the front end of a one and one opportunityP-W grabs the rebound, but throws a long pass out of bounds.  Quay Burks is fouled and hits both ends of his one and one opportunity to push the Beecher lead to 40-34 with 36.6 seconds left.
Beecher commits a foul, but it’s only the fifth Beecher foul this half.  P-W has the ball with 29.9 seconds left.  Nick Spitzley jumps forward and draws a foul as he shoots from behind the three point line…
… Spitzley swishes one, two and three free throws to cut the lead to 40-37 with 27.6 seconds left.  Quay Burks is fouled and sinks one of two free throws for Beecher with 25.3 seconds left to give Beecher a 41-37 lead.  Kyle Nurenberg turns, jumps and rattles in a three point shot for P-W to cut the lead to 41-40.  Before I can even finish my note, Nick Spitzley steals the ball and puts it in the hoop to give P-W a 42-41 lead with 4.1 seconds left in the game.

Beecher is only able to heave the ball from half court as the buzzer sounds.

Plenty of P-W fans actually missed what may have been the most improbable comeback they’ll ever see at any level.  If I hadn’t been interested in the game’s final stats, truth be told, I’d have been in the parking lot with them. I think it’s worth pointing out that when Spitzley was fouled on the 3-point attempt, Beecher actually had fouls to give. That’s just another one in a long line of variables that had to go right for P-W and wrong for Beecher to effect this outcome.

Beecher’s head coach, one of the state’s best, had this to say after the game (via @sloc12):

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 8.39.47 AMWilliams told Mlive’s Eric Woodyard that he shouldered the blame for the loss:

“I put it all back on me,” Williams said. “I could’ve called that timeout to get us settled down at the end (after Nurenberg’s shot). With the team that we have, where we came from last year and the way we started this year we have nothing to be ashamed of. These kids played their heart out all year long and gave me everything they had.”

On the bright side for Beecher, the Bucs are among the youngest teams I’ve seen playing in the quarterfinals at any level. Williams returns the vast majority of his roster including Quay Burks and Malik Ellison, two high-impact underclassmen. I’d bet the farm on the Bucs getting back to the Breslin where they belong.

Mott Sophomore forward Myles Busby (Niles, MI) won the MCCAA Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Mott Sophomore forward Myles Busby (Niles, MI) won the MCCAA Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Mott sophomore Myles Busby was the lone bright spot for the Bears this season on the defensive end. The Niles (MI) product was named a captain and set the bar for effort for the team throughout the season. He was rewarded for his effort on Tuesday. Busby was named the MCCAA Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year for 2013-14.

Busby is a 6-4 small forward with length, strength and athleticism. He is one of a small handful of unsigned sophomores in the MCCAA who should command some attention in the offseason. He averaged eight points, six rebounds and two steals per game and started in 26 games.

Eastern Conference All-Defensive Team
Name Class School Hometown
F Myles Busby SO Mott Niles, MI
G Tyrie Flower SO Wayne County Detroit, MI
G Darerraul Jackson SO Wayne County Detroit, MI
F Travontis Richardson SO Oakland Saginaw, MI
G/F Matthew VanDyk FR St. Clair County Imlay City, MI
G Bernard Whitehead SO Delta Southfield, MI