Mott Community College had one job on Wednesday night: Beat Macomb and secure a home game in the first round of the MCCAA District 10 Tournament next Tuesday night.
The Bears, as they have all season, failed to play a complete game and ultimately fell to the Monarchs, 62-57. With the win, Macomb earns the fourth seed in the District 10 Tournament and will host Wayne County on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The Bears earned the sixth seed and will travel to Delta Tuesday night to play the Pioneers at 7:30 p.m. Delta just this month completed a regular season sweep of the Bears for only the second time in school history.
Mott head coach Steve Schmidt was even more candid than normal after the game. He told MRSN’s Bill Schnorenberg that, in essence, what you see is what you get.
“I hoped to see the guys play with more passion and effort,” he said. “I hope they would really compete to give our fans another home game. We have great fans … I just have to come to the realization that this is who we are at this point.”
The Bears led by as many as nine points in the first half but could not push the lead to double digits. Mott still held the lead with three minutes left in the first half, but were taken to school from that point. The Monarchs went on a 20-4 run that spanned two halves. The Bears were held scoreless for nearly five minutes.
Mott (16-11) trailed by as many as 14 in the second half before sprinting out on a 10-3 run of their own to cut the lead to two. The Bears failed to take care of the ball and could not get any closer than down three points from that point.
Daryl Bigham led the Bears with 15 points and 13 rebounds, though he did most of his damage early on. Malik Young added 13 points. Mott sophomore Darryl LeVert drew his fourth foul early in the second half and was a non-factor for most of the game.
Mott’s game against Delta on Tuesday night can be heard live on MRSN.us starting at 7:30 p.m. The winner will move to the semifinals (also at Delta) to take on the winner of the Alpena-Oakland game.