FLINT, Michigan — No. 1-ranked Mott Community College showed its fans on Saturday afternoon a rough draft of a brand new script with, what we all hope, will have a familiar ending.
Mott leaned almost exclusively on its frontline duo of 6-6 Fred Mattison and 6-9 Coreante DeBerry en route to a 79-61 victory over the visiting Bruins from Kellogg CC.
The Bears never trailed in the game, but didn’t grab hold of a comfortable lead until midway through the second half. Leading by seven at the break, Mattison and DeBerry completely dominated the paint in the second half. DeBerry started for the first time this season and, despite losing major minutes to foul trouble, scored 20 points with five rebounds and two blocks. His heavy lifting was done in only 16 minutes on the job.
Mattison, as he has through Mott’s first three games, dominated around the basket. The sophomore transfer scored 29 points with 25 rebounds. In a post-game interview with MRSN’s Bill Schnorenberg, Mott head coach Steve Schmidt didn’t need a record book handy to make a pretty bold claim — “…that has to be a record,” he said.
The efficiency of Mattison and DeBerry is impressive, to say the least. The pair combined to shoot 18-for-25 from the floor. DeBerry, alone, shot 10-for-13 from the foul line. Mott’s only other player in double figures was Malik Albert, who added 11 points and three assists.
Darius Holman led Kellogg with 16 points and Nathan Taylor added 15.
The Bears shot 45 percent from the floor and held the Bruins to 35 percent shooting in both halves. Every player on Mott’s 11-man roster scored and everyone played at least five minutes.
After three games, all wins, it’s becoming clear that this Mott team will bear a scarce resemblance to any in the recent past. Schmidt has talented guards, but this team is going to win games in the post.
Mott (3-0) will return to action on Wednesday night at home against Jackson. The game tips at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live at MRSN.us.