It had been nearly three years since Mott Community College gave up more than 90 points in a game. On Wednesday night, the Owens (Ohio) Express had 80 points with nearly seven minutes left in the second half. The Express, coached by former Mott assistant Dave Clark, never trailed in the game en route to a 91-80 victory.
The only thing more rare than losses at Mott are defensive lapses, especially full-game lapses. Even though the loss snaps Mott’s 27-game winning streak, I can promise you Mott head coach Steve Schmidt will be more concerned about his team’s atrocious defensive effort.
Mott trailed by nine at the half, whittled the lead down to three with six straight points from freshman guard Devin Foster, and immediately gave them all back and more. The Bears trailed by as many as 18 in the second half and never got closer than ten in the half final 15 minutes.
The game was won for Owens on the strength of sophomore guard Justin Edmonds; it was lost by Mott on the defensive end and with turnovers — the Bears surrendered 14 in the first half alone.
Owens went small for large portions of the game, effectively taking Mott’s 6-9 freshman Coreante DeBerry out of the game. DeBerry had strung together several strong performances in a row, but was not much of a factor in this one.
Mott actually shot better than Owens from the field, but the Express hit 9-for-22 from 3-point range and shot twice as many foul shots.
Joe Retick II, James Kelly and Edmonds combined for 68 of Owens’s 91 points. Last season I opined that Owens was a point guard away from being really, really good, and Retick II, it appears, is that point guard.
Sophomore Fred Mattison had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Malik Albert had 21 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Foster added 10 points.
Mott (5-1) will return to action Saturday at home versus Morain Valley at 7 p.m.