No. 4-ranked Mott avenges lone loss against Owens, 76-68

Posted: December 20, 2012 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott
Mott sophomore Kortez Ross soars for a rebound in the first half of the Bears' 76-68 win over Owens Thursday night.

Mott sophomore Kortez Ross soars for a rebound in the first half of the Bears’ 76-68 win over Owens Thursday night.

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Mott sophomore Fred Mattison led the Bears with 19 points and seven rebounds.

FLINT, Michigan — The only show in town on Thursday night was a great one. With schools across Genesee County closed on Thursday and Friday, scores of basketball fans turned out to watch no. 4-ranked Mott avenge the only blemish on its record. Mott beat Owens 76-68 to improve to 9-1 on the season and 6-0 at home.

The Bears sprinted out to a 16-0 run to start the game, holding the Express scoreless for the game’s first five and a half minutes. Owens fought back with its three-headed monster offensively, sophomores James Kelly, Justin Edmonds and freshman point guard Joe Retic II. The Express answered with a 20-6 run and pulled even at the half.

The Express actually led for a short period of time early in the second half before Mott gradually accrued an eight-point lead which it held, more or less, for the duration of the second half.

The key to the second half resurgence for Mott was the play of 6-7 sophomore Fred Mattison, who scored the bulk of his team-high 19 points in the second half. Mattison lives on the lob, and Owens was powerless to stop it in the second half. Mattison wasn’t alone, however, as Mott had five players in double-figures. Devin Foster and Kory Billups scored 12 points apiece with Chavis Mattison and Chester McFadden adding 11 each.

Foster is finally starting to show the skills that prompted Coach Schmidt to pluck him out of the Windy City this summer. Foster added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals to his 12 points. As his aggression continues to increase, so will his production. He’s a player.

Both teams shot 50 percent from the field. The game was won on the strength of 21 forced forced turnovers by Mott. Edmonds, who finished with 13 points and zero assists, was the worst offender with six turnovers for Owens.

For the second straight games between the two teams, it was Retic II who proved to be the best player in red. The freshman scored 19 points on 11 shots with three assists. He’s an intriguing prospect to be sure.

The win was the second consecutive game Mott played without its center, 6-foot-9 freshman Coreante DeBerry. The University of Detroit Mercy recruit is still sidelined because of academic issues. UDM’s head coach Ray McCallum was in the crowd tonight, as was Michigan State assistant Dane Fife.

Mott will return to action at 3 p.m. on Dec. 29th at home versus Daley College (Illinois).

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Comments
  1. Jody says:

    Continued success Steve. You have built the bears into a national powerhouse and the players are continuing onto the next level.

  2. K-Flash says:

    Why is it that when there is recruits at the game the Kids from flint spins more time on the bench then the ones he’s trying to sale,they all make mistakes during the game but to do that to them is wrong,they have worked hard this past summer and helped bring that last championship to the school those freshman have another year at Mott. do more encouraging

    • K-Flash says:

      congratulations! Mott on your win Thursday,keep up the good work as a team.

    • Jared Field says:

      The simple response is that the coach’s job is to win games. On any given night, he’ll play the players he thinks give him the best chance to win the game. I’d say he’s been successful at that.

      • K-Flash says:

        That’s right as a coach you do,and he’s doing a excellent job that’s why Mott is what it is today,and I enjoy all the games. When your at the games and you see how hard those kids play and what they put into it sometimes you would like to read about it.Some play hard every game! (these are only my opinions) I’m not trying to offend anyone.

      • Jared Field says:

        Forgive me, but I doubt anyone cares about who plays hard. Playing hard is what you’re supposed to do.

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