BAY CITY, Michigan — Mott Community College easily cleared its last hurdle before Monday night’s clash with rival Henry Ford Community College. The Bears trounced Delta College 78-50 Saturday afternoon on the road to improve to 11-1.
The win puts head coach Steve Schmidt 15 wins away from 600. Schmidt should hit his next landmark in the postseason tournament, if not sooner.
Mott, paced by the dominant play of sophomore forward Fred Mattison, led the entire game and by 18 at the half. Mattison led all scorers with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Mattison is one of the toughest low post scorers I’ve seen at the JUCO level, and certainly the most consistent. He has a size, strength and athleticism combination that is tough to hold down.
The only other Bear in double figures was freshman Malik Albert, who added 14 points.
Delta (2-10) was led by sophomore center Jakob Holland. He finished with 14 points and five rebounds.
The game marked the return of 6-foot-9 Mott freshman Coreante DeBerry, who had been sidelined for several games because of academic issues. DeBerry shook off the rust and played quite well. In only 14 minutes, he scored nine points with three rebounds. DeBerry is going to be a big part of this team’s success moving forward. With Mattison and DeBerry on the floor at the same time, Mott is really tough to defend.
Henry Ford (7-4) is unranked, but that does little to diminish the excitement heading into Monday night’s game in Flint. Henry Ford is Mott’s biggest rival; no other team in the last decade has had the modest success against Mott that Henry Ford has. The Bears are 10-5 against Henry Ford is the last 15 meetings but only 5-5 in the last 10. The two teams split last year, but did not meet in the district playoffs after Henry Ford was upset by Delta.
Get there early for the 7:30 p.m. tip on Monday night, as the game should draw a large crowd.