FLINT, Michigan — Saturday afternoon’s game versus Wayne County may well end up being the most exciting home game of the season for no. 3-ranked Mott. Down five at the half, the Bears lit up the scoreboard for 51 points in the second half en route to a 79-67 win.
For the first time this season, Mott’s leading scorer, Fred Mattison, failed to score in double-figures. Mott’s starting point guard, Devin Foster, played only 11 minutes minutes after being saddled with early foul trouble. It was the first time all season he played less than 15 minutes.
None of that mattered Saturday, however, as Mott’s superior depth proved too much for Wayne County, the surprise team in the MCCAA this season with nine wins including one over nationally-ranked Cincinnati State.
The star of the game was 6-foot-9 center Coreante DeBerry, who was dominant in limited minutes for Mott. He fought for position in the post and delivered 21 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in only 16 minutes. This was DeBerry’s coming out party at Mott, competing against some grown men (half Wayne’s roster at least appeared to be nearing 30 years old). He threw down a couple dunks and even went up for an alley-oop in traffic before getting sent to the line.
With Foster on the bench for most of the game, 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Chavis Mattison showed why he has quickly turned into one of Mott’s brightest stars. Mattison scored 15 points with five rebounds and four assists. This young man has a serious future ahead of him, and I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t see it coming.
Freshman Malik Albert made the play of the game in the second half, during a run that sealed the game for Mott. He stole the ball in the front court from Daniel Price, Wayne’s best guard, and slammed it home with two hands. Albert had 18 points on 12 shots and added four steals.
The Bears shot an unbelievable 67 percent from the floor in the second half.
Even so, the award for efficiency would have to be given to Wayne Dionte Fowlkes, who scored 20 points in 20 minutes on 9-for-9 shooting.
Wayne County (9-5) may not be the best team Mott has played this season, but they are certainly the biggest and most physical.
Mott (14-1) has won nine straights games. The Bears will take on St. Clair on the road Wednesday night.