Malik Albert has quickly earned the reputation for being a money player at the college level. Monday night’s performance on the road versus rival Henry Ford kept his reputation well in tact.
Albert scored 22 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as Mott fought off an undersized but pesky Hawks squad, 84-70. The freshman from Detroit King also added five assists.
The win, Mott’s 16th straight, may catapult the Bears’ back into the no. 1 spot in the NJCAA national poll (Louisburg College, currently in the top spot, lost last week), a position Mott held at the start the 2012-13 season.
Mott head coach Steve Schmidt said Wednesday night that he didn’t care too much about the poll, released later this week, but was more concerned with keeping the momentum going for two more games this week.
“They are a scrappy little team, but it’s a good win,” Schmidt said. “Any win in Dearborn is a good win.”
Over the last several seasons, on the road in Dearborn is the only place Mott has even modestly struggled. The program has now won three of its last four games against the Hawks, and by double-figures in each.
The Bears had five players in double figures Monday night. Sophomore Fred Mattison scored 14 points with seven rebounds. Freshman Coreontae DeBerry had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kory Billups and Chavis Mattison added 10 points apiece and combined for 15 rebounds.
The Bears will have another day off before hosting Macomb County on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Bears beat Macomb last month by 33. All Mott games are broadcast live on MRSN.us.
With the loss, Henry Ford falls to 13-8 overall and 7-4 in conference.