Mott Community College earned back its no. 1-ranking this week, one that was lost after the team’s only loss of the season against Owens. That was 17 games ago; and, just as soon as the Bears got it back, they gave it away.
Mott (22-2) put together its worst offensive performance of the season, losing to a very strong Wayne County squad 57-49.
This was a reality check for several players on Mott’s roster, including a couple important players (freshmen Devin Foster and Coreontae DeBerry) who didn’t see the floor in the second half.
For the MCCAA, it was the second double-digit winning streak snapped in one weekend. No. 4-ranked Glen Oaks and its 21-game winning streak was snapped by Grand Rapids on Friday night.
The game was lost by Mott on the defensive glass, with turnovers and the team’s failure to make the hustle plays that have been the hallmark of the program..
Prior to Saturday’s game, Mott had only lost two conference games in the last five years. The program hadn’t lost to Wayne County in over a decade.
In an interview with MRSN after the game, Mott head coach Steve Schmidt said he wasn’t pleased with his team’s execution.
“The better team won today, and that’s all I can say,” Schmidt said. “They out-scrapped us. They made plays and we didn’t. Maybe we’re not as good as people think we are. I didn’t have my team prepared, but I have to give credit where credit is due.”
Even Mott’s top players, sophomore Fred Mattison and freshman Malik Albert, struggled mightily against the Wayne’s physical play. Mott’s two leading scorers combined for only 17 points. Reserve guard Chester McFadden led Mott with 12 points on four 3-pointers. Sophomore Kory Billups added 10.
The loss puts Mott at 12-1 in conference and does not change the task at hand. The Bears still control their own destiny in conference. Wayne County improve to 12-2 in conference, just one game behind Mott and Oakland in the MCCAA’s Eastern Conference.
“You have to keep everything in perspective,” Schmidt said. “We are still in first place, but we have some great challenges with St. Clair at our place and Oakland on the road.
“It’s a reality check, that’s all I can say.”
Mott returns to action at 7 p.m.Wednesday night at home versus St. Clair.