No. 3-ranked Mott stumbles on the road at Oakland, 79-68

Posted: February 16, 2013 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott
Mott sophomore Kory Billups has his shot blocked by Oakland's James Chappell.

Mott sophomore Kory Billups has his shot blocked by Oakland’s James Chappell. (Photo: Gerry Leslie)

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — No. 3-ranked Mott lost its second straight road game on Saturday afternoon to Oakland, formerly the second-best team in the MCCAA. No. 15-ranked Oakland’s 79-68 win now puts the Raiders in the driver’s seat for the MCCAA Eastern Conference championship.

And it wasn’t a fluke.

Oakland controlled the pace of the game throughout, led by a career performance from sophomore forward Darius Stevens. The 6-foot-6 inside-outside threat came off the bench and scored a game-high 28 points on only 12 shot attempts. He also added eight rebounds. His was one of the better clutch performances I’ve seen at the JUCO level.

The Bears had no answer for Stevens down low and failed miserably to pick up the slack in the backcourt. The Bears’ starting guards, Malik Albert and Devin Foster, struggled throughout the game. Albert scored six points with seven turnovers and Foster managed only seven points with one assist. The pair combined to shoot 3-for-14 from the field.

Mott trailed by four at the break, but never got closer than three down in the second half. Oakland guards Aaron Hayes and Jamie Pearson combined for 31 points to take some of the pressure off the Raiders’ frontline players (Kallante Miller and James Chappell) and who were in foul trouble most of the half.

Mott (23-3) suffered through some serious lapses offensively, finishing the game with twice as many turnovers as assists. The Bears’ top guns, with the exception of sophomore Fred Mattison, once again failed to produce in a big spot on the road. Mattison poured in 21 points and 17 rebounds, but had little help. Mott’s 6-foot-9 freshman Coreontae DeBerry played sparingly and managed only two points with three rebounds and four turnovers.

One bright spot for Mott continues to be the solid play of freshman Chester McFadden. The 6-foot-4 shooter scored 13 points and actually started in the second half. Sophomore Kory Billups added 12 points.

Mott is now through the meat of its schedule, with only three games remaining against three of the four bottom feeders in the conference. Oakland (21-4) has four games remaining including a game on the road at Wayne February 28 that will, most likely, decide who represents the Eastern Conference in the state championship game.

Mott returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at home versus Kirtland.

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Comments
  1. Jon Smith says:

    Time is running short on the season. Time to correct these flaws before the tournaments in a few short weeks.

  2. Ty says:

    I went to the game Saturday and Mott needs someone to step up at point guard badly. Either Shaq Smith will have to assume the pg duties or the Mattison guy because Foster and Albert struggled against OCC’s ball pressure. Albert looks more like a scoring guard than a point guard.

    Another thing that stuck out in this game was Mott overall size in comparison to OCC. They have some D-I size, but I think I will check out conference tournament in Saginaw.

    • Jared Field says:

      The point about the point is well made. Having Boo Marshall on the floor last year with John Taylor was a great combination. He was a pure point guard, a position that is hard to come by at this level. To be fair, Oakland won the game and they don’t have a pure PG either.Teams with pure PGs are the exception to the rule at this level. Even Mott’s best team in program history didn’t start a pure pg.

      • Ty says:

        It was the only glaring weakness that I saw from Mott. They had a lot of turn overs. OCC’s guard play wasn’t great either, just a tad bit better.

  3. Freddie McCoy says:

    Mott has flaws, lossing Mc Donald and Burks come back to haunt this team, I don’t see a repeat this year for Mott. Other top teams figure out Mott’s weakness and will attack. Mott probably will not win the conference championship and if they do, they probably will win one or two games before they get knock out

  4. Marvin Madness. says:

    I’m a (video) gamer and what I see from it is a problem with Mott’s opponents recognizing their pattern of play (like in artificial intelligence). I think even some Coaches have copied the opponents that Mott have played in the past. The good part is: artificial intelligence is artificial.

  5. Eric Andrews says:

    Simmons, Rashi, Evans, Boo Marshall. They had a point guard in the past. I haven’t seen them this year but the lineup should dominate the league.

    • Jared Field says:

      Of the four you mentioned, only Marshall and (Darrell) Evans were pure PGs.

      • Mark kehoe says:

        I wouldn’t bet against Mott in the playoffs. Yes, they may have lost the Eastern Conference and MCCAA championships due to their recent losses, but they still have the talent and coaching to win the all important regional championship and a return trip to Danville. Maybe it’s their turn to be the hunter and not the hunted. I remember watching HFCC upset the highly favored Bears a few years ago, so maybe it will be a payback of sorts for the Bears this year. Wow, they’ve set the bar so high that a 23-3 record seems like a down year to some people.

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