The unthinkable happened on Tuesday morning in Danville, Illinois. The top seed in the NJCAA National Tournament, Mott Community College, was knocked off by Central Community College (Nebraska) — one of the bottom four seeds in the tournament.
The Bears (29-4) could not overcome its atrocious shooting from the perimeter including 1-17 (0-11 from 3-point range) from freshman guard Malik Albert. As a team, Mott was 3-for-27 from 3-point range.
Mott struggled mightily early on, but played well enough defensively to take a two-point lead into halftime after a tip by sophomore Kortez Ross.
Central CC, winners of 11 of its last 13 games, packed it in defensively for the bulk of the game and limited Mott’s touches inside.
“We just didn’t make the shots,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt. “Give credit where credit is due. They played with more passion than we did. They got the lose balls and made the plays. We didn’t have our best effort.
“We will just build on this experience; we will keep our heads up.”
Fred Mattison led Mott with 17 points. Ross and Coreontae DeBerry added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Mott will return to action tomorrow in the consolation bracket.