The goal every season for a championship program is to play on the last day of the season. Unfortunately, unlike the past two seasons, Mott will not play in the national championship game in Danville, Illinois, on Saturday.
Mott will play on the season’s final day, however.
The Bears were upset in the first round by Central CC (Nebraska) and have since bounced back with two wins over Iowa Lakes and, most recently, Phoenix College. Mott (31-4) will play Saturday with a chance to finish in seventh place. They will play either Howard CC or Louisburg College.
The Bears puts the clamps on Phoenix early on and for a long stretch in the second half. At one point in the second half, Mott forced Phoenix into a dozen consecutive misses. The Bears held Phoenix to 31 percent shooting in the second half.
“We really defended,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt. “It’s tough to be in the consolation bracket. But I told my players a tough day in Danville is better than a good day back home.”
Mott was led by freshman Malik Albert who scored 19 points with three assists. Sophomore Fred Mattison scored 14 points with four assists and his cousin, Chavis Mattison, added 10.
A win Saturday would be the 30th in Schmidt’s career at the National Tournament.