No. 7-ranked Mott lost its second game of the season Wednesday night, on the road against Kalamazoo Valley (KVCC). The Bears’ struggles on the defensive end caught up to them once again, falling 87-82.
Mott led 33-31 at the half but surrendered 56 points in the second half.
Sophomore Malik Albert led all scorers with 28 points and freshman Marcus Johnson scored 15. Sophomores Myles Busby and Jamal Reynolds added 10 points and eight rebounds apiece.
KVCC had five players in double figures led by Tyler Oliver and Jaylen Larry with 14 points each. Larry is a Flint Carman-Ainsworth graduate. Point guard Davonte Harris scored nine points with five rebounds and played at a high level for almost the entire game.
KVCC will fight with Lansing also season for supremacy in the MCCAA’s Western Conference, so it’s a bit of a stretch to call this one an upset — Mott has split with both programs this season. That said, once Mott’s second-scorer and top forward, Ruston Hayward, returns to the lineup, Mott fans should see a much-improved group.
The Bears will return to action at 7:30 p.m. December 30 at home versus Owens, another one of the better teams in the Midwest.