Mott (13-4) had a much-needed respite Monday night after a demoralizing double overtime loss to Oakland on the road Saturday. The Bears welcomed Kirtland into the friendly confines of Ballenger Field House, and quickly dispensed with the niceties.
The Bears led by 20 at the half and cruised to victory, 92-53. Freshman guard Marcus Johnson led Mott with 19 points and eight assists. Sophomore Jamal Reynolds turned in another strong performance with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Freshman forward Ruston Hayward, in only his second game back from knee surgery, returned to the starting lineup and poured in 16 points with five assists.
“Ruston gives us an offensive presence and a toughness that has been missing from this team,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt.
Sophomore guard Malik Albert, Mott’s leading scorer, finished with 13 points.
Mott’s William Abbott did not play against Kirtland. The 6-7 redshirt freshman has been suspended after violating a team rule. There is no word on a timetable for return.
Mott will be back in action Wednesday night on the road at Schoolcraft (10-6). The game tips at 7:30 p.m.
|Wayne County||6-0||1.000||12-2||.857||—||5-1||4-1||3-0||Won 9|
|St. Clair County||2-4||.333||9-8||.529||4.0||4-3||3-5||2-0||Won 1|
|Henry Ford||1-4||.200||6-9||.400||4.5||4-4||2-5||0-0||Lost 1|
|Glen Oaks||5-0||1.000||14-2||.875||—||9-1||5-1||0-0||Won 8|
|Kalamazoo Valley||5-1||.833||15-4||.789||0.5||10-1||5-2||0-1||Won 4|
|Grand Rapids||4-1||.800||10-4||.714||1.0||3-2||7-2||0-0||Won 3|
|Lake Michigan||3-2||.600||11-7||.611||2.0||5-4||6-3||0-0||Won 2|