No. 3-ranked Mott’s state championship hopes dashed by St. Clair, Oakland next

Posted: February 13, 2014 by Jared Field in High School
Mott sophomore Malik Albert's 34 points were not enough against St. Clair Wednesday night.

Mott sophomore Malik Albert’s 34 points were not enough against St. Clair Wednesday night.

I missed out on Mott’s road game versus St. Clair on Wednesday night (I’m still in Florida). Suffice it to say, I didn’t miss much. The two most glaring deficiencies for the Bears this season, free throw shooting and defense, joined together to haunt them in Port Huron. The Bears surrendered 103 points and bricked 21 free throws, losing to the Skippers by three and frittering away any realistic chance of playing for a state title this season.

That’s not a misprint: 21 freebies missed and 103 points given up in a regulation college game.

It was the Bears first loss to the Skippers since I’ve been covering them. Port Huron is always a tough place to play, but Mott always managed to pull out a win (even with less talented teams than this one).

Mott’s leading scorer, sophomore Malik Albert, turned in a huge performance with 34 points, eight assists and five steals. Even so, it was not enough to overcome another ridiculous defensive performance by the Bears.

In Mott’s five losses this year, the Bears have given up 94 points per game. For followers of the program, one built on defensive intensity, that’s simply unthinkable. The team’s lack of care for defense, and its five losses, put the program in rarefied air. Only once in the last decade has a team coached by Steve Schmidt lost more than five games.

Oh, and the next game on the schedule is against Oakland Community College (currently in a tie for first place in the MCCAA Eastern Conferece). The last two games were must-win games for Mott. The Bears beat Wayne and lost to St. Clair. With a state title now out of the question, Saturday’s game versus Oakland is a must-win for an entirely different reason: Is Mott a contender or pretender in 2014?

We will find out on Saturday.

MCCAA Standings

Eastern Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
10 – Wayne County 12-1 .923 18-3 .857 9-1 6-2 3-0 Won 2
10 – Oakland 11-1 .917 21-2 .913 0.5 11-0 7-1 3-1 Won 4
10 – Mott 10-3 .769 19-5 .792 2.0 12-0 7-5 0-0 Lost 1
St. Clair County 7-6 .538 14-10 .583 5.0 7-3 5-7 2-0 Won 1
Schoolcraft 5-8 .385 12-11 .522 7.0 5-4 6-7 1-0 Won 1
Henry Ford 5-8 .385 10-13 .435 7.0 7-6 3-7 0-0 Lost 1
Delta 5-8 .385 10-14 .417 7.0 6-7 3-7 1-0 Lost 1
Macomb 4-9 .308 10-13 .435 8.0 6-6 3-7 1-0 Won 1
Alpena 3-10 .231 5-16 .238 9.0 3-7 2-7 0-2 Lost 1
Kirtland 2-10 .167 6-14 .300 9.5 5-5 1-7 0-2 Lost 3
Western Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
9 – Glen Oaks 11-1 .917 20-3 .870 13-1 7-2 0-0 Won 2
9 – Kalamazoo Valley 9-3 .750 19-6 .760 2.0 11-2 8-3 0-1 Lost 1
9 – Grand Rapids 7-4 .636 14-7 .667 3.5 5-3 9-4 0-0 Won 2
Ancilla 7-4 .636 10-12 .455 3.5 6-6 4-5 0-1 Won 1
Lansing 6-4 .600 16-7 .696 4.0 7-2 7-3 2-2 Won 3
Lake Michigan 7-5 .583 15-10 .600 4.0 6-6 9-4 0-0 Won 2
Jackson 2-9 .182 10-14 .417 8.5 6-9 4-5 0-0 Lost 4
Muskegon 2-10 .167 9-15 .375 9.0 4-7 4-7 1-1 Lost 3
Kellogg 0-11 .000 1-22 .043 10.5 1-4 0-13 0-5 Lost 15
9 – NJCAA District 9 Qualifer
10 – NJCAA District 10 Qualifier
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Comments
  1. JucoJunkie says:

    I was at the game and it was exciting from start to finish. I think what’s happened is that Coach Schmidt and the Mott program have set a high standard of excellence that other schools are attempting to emulate. I’m sure that many of the schools have grown tired of losing badly every time they played Mott. Many years Mott has been much more talented than the rest of the field, but this season has proven to be more balanced. Even though they will miss out on the MCCAA state championship, I’m sure that Coach Schmidt will have the Bears primed for the a run at the district/region championship and another trip to the national tournament.

  2. Jared Field says:

    Hard to say. Sometimes you get a group of kids that just don’t buy in. You can win a lot of games on talent alone, but you can’t win championships with players who don’t play hard all the time. I’d take the Van Dyk kid any day of the week.

  3. JucoJunkie says:

    Yes, I’m very surprised that VanDyk wasn’t recruited out of high school by a lot of D2 schools or better. He’s one of the best all-around players I’ve seen at this level and an even better student and young man.

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