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Mott freshman Malik Young scores at the buzzer to lift Mott to a win over Lansing, 83-81.

Mott freshman Malik Young scores at the buzzer to lift Mott to a win over Lansing, 83-81. (Gerry Leslie photo)

Almost one year ago to the day, Mott Community College went toe-to-toe with rival Lansing at their place. Mott missed a pair of free throws with the game tied, gave the ball back to Lansing and lived to regret it. Devlin Bell’s rebound and putback at the buzzer gave Lansing the victory, 83-81.

Fast forward one year and one day, Mott was up one in the game’s final two seconds — this time in Flint. Lansing split from the stripe to tie the game at 81. That set the stage for the heroics of freshman guard Malik Young. After Darryl LeVert cleared the rebound, Young caught the ball and free-wheeled for about eight seconds before driving left and hitting a runner as the buzzer sounded. Another game, another 83-81 thriller. It was the culmination of a second half resurgence by the Bears highlighted by a pivotal three-pointer from freshman guard Amariontez Ivory-Thomas.

Mott fell behind by as many as 10 points in the second half after trailing by six points at the half. The Bears’ superior depth proved to be the difference maker.

Every player on Mott’s 11-man roster scored at least four points. Freshman guard Joseph Stamps led Mott (4-0) with 15 points and three assists. Young and Ivory-Thomas added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Lansing (2-3), by contrast, is top heavy. The team’s starters were responsible for 68 of the team’s 81 points. Javon Haines led all scorers with 20 points and eight rebounds. Tracy Edmond added 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt will never be disappointed in a win over Lansing. That said, Mott certainly has more to offer their hall of fame head coach on both ends of the floor. The Bears shot 39 percent from the floor and a paltry 20 percent from three-point range in the game.

On the defensive end, the Bears surrendered 45 points in the first half and put the Stars on the foul line 42 times. That said, getting a win over a quality opponent without the ‘A’ game is reassuring. The smart money is on this team continuing to improve and, by the end of the year, being one of the top teams in the country at this level. Bear in mind this is a team without a single returning player from last season.

Mott returns to action on Black Friday at home against Sinclair. The game tips at 7 p.m.

Mott Community College blows out Northwood JV, 92-50

Posted: November 12, 2014 by Jared Field in High School
Mott freshman Justice Green soars for two in the second half against Northwood Wednesday night.

Mott freshman Justice Green soars for two in the second half against Northwood Wednesday night.

If any coach could come away angry from a totally lopsided victory, it’s Steve Schmidt. Mott’s Hall of Fame head coach has made a career out of turning good rosters into great teams with intensity and attention to detail. That said, Wednesday night’s game against Northwood’s JV team won’t make his scrapbook.

Mott (3-0) was uninspired on the defensive end against a team that was overmatched at every position. The Bears surrendered twice as many points as warranted and sleepwalked to victory, 92-50.Mott shot a higher percentage from the field (60 percent) than from the foul line (53 percent). The Bears also turned the ball over 21 times. Daryl Bigham and Malik Young, both freshmen, led Mott with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Reserve freshmen Tommie Johnson added 11 points. Northwood JV, coached by former Delta College head coach Lonnie Griffin, shot 33 percent from the field. Billy Ames led Northwood with 11 points. Mott, now 3-0 on the season, has one respectable win over Kalamazoo Valley bookended by wins over JV teams. We will have a better idea of how good this team is when they meet up with Lansing next Friday night at home.

Mott Community College improved to 2-0 on the season Friday night with a win over Kalamazoo Valley, 84-74. The Bears were led by freshman forward Daryl Bigham, who scored 29 points with 12 rebounds.

Freshman guard Joseph Stamps made his debut for Mott Friday night. He sat out the opener on Tuesday night with an injury. Stamps, one of the top guards in Chicago’s 2014 class, scored 11 points with three assists and three steals. Rod Milton added 12 points.

Mott will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at home against Northwood JV.

FLINT, Michigan — It didn’t take long for basketball fans in Flint to familiarize themselves with the most intriguing prospect on Steve Schmidt’s roster of 11 fresh faces. The player formerly known as “Caris LeVert‘s brother,” it turns out, has his own name and his own game.

Darryl LeVert, Mott’s 6-foot-7 power forward, was dominant at both ends of the floor on Tuesday night, as Mott clobbered Rochester College’s JV squad, 101-60. He scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds in the first half leading the Bears in what turned out to be little more than a well-organized scrimmage. LeVert finished with 13 points on seven shots, 14 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 21 minutes.

Mott started the game on a 30-7 run punctuated by three consecutive baskets from Detroit freshman Daryl Bigham. Former Flint Northern and Beecher standout Tez Ivory-Thomas scored 12 points in the half including 2-for-3 from 3-point range to make the second half little more than a formality. Bigham finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Ivory-Thomas added 16 points and three assists.

The second half played out like a full-fledged practice for Mott as Coach Schmidt made wholesale changes to his lineup, playing every active player on the roster.

Mott’s leading scorer was Worcester, MA product Rod Milton, who scored 20 points on 11 shots with five boards. Milton plays above the rim and will put many in mind of former Mott small forward Ralph Eason. Milton passes the eyeball test. He looks like the real deal.

Former Flint Southwestern standout guard Malik Young struggled at times tonight finishing at the rim, but showed the quickness that will make him a nightmare to defend this season. He scored 13 points on 3-for-9 shooting.

Arguably Mott’s most-heralded prospect, former Chicago Curie guard Joseph Stamps, did not play due to an injury.

Brenden Adams led Rochester with 13 points.

Mott (1-0) will return to action at 7:30 p.m. at home on Friday night against Kalamazoo Valley.


Future Mott Bear Tez Thomas scores three of his game-high 26 points.

Flushing's Alec Myers drives to the basket for two in the first half Thursday night.

Flushing’s Alec Myers drives to the basket for two in the first half Thursday night.

The Flint area’s top seniors took to the court Thursday night for the 22nd annual Bruin Club Classic All-Star game at Ballenger Fieldhouse. Unlike in recent years, the game was exciting and highly-competitive. The crowd was among the largest in the game’s history.

Four future Mott players participated, the most since I’ve been covering the game.

Former Flint Beecher standout Tez Thomas gave Mott fans an eyeful, showing off his inside-outside game. He led all scorers with 26 points en route to game MVP honors for the Gold Team.

Malik Young (Southwestern) and Cam Morse (Carman-Ainsworth) scored 20 apiece for the Black Team.

Marquavian Stephens (Swartz Creek) and Ray Ray Lewis (Southwestern) added 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Black Team.

The most intriguing prospect in the game was future Mott point guard Justice Green. The former Powers and Carman-Ainsworth standout is one of the most fluid and athletic point guards I’ve seen at the high school level. He’s a better prospect than Morse, though with a much slighter build.

The winning coach in the game was former Mott All-American Kevin Tiggs. The 6-4 small forward is now playing professionally in Australia.

The play of the game was an alley-oop from Swartz Creek’s Torandis Mack to Green late in the second half.

Here are the final rosters for Thursday evening’s 22nd Annual Mott Bruin Club Classic All-Star Game. The boys’ game tips at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Come on out and cheer on this impressive group of Flint-area seniors! There are also several unsigned players in this bunch, so it’s a great opportunity for college coaches as well.

The teams will be coached by former Mott National Player of the Year Kevin Tiggs and former MSU forward Antonio Smith.

Gold Team
Justice Green, Guard, Flint C-A
Antonieo McMillion, Guard, Montrose
Tommie Johnson,Forward, Beecher
Tez Thomas, Forward, Beecher
Torandis Mack, Guard, Swartz Creek
Nick Randle, Guard, Grand Blanc
Chauncey Bryant, Forward, Clio
Nick Keller, Forward, Ortonville-Brandon
Alec Myers, Guard, Flushing
D’Monte Johnson, Forward, Bendle
Jamil Demps, Guard, Hamady
Matt Place, Forward, Lapeer West
Coach: Kevin Tiggs
Black Team
Malik Young, Guard, Flint Southwestern
Ray Ray Lewis, Guard, Flint Southwestern
Cam Morse, Guard, Flint C-A
Marquavian Stephens, Forward, Swartz Creek
Malik Taylor, Forward, Montrose
Jaylon Arkwright, Guard, Clio
Major Sattiewhite, Forward, Clio
Dylan Morris, Guard, Ortonville-Brandon
Jaylen Odneal, Guard, Flushing
Andrew Miller, Forward, Davison
Carlos Fordham, Forward, Goodrich
Simeun McGee, Guard, International Academy
Coach: Antonio Smith
The following players have been invited to participate in the 22nd annual Mott Bruin Club Classic All-Star Game in Flint on June 19. The game tips at 8 p.m. in the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium on the campus of Mott Community College. Players should be at the gym at least 30 minutes prior to the opening tip. E-mail me at to confirm your spot on the team:
Malik Young, Flint Southwestern (confirmed)
Ray Ray Lewis, Flint Southwestern (confirmed)
Cam Morse, Flint C-A (confirmed)
Justice Green, Flint C-A (confirmed)
Marquavian Stephens, Swartz Creek (confirmed)
Torandis Mack, Swartz Creek (confirmed)
Antonieo Mcmillion, Montrose (confirmed)
Malik Taylor, Montrose (confirmed)
Tommie Johnson, Beecher (confirmed)
Tez Thomas, Beecher (confirmed)
Nick Randle, Grand Blanc (confirmed)
Jaylon Arkwright, Clio (confirmed)
Chauncey Bryant, Clio (confirmed)
Major Sattiewhite, Clio (confirmed)
Dylan Morris, Ortonville-Brandon (confirmed)
Nick Keller, Ortonville-Brandon (confirmed)
Jaylen Odneal, Flushing (confirmed)
Alec Myers, Flushing (confirmed)
Andrew Miller, Davison (confirmed)
Jamil Demps, Hamady (confirmed)
Simeun McGee, International Academy (confirmed)
Carlos Fordham, Goodrich (Confirmed)
D’Monte Johnson, Bendle (Confirmed)