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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)

Chuck Krafft, a Lansing-area writer, covered Tuesday night’s Class C quarterfinal at Owosso on his blog, the Bleacher Denizen. I saw the carnage firsthand as well, but I think the game’s final minute deserves a full-fledged rehash.

First (for the ADHD crowd), here’s the short of it:

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Here’s how Krafft saw it (emphasis is added):

P-W misses a three point shot from the wing.  Kyle Nurenberg grabs the offensive rebound, but P-W misses another three point shot.  Adam Wesley races back on defense to stop Beecher from scoring an easy layup … Quay Burks inbounds the ball to Tommie Johnson for a layup that gives Beecher a 38-31 lead.
Adam Wesley hits a three point shot from the wing to cut the Beecher lead to 38-34 with 53.6 seconds left and stop a Beecher ten point late game run.  Beecher is fouled and misses the front end of a one and one opportunityP-W grabs the rebound, but throws a long pass out of bounds.  Quay Burks is fouled and hits both ends of his one and one opportunity to push the Beecher lead to 40-34 with 36.6 seconds left.
Beecher commits a foul, but it’s only the fifth Beecher foul this half.  P-W has the ball with 29.9 seconds left.  Nick Spitzley jumps forward and draws a foul as he shoots from behind the three point line…
… Spitzley swishes one, two and three free throws to cut the lead to 40-37 with 27.6 seconds left.  Quay Burks is fouled and sinks one of two free throws for Beecher with 25.3 seconds left to give Beecher a 41-37 lead.  Kyle Nurenberg turns, jumps and rattles in a three point shot for P-W to cut the lead to 41-40.  Before I can even finish my note, Nick Spitzley steals the ball and puts it in the hoop to give P-W a 42-41 lead with 4.1 seconds left in the game.

Beecher is only able to heave the ball from half court as the buzzer sounds.

Plenty of P-W fans actually missed what may have been the most improbable comeback they’ll ever see at any level.  If I hadn’t been interested in the game’s final stats, truth be told, I’d have been in the parking lot with them. I think it’s worth pointing out that when Spitzley was fouled on the 3-point attempt, Beecher actually had fouls to give. That’s just another one in a long line of variables that had to go right for P-W and wrong for Beecher to effect this outcome.

Beecher’s head coach, one of the state’s best, had this to say after the game (via @sloc12):

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 8.39.47 AMWilliams told Mlive’s Eric Woodyard that he shouldered the blame for the loss:

“I put it all back on me,” Williams said. “I could’ve called that timeout to get us settled down at the end (after Nurenberg’s shot). With the team that we have, where we came from last year and the way we started this year we have nothing to be ashamed of. These kids played their heart out all year long and gave me everything they had.”

On the bright side for Beecher, the Bucs are among the youngest teams I’ve seen playing in the quarterfinals at any level. Williams returns the vast majority of his roster including Quay Burks and Malik Ellison, two high-impact underclassmen. I’d bet the farm on the Bucs getting back to the Breslin where they belong.

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

Highlights of Mott’s win over Wayne County, 74-58

Posted: February 9, 2014 by Jared Field in High School

No. 8-ranked Mott pummels Henry Ford CC, 97-62

Posted: February 1, 2014 by Jared Field in High School
Mott's Malik Albert poured in 39 points in a win over Henry Ford on Saturday.

Mott’s Malik Albert poured in 39 points in a win over Henry Ford on Saturday.

FLINT, Michigan — Clearly Mott head coach Steve Schmidt has no interest in changing the way he runs his program. Despite not dressing two starters for violation of a team rule, Mott ran roughshod over Henry Ford on Saturday afternoon, 97-62.

“I subscribe to the theory that it’s easy to be average, but it takes hard work to be elite,” said Schmidt, whose team has an anything-but-average 17-4 record this season. “I tell that to my players all the time. For us to have a chance to defend any of our championships from last season, we’re going to have to all work harder. We’re not going to accept being average.”

Average at Mott, one of the nation’s most successful junior college programs, connotes something altogether different.

On Saturday, the Bears played 33 minutes of the best basketball they’ve played all season. The team had a lull in the first half when sophomore guard Malik Albert looked human. The rest of the game, Albert and company were unstoppable.

Mott had four players in double figures including a monster game from Albert, who scored 39 points with five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Sophomore Jamal Reynolds poured in 17 points with 14 rebounds. Ruston Hayward and Lorenzo Collier, both freshmen, added 13 points apiece.

Collier had the play of the game in the second half with a two-handed dunk in traffic (and the foul). He and sophomore Chester McFadden started in place of sophomore Myles Busby and freshman Marcus Johnson who, as mentioned above, did not dress. McFadden left the game early, however, with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

Had it not been for Collier’s dunk, the play of the game would have gone to freshman guard Chase Krager. The walk-on pinned a shot on the glass in the first half and put another against the wall in the second. It was the best all-around performance of the season for the 5-10 Krager (a baseball player by trade).

Marcus Williams led Henry Ford (8-11) with 25 points. The 6-6 sophomore played a hell of a game, but didn’t have much help.

Mott will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the road against Macomb. Mott doubled up the Monarchs in their first meeting back on January 8.