Mott sophomore Lorenzo Collier soars for a score in the second half against Triton. (Mike Tews photo)

Mott sophomore Lorenzo Collier soars for a score in the second half against Triton. (Mike Tews photo)

FLINT, Michigan — Two of the top junior college basketball programs in the Midwest locked horns on Friday night in Flint. Just as one might expect, it went down to the wire. The game featured seven ties and nine lead changes. It finished with an impressive win for the undefeated Bears, 73-67.

Mott, fresh off an important win over Muskegon on Wednesday night, didn’t play particularly well against a much bigger Triton squad. The Bears used their speed in the open court to score in transition and to get to the foul line, but easy baskets were nowhere to be found. These are two very good teams.

The game was tied at 34 at the half.

The turning point in the game came with 90 seconds left. After a 3-pointer by Triton’s Greg Carter cut Mott’s lead to six, Mott sophomore guard Jalen Adams buried a 3-pointer of his own on the ensuing possession as the shot clock expired. The teams traded baskets, free throws and timeouts the rest of the way.

The triple by Adams was the high water mark in an otherwise forgettable game for the 6-5 shooting guard. He scored 11 points on 3-for-14 from the field. He wasn’t alone, however, as the Bears shot just 33 percent from the field as a team.

For the second straight game, freshman Diandre Wilson led all scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds. Cedric Moten and Lorenzo Collier scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. Percell Washington led Triton (3-1) with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bears (4-0) will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night on the road against rival Lansing CC. If the Bears win against the Stars, they will almost certainly be ranked in the next NJCAA poll.

At the conclusion of the game, Triton head coach Steve Christiansen told Mott coach Steve Schmidt that he’d see him in Danville. Let’s hope he’s right.

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‘Statement game’: Mott runs past Muskegon, 93-79

Posted: November 12, 2015 by Jared Field in College
Mott freshman Jalen Fykes throws down a reverse dunk in the first half Wednesday night.

Mott freshman Jalen Fykes throws down a reverse dunk in the first half Wednesday night. (Michael Tews photo)

FLINT, Michigan — What a difference a year makes. Just nine months removed from his worst season as a head coach in two decades, Mott head coach Steve Schmidt got his swagger back. Mott (3-0) had its first big test of the season on Wednesday night against Muskegon, one of the top teams in the MCCAA.

The Bears passed with flying colors, cruising past the Jayhawks, 93-79.

“I thought that was a statement game for our program,” said the hall of fame coach. “They (Muskegon) may well be the best team in the western conference.”

Lansing, Mott’s opponent next week, may have something to say about that. But, suffice it to say, Muskegon is really athletic and loaded with experience.

The Bears led early thanks to the strong play of 6-3 sophomore guard Lorenzo Collier, who came off the bench and had himself a game. He scored 17 points including two straight pull-ups to put Mott up six early in the first half. (Collier actually played for the Bears two seasons ago before taking last year off. He is one of only three sophomores on Mott’s roster.)

The Jayhawks, led by sophomores Aaron Sydnor and Will Robertson, hung around for the entire half, scoring at the buzzer cut Mott’s lead to two, 38-36.

To put it mildly, the second half featured wild swings of momentum for both teams. Mott led by 10 with 11 minutes left in the game. Two and a half minutes later, the Bears’ lead was down to one. Two and a half minutes after that, Mott led by 16. That’s not a misprint.

The Bears’s final run was led by 6-3 freshman guard Diandre Wilson, who stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, five assists, five boards and six steals. He scored six points in a span of less than 30 seconds to put the game away with five minutes left. The exclamation point on the win came late on a ridiculous alley-oop to sophomore Jalen Adams, a D-1 transfer from St. Bonaventure. Adams scored 15 points with four rebounds and three assists.

That was one of many dunks on the night from a team that, at least on the surface, looks to be Mott’s most athletic bunch since the days of Doug Anderson and Torian Oglesby (the “fly boys”). The best dunk of the night came early, a rather shocking slam in transition from freshman Aaryon Davis, generously listed at 5-10.

Former Flint Beecher all-stater Cedric Moten started for the Bears, scored 13 points and showed the ability to stop the ball. He may well be the “glue guy” that Schmidt has always featured on his championship teams. He’s not as athletic as former Bear TJ Cameron (Kalamazoo Central), but he brings a lot of the same qualities to the program.

If the first three games of the season are any indication, this is a team that will win games by out-running and out-jumping their opponents. It’s going to be a little different than Mott’s great teams of the past; but, if this group stays together, they will win a lot of games.

The Bears have a quick turnaround this week, as they welcome Triton College (Illinois) to Ballenger Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Triton is also 3-0 including a recent win over Cincinnati State. Listen to the game live online at

Mott's Malik Albert signed with Creighton University last month.

Mott’s Malik Albert signed with Creighton University last month.

Malik Albert, among the most electrifying athletes to ever come out of Mott Community College, resurfaced at Creighton University last month. Albert was off the radar after a year away from competitive basketball to work on his academic credentials.

Albert, a 6-2 combo guard from Detroit, is among the most prolific scorers during head coach Steve Schmidt’s tenure at Mott. Only Jeremie Simmons (Ohio State) scored more points in his career at Mott than Albert (1,248).

This week, Albert was profiled in the Omaha World-Herald (

Albert is one of the 18 Division II junior college All-Americans who have played for Schmidt in his 24 seasons at Mott. Though the coach is proud of what Albert achieved on the court, Schmidt is even more impressed by what he did off it.

After two seasons at Mott, Albert had to sit out last season to finish up academic requirements for his associate degree.

“I’m very proud of him for persevering through the academic challenge,” Schmidt said. “He earned this opportunity. In this day and age, a lot of people cut corners and take shortcuts.

“Malik didn’t. He stayed the course and he earned his degree. That’s quite an accomplishment, given how challenged he was academically three years ago. It wasn’t because he didn’t have the capability but he didn’t take his academics seriously. I proud he’s now in a position to take the next step.”

It’s tough to call Albert an underachiever at Mott, based on his team’s winning percentage and his personal accolades. That said, Albert is a very rare athletic talent who just needed some more time to get his life together. I think anyone who watched him for two years at Mott would agree that his best basketball is ahead of him. He’s had the tools; add the desire and the sky’s the limit.

And if you’re curious, the reporter put Albert’s vertical jump at over 40 inches.

Former Flint Hamady standout and future Mott Bear, Jalen Fykes, throws down a tip slam in the first half on Friday night. Fykes also caught an alley oop on the game's first play. (Mike Tews photo)

Former Flint Hamady standout and future Mott Bear, Jalen Fykes, throws down a tip slam in the first half on Friday night. Fykes also caught an alley oop on the game’s first play. (Mike Tews photo)

FLINT, Michigan — Beecher’s all-state and state champion small forward Cedric Moten scored 24 points Friday night to lead the Black Team to victory in the 23rd annual Bruin Club Classic at Mott Community College, 116-114. The game featured 26 of the Flint area’s top graduated seniors coached by former Mott National Player of the Year, Kevin Tiggs, and former MSU standout Antonio Smith.

The packed house at the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium got their money’s worth — 230 points and double-digit dunks.

Moten did for the Black Team what he’d become known for at Beecher: he’s everywhere all at once. It’s easy to spot Moten at a moment’s notice — just find the ball.

For the Gold Team, Davison standout and future Lewis University big man Frank Vukaj was a beast offensively. He had several dunks and one impressive block on a clear out. He’s a rare bird for these parts — a skilled big man. He scored 28 points in a losing effort.

The game also featured two of the state’s highest flyers, Northwestern’s Rashad Johnson and Hamady’s Jalen Fykes. The latter actually climbed the ladder on the first possession of the game for a highlight dunk. Johnson, for his part, poured in 28 points to share game-high honors with Vukaj.

Johnson’s teammate from Northwestern, Deonte Hopkins, scored 20. Flint Southwestern’s top player, Neshua Wise, added 18. Beecher’s sharpshooter Sammy Toins scored 19 and Southwestern’s Quavon Trawick added 14.

Holly’s standout guard and future SVSU Cardinal Jake Daniels missed the game due to an illness.

Game MVPs

Black Team: Cedric Moten

Gold Team: Frank Vukaj

tezHere are the invitees for the 23rd Annual Mott Bruin Club Classic to be held Friday, June 26 at Mott Community College in Flint. This game will feature the Flint area’s top seniors. The teams will be coached by former Mott National Player of the Year Kevin Tiggs and former MSU forward Antonio Smith.

If your name is on this list, please send an e-mail to to confirm your spot in the game. You can also confirm via direct message to @jaredfield1 on Twitter.

We also have a list of alternates for this game in case there are players who cannot attend.

Players should arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. on game day for an 8 p.m tip. 

Sean Corcoran – Powers Catholic (Confirmed)
Jalen Fykes – Hamady (Confirmed)
Damon Harper – IAF (Confirmed)
Deonte Hopkins – Northwestern (Confirmed)
Tyrone Hunter – Powers Catholic (Confirmed)
Rashad Johnson – Northwestern
Daryl Jones – Northwestern (Confirmed)
Reyes Luna-Payne – IAF
Dennis Towns – Powers
Frank Vukaj – Davison (Confirmed)
Brandon Davis – Clio (Confirmed)
Elijah White – Hamady
Travis Rose – GCS (Confirmed)
Marquail Montgomery – Atherton (Confirmed)
Coach of the GOLD – Kevin Tiggs
Tre’Von Avery – Grand Blanc (Confirmed)
Jake Daniels – Holly (Confirmed)
Bryce Jenkins – Kearsley
Josh Moore – SWA
Cedric Moten – Beecher (Confirmed)
Bryan Pollard – Grand Blanc (Confirmed)
Jake Schroer – Grand Blanc (Confirmed)
Juwan Evan – Carman-Ainsworth (Confirmed)
Sammy Toins – Beecher (Confirmed)
Quavon Trawick – SWA (Confirmed)
Cap Wilson – Goodrich (Confirmed)
Logan Mowry – GCS (Confirmed)
Neshua Wise – SWA (Confirmed)
Coach of the BLACK – Antonio Smith


Mott's Steve Schmidt coached his program to its 19th consecutive 25-win season on Tuesday night.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt.

In the not-too-distant past, Mott Community College was 5-0 and poised to prove the doubters, who didn’t think they could live up to the program’s reputation, wrong. Steve Schmidt’s team did not have a single returning player — one sophomore transfer and 10 freshmen. The team played its last game with seven players including two late-addition walk-ons.

He had talent, albeit unknown and unproven.

Three months later, with a roster decimated by self-inflicted injuries, the season came to an untimely end Tuesday night in Bay City: a 59-56 loss to Delta College in the opening round of the District 10 Tournament. His roster is now known and unproven.

My records don’t go back far enough to find out when the last time Mott wasn’t playing basketball on the tournament weekend. Suffice it to say, this never happens.

This was the team’s third loss to the Pioneers this season.

The Bears finished the season with a 16-12 record. This season snaps an incredible streak of 19 consecutive seasons of 25 or more wins. (Schmidt had 21 consecutive seasons of 20 or more wins.)

“This is just kind of fitting, how we ended the season,” Schmidt told MRSN’s Bill Schnorenberg after the game. “I had a kid quit prior to the game, our best player (Daryl Bigham). We have rules and standards: simple stuff. I hope these guys will learn that wherever you go in life, there are rules. You have to follow the rules.”

Another starter, Rod Milton, couldn’t follow the rules and sat in the stands.

Fitting, indeed: the four most-talented players on Schmidt’s roster starting the season, didn’t make it to season’s end. A couple didn’t make it to the quarter pole.

“This has probably been my most frustrating as a coach,” he said. “I’m proud to wear Mott on my shirt. I’m proud of what this program stands for … we just weren’t championship caliber. We’re going to have to work harder, but Mott will be back. We set the standard at the JUCO level, and I really believe that. We’re down, but not out.”

Schmidt said he takes full responsibility for his decision not to bring back any players from the 2013-14 team that finished 25-6 after a loss in the District 10 semifinals to Oakland almost a year ago to the day. I called that “probably the worst season in a decade.” I wasn’t exaggerating, based on the program’s unprecedented run of success. There’s little doubt that this is the worst season in Schmidt’s career. There’s even less doubt that Schmidt will circle the wagons, get back on the trail and re-focus on what made his program great in the first place

I will publish a complete post-mortem on the season in the coming weeks Until then, trust that this team (and this program) will look a lot different next season. The revival starts tomorrow morning.

Mott Community College had one job on Wednesday night: Beat Macomb and secure a home game in the first round of the MCCAA District 10 Tournament next Tuesday night.

The Bears, as they have all season, failed to play a complete game and ultimately fell to the Monarchs, 62-57. With the win, Macomb earns the fourth seed in the District 10 Tournament and will host Wayne County on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The Bears earned the sixth seed and will travel to Delta Tuesday night to play the Pioneers at 7:30 p.m. Delta just this month completed a regular season sweep of the Bears for only the second time in school history.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt was even more candid than normal after the game. He told MRSN’s Bill Schnorenberg that, in essence, what you see is what you get.

“I hoped to see the guys play with more passion and effort,” he said. “I hope they would really compete to give our fans another home game. We have great fans … I just have to come to the realization that this is who we are at this point.”

The Bears led by as many as nine points in the first half but could not push the lead to double digits. Mott still held the lead with three minutes left in the first half, but were taken to school from that point. The Monarchs went on a 20-4 run that spanned two halves. The Bears were held scoreless for nearly five minutes.

Mott (16-11) trailed by as many as 14 in the second half before sprinting out on a 10-3 run of their own to cut the lead to two. The Bears failed to take care of the ball and could not get any closer than down three points from that point.

Daryl Bigham led the Bears with 15 points and 13 rebounds, though he did most of his damage early on. Malik Young added 13 points. Mott sophomore Darryl LeVert drew his fourth foul early in the second half and was a non-factor for most of the game.

Mott’s game against Delta on Tuesday night can be heard live on starting at 7:30 p.m. The winner will move to the semifinals (also at Delta) to take on the winner of the Alpena-Oakland game.

Mott freshman Daryl Bigham.  (Gerry Leslie photo)

Mott freshman Daryl Bigham. (Gerry Leslie photo)

FLINT, Michigan — Mott Community College (16-10) is one win away from a golden opportunity, a fresh start after a forgettable 2014-15 campaign thus far. After breezing through St. Clair on Monday night at home, the Bears will take on Macomb Wednesday night on the road. In their first contest, the Bears beat Macomb in dramatic fashion by four, 71-67. The stakes are higher this time around.

Assuming Wayne County loses to Oakland (and they probably will), the winner of the game between the Monarchs and the Bears will earn the fourth seed in the District 10 Tournament next week — and, most importantly, a home game in the opening round.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt believes his team will be focused and ready for the task.

“I’m planning on our team traveling to Macomb and playing as hard as we have all year,” Schmidt said. “It will be quite a challenge for us.”

The Monarchs are a different team now than when they played, and lost, to Mott back in January. After losing six straight games, Macomb has won four of its last five games. Mott, on the other hand, has surrendered four of its last six games.

The Bears will need inspired performances by their frontline scorers, Daryl Bigham and Darryl LeVert. The pair don’t often share the spotlight, but Wednesday would be a good time to try it out.

Strangely, Mott might not be done with Macomb even after Wednesday night’s game. The teams could very well meet in the first round of the playoffs, depending on how the tiebreakers shake out, on Tuesday night.

Wednesday night’s game will be broadcast live on starting at 7:30 p.m.

2014-15 Men’s Basketball Standings
Eastern Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
#, 10 – Schoolcraft 14-1 .933 25-3 .893 14-0 10-2 1-1 Won 14
10 – Oakland 12-3 .800 18-7 .720 2.0 10-2 6-3 2-2 Won 3
10 – Delta 10-6 .625 17-12 .586 4.5 9-6 8-6 0-0 Lost 1
10 – Mott 8-7 .533 16-10 .615 6.0 12-4 4-6 0-0 Won 1
10 – Wayne County 8-7 .533 15-11 .577 6.0 6-4 6-6 3-1 Won 1
10 – Macomb 8-7 .533 14-12 .538 6.0 7-6 6-4 1-2 Won 1
10 – Alpena 4-11 .267 8-15 .348 10.0 2-7 5-6 1-2 Lost 2
St. Clair County 2-13 .133 9-18 .333 12.0 5-8 4-9 0-1 Lost 9
Henry Ford 2-13 .133 7-18 .280 12.0 3-9 4-8 0-1 Lost 1
Western Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
9 – Lake Michigan 11-4 .733 20-8 .714 11-4 8-4 1-0 Lost 1
9 – Lansing 11-4 .733 19-9 .679 13-2 6-6 0-1 Won 6
9 – Muskegon 10-5 .667 20-7 .741 1.0 12-0 7-7 1-0 Lost 1
9 – Grand Rapids 10-6 .625 16-10 .615 1.5 10-3 6-7 0-0 Won 1
9 – Kalamazoo Valley 8-7 .533 13-15 .464 3.0 7-7 5-6 1-2 Lost 3
9 – Ancilla 7-8 .467 16-12 .571 4.0 11-4 5-7 0-1 Lost 1
Glen Oaks 4-11 .267 11-15 .423 7.0 8-4 3-11 0-0 Lost 1
Jackson 4-11 .267 10-17 .370 7.0 8-7 2-10 0-0 Won 1
Kellogg 3-12 .200 4-20 .167 8.0 1-6 3-11 0-3 Won 1
# – Conference Champion
9 – NJCAA District 9 Qualifer
10 – NJCAA District 10 Qualifier

Mott’s game at Delta College on Saturday is an 8 pm tip

Posted: February 20, 2015 by Jared Field in High School

FLINT, Michigan — Mott’s game on Saturday, February 21, at Delta College will be an 8 pm tip. This is a departure from the normal 3 pm start time. The women’s game will tip at 6 pm.

Mott (15-9) is looking to make amends for its first loss at home to Delta (16-11) since the Paleolithic Era. This is a must-win for the Bears, currently in fourth place in the MCCAA Eastern Conference. Mott must maintain that fourth spot in order to secure a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

Mott’s leading scorer, Daryl Bigham, will be back in the lineup for the Bears after missing a couple weeks with an illness.

FLINT, Michigan — The stars seemed to be aligned for the biggest upset of the MCCAA season on Wednesday night in Flint as Mott hosted no. 1-ranked Schoolcraft College. It didn’t happen, as the Ocelets rode hot shooting from the foul line to win their 13th straight, 79-71.

“That was probably our best team performance of the year, in spite of the loss,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt. “They answered the bell tonight against a really good team, one of the best in the country. I’m proud of that effort. If we had played that hard all year, we’d be right there in this thing.”

Instead, the Bears are now scratching and clawing just to get a home playoff game. A win over Delta on Saturday would go a long way toward securing the fourth seed and a home game in the first round.

The unranked Bears led the top-ranked Ocelots by six at the half and had the larger share of the game’s momentum. Everything pointed to an upset. That all changed just one minute into the half.

Mott’s 6-8 sophomore forward Darryl LeVert, who narrowly made it through the first half with only two fouls, slapped a dead ball out of the hands of a Schoolcraft player and was whistled for a technical foul, his third. The game turned precisely at that moment. Two minutes later, after a 10-3 Schoolfcraft run, the Bears’ lead had disappeared.

The Bears managed to dictate the flow of the game in the first half, milking clock on the majority of their possessions. In the second, Schoolcraft took advantage of Mott’s sloppy play on offense. The Bears turned the ball over 10 times in the half and 19 in the game.

Mott (15-9) briefly held the lead midway through the second half after a 3-pointer by freshman Tommie Johnson. The Bears would not lead again.

The matchup featured three ties, 14 lead changes and an astounding performance by the Ocelots from the foul line —  18-for-18.

Schoolcraft (24-3) guard Ronald Booth led all scorers with 23 points.

Mott had five players in double figures including Rod Milton with 14 points and five rebounds. Malik Young added 12 points and six assists. Former Lapeer West High School standout Matt Place scored 10 points including his first 3-pointer of his college career.

Mott once again played without its best player, freshman forward Daryl Bigham. The team’s leading scorer also missed last Wednesday’s game with an illness. His playing status for Saturday is yet to be determined.

Listen to Mott’s game versus Delta Saturday on starting at 8 p.m.