FLINT, Michigan – Mott Community College improved to 6-2 on the season with a decisive 94-69 victory over visiting Columbus State on Saturday in Flint.

The Bears returned to the friendly confines of Ballenger Fieldhouse after a rough stretch of three road games including Monday’s loss to no. 9-ranked Lansing. Mott finished 2-1 on the trip, with hard-fought wins over Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Valley.

The overmatched Cougars looked like they might stick around in the first half after Mott’s leading scorer, sophomore Diandre Wilson, was whistled for his third foul with nine minutes left before halftime. The Bears responded, led by forwards Marcus Cole and Robert McCalley, and took a 16-point lead into the break.

Wilson (featured in the video above), who scored 61 combined points in the Bears’ last two games, returned in the second half with the game well in hand.

McCalley led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds. Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee added 20. Deon Palmer, an impressive frontline prospect from Fort Wayne, pulled down 11 rebounds.

Mott led by as many as 30 in the second half and had plenty of playing time to dish out to reserve players. You can see the depth of Mott’s roster this season, and it appears to be coming together well, especially on the offensive end. The Bears can score from all over the court, are athletic from top to bottom and have two guards who can fill it up from range.

The Cougars continue their skid, falling to 1-6 on the season.

The Bears will have an opportunity to avenge the Lansing loss on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Ballenger Fieldhouse. The Stars are 6-1 on the season with their lone loss coming against Owens (Ohio), coached by former Mott assistant Dave Clarke.

The game will be broadcast live at MRSN.us or on the TuneInRadio app.

 

 

No. 16-ranked Mott blows out Muskegon, 92-64

Posted: November 11, 2016 by Jared Field in High School

Mott Community College improved to 3-1 on the season after a 92-64 blowout of Muskegon (1-1) on Friday night in Flint.

The Bears led by 16 at the break before exploding for 50 points in the second half. Mott shot 63 percent from the field in the half and 40 percent from three-point range.

Five Bears scored in double figures led by sophomore Diandre Wilson’s 20 points, five assists and five rebounds. Forwards Rob McCalley and Marcus Cole added 18 points apiece. Freshman guards Shawn Pardee and Austin Walker rounded out the scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Daryl Kirkland led Muskegon with 19 points.

Mott will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kalamazoo Valley.

Mott blows out Grand Rapids on opening night, 97-78

Posted: November 1, 2016 by Jared Field in Mott
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Diandre Wilson scores two of his 36 points Tuesday night. (Gerry Leslie, photo)

FLINT, Michigan — It would be hard to envision a better opening night for the 2016-17 Mott  Community College Bears. Head coach Steve Schmidt’s 26th season in Flint started off on a high note, as the Bears overpowered Grand Rapids, 97-78.

Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson, who led the team in scoring last season (20 ppg), didn’t take long to prove that he’s one of the top JUCO guards in the country. Wilson scored inside and out for the Bears, including a couple elite finishes at the basket, en route to a game-high 36 points (17-for-22 from the foul line).

Freshman Shawn Pardee, who a little over a  year ago was lighting up the Tri Valley Conference, scored 18 points in his debut. Pardee is a poor man’s Brad Redford, and that’s a caliber of outside shooter Mott hasn’t had in many years. He’s going to make it awfully hard on teams to play zone on the Bears. Certainly the TVC is not the Detroit PSL, but the kid twice scored 50-plus points in a game. He’s sneaky athletic, too.

Another freshman, Marcus Cole, scored 14 points including four dunks. The play of the game came midway through the first half on a fast break alley oop from Pardee to Cole. He slammed it home in traffic and the Field House went exploded . Mott led by 12 at that point and maintained that lead to halftime.

Grand Rapids cut the lead to as little as seven in the second half, but Wilson and the Bears came roaring back. After Cole’s fourth slam, the Bears led by 17 and rode the foul line to the final buzzer.

The Raiders (0-1) have some size (including a 6-7, 272-pound behemoth, Maxwell Pendergast) and a couple of quick guards from East Kentwood (Arthur Pearson and Jeffrey Drake-Todd), but they couldn’t keep Mott away from the basket on either end of the floor. Their guard tandem combined for more than half of the team’s points (41).

The Bears (1-0) shot 52 percent from the field and had three players (Wilson, Cole and Sidney Mason) with seven or more rebounds. That’s a welcome sign for Mott, a team that struggled at times last season on the glass.

The Bears will hit the road for two games in the Chicago area this weekend against McHenry on Friday night (6 p.m. eastern) and Triton on Saturday (4 p.m. eastern). Triton is ranked no. 2 in the NJCAA national poll after finishing runner-up last season in the national tournament. Both games will be streamed live on the Michigan Regional Sports Network at MRSN.us.

Mott 2016-17 Roster
# Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Pos. From
1 Dedrick Shannon 6-0 175 SO G Chicago, IL
2 Austin Walker 5-10 165 FR G Anderson, SC
4 Marcus Cole 6-4 190 FR G/F Chicago, IL
5 Robert McCalley 6-4 205 SO F Chicago, IL
10 Sidney Mason 6-4 200 FR G/F Chicago, IL
11 Diandre Wilson 6-2 170 SO G Ft. Lauderdale, FL
12 Shawn Pardee 5-10 150 FR G Millington, MI
21 Deon Palmer 6-7 210 FR F Fort Wayne, IN
22 Louis Taborn 6-4 195 FR F Davison, MI
24 Darwin Weis 5-8 150 FR G Detroit, MI
33 Sean Corcoran 6-6 195 SO F Flint, MI
Steve Schmidt – Head Coach – 26th season
Carl Jones – Assistant Coach – 24th season
Tommy Twardecki – Assistant Coach – 1st season
Greg Hamlin – Assistant Coach – 1st season

 

dynamic-dozen-copy-1FLINT, Michigan — Next Friday night (Oct. 21) at Ballenger Field House in Flint, the past will collide with the present at the “Return of the Champions” alumni game. Mott’s 2016-17 team featuring sophomore Diandre Wilson, one of the top JUCO guards in the country, will take on the Bears’ alumni squad including some of the best players in school history.

“We’ve done alumni games in the past, but this might be the best collection of talent we’ve ever had on the floor at the same time,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt.

There are a few other big-time talents on Mott’s current roster that will turn heads this year, including Austin Walker, an all-state guard from South Carolina, local sharpshooter Shawn Pardee (Millington) and Chicago Bogan’s Marcus Cole.

The alumni team is headlined by three former national players of the year, Kevin Tiggs (ETSU), Jeremie Simmons (Ohio State) and Jay Youngblood (Kent State). Most of the players on the alumni squad have had careers overseas and several are still playing professionally.

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Jeremie Simmons

Simmons is in an elite class at Mott, having won national championship rings in each of his two seasons playing for Schmidt.

Tiggs, for his part, is a legend in Flint. In just two years, Tiggs went from relative unknown (having played very little organized basketball) from the north side of Flint to a division one recruit and future pro.
Youngblood’s no slouch, either. There are many longtime Mott fans who still claim he’s the best player to ever wear the black and gold. While Tiggs is a legend in Flint, Youngblood is a star in Lebanon. (He actually played as a naturalized citizen on the Lebanese national team.)
“This is a great opportunity for Mott fans to not only see our new team, but also see some familiar faces from the past,” Schmidt said. “I’m confident my team will compete even though they’re matched up against a bunch of guys who have played the game all over the world.”
Former Mott and University of Detroit forward Doug Anderson, the so-called best street ball dunker in the world, will also play for the alumni squad. Anderson, of TNT’s “Dunk King” fame, won the 2013 College Slam Dunk Contest in one of the most ridiculous displays of athleticism you will ever see.

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Doug Anderson

“If you never got to see Doug during his two years at Mott, you’re in for a treat,” Schmidt said. “We’ve never had a player electrify our gym quite like Doug.”

(His highlights from Mott alone are incredible.)

Joining Anderson are Carlos English (Cleveland State and current member of the Harlem Globetrotters), Greg Hamlin (ETSU), Jesse Bunkley (EMU) and Bobby Lewis (Northwood).

Every player on the alumni roster has won a championship in high school, college or professional basketball.

“This event is symbolic of not only where we’ve been as a program, but where we are going,” Schmidt said. “We have more banners to hang, more champions to develop.”

The game tips at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

Rosters for Bruin Club All-Star Game

Posted: June 22, 2016 by Jared Field in High School

Here are the rosters for the 24th Annual Mott Bruin Club Classic to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at Mott Community College in Flint. This game will feature the Flint area’s top seniors.

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

Black Team

Caleb Carter, Brandon
Jack Monro, Brandon
Tarq Archibald, Brandon

Dedric Hendricks, Atherton
Zach Leedom, Grand Blanc

Trey Edwards, Grand Blanc

Ian Hodges, Holly
Chris Bell, Lake Fenton

Ivan Warren, Southwestern
Tevin Taylor, Southwestern
Tilmen Thompson, Southwestern
Antonio Smith, coach
 

Gold Team

Quay Burks, Beecher
Daeshon Pride, LakeVille

Jamari Thomas-Newell, Beecher

Tyler Deering, Bentley

Logan Plude, Flushing

Malik Smith, Hamady

Shawn Pardee, Millington
Jared Long, Montrose
Eric McGeary, Lapeer
Byron Morse, Lapeer
Brandon Carpenter, Powers
Corey Townsend, Powers
Kevin Tiggs, coach

Please see the list below of invitees to the 24th Annual Mott Bruin Club Classic to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at Mott Community College in Flint. This game will feature the Flint area’s top seniors.

If your name is on this list, please send an e-mail to field.jared@gmail.com 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 p.m. on game day for a 7:30 p.m tip. 

Invitees

Dedric Hendricks, Atherton (confirmed)
Quay Burks, Beecher (confirmed)
Daeshon Pride, LakeVille (confirmed)
Jamari Thomas-Newell, Beecher (confirmed)
Delon Willis, Beecher
Tyler Deering, Bentley (confirmed)
Caleb Carter, Brandon (confirmed)
Jack Monro, Brandon (confirmed)
Tarq Archibald, Brandon (confirmed)
Chris Gilbert, Fenton
Logan Plude, Flushing (confirmed)
Trey Edwards, Grand Blanc (confirmed)
Malik Smith, Hamady (confirmed)
Ian Hodges, Holly (confirmed)
Chris Bell, Lake Fenton (confirmed)
Eric McGeary, Lapeer (confirmed)
Byron Morse, Lapeer (confirmed)
Shawn Pardee, Millington (confirmed)
Jared Long, Montrose (confirmed)
Brandon Carpenter, Powers (confirmed)
Corey Townsend, Powers (confirmed)
Ivan Warren, Southwestern (confirmed)
Tevin Taylor, Southwestern (confirmed)
Tilmen Thompson, Southwestern (confirmed)
 

 

For the past two seasons, one of the top JUCO programs in the country has looked pedestrian at best. A shell of its former self, Mott (19-12) will once again have to regroup after a second consecutive 12-loss season and early ouster in the District 10 tournament.

The Bears were knocked off by Macomb in the semifinal matchup on Friday night at Delta College, 71-66. The Bears struggled throughout the game with inefficiency on offense and miserable shooting from the perimeter. Even after a furious late rally shaved Macomb’s 12-point lead down to one, the Bears simply could not execute in crunch time. It was the Bears’ second loss to the Monarchs this season.

“I’m really proud of that comeback; they hung in there,” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN Radio. “They fought hard these last two weeks … we just didn’t execute the plays well enough to win. But (Macomb) is a good team.”

The Bears had numerous opportunities to tie or take the lead in the final three minutes, but virtually every time the shot rimmed out or the whistle didn’t blow.

Freshman guard Diandre Wilson finished his season with 19 points. Mott’s second-leading scorer (after the loss of Jalen Adams) Lorenzo Collier, managed only eight. Mitch Rubio added nine. Freshman DJ Mayo, Mott’s best outside shooter, did not score.

Schmidt said he hoped his team of mostly freshmen stay committed to the program and dedicate themselves to getting better. Last year’s 12-loss team had very little promise. The players didn’t seem to mesh well and there was an obvious lack of commitment to the program on and off the court. Wilson will more than likely be the odds-on favorite to be the player of the year in the MCCAA. Mayo, in spite of his poor performance, is an offseason of strength and conditioning from being a high-impact player.

This group stands in stark contrast with the 2014-15 team; with a few key recruits, especially in the frontcourt, the Bears could have something special next season. The teams competing for the Eastern Conference championship this season are deeper and much more experienced. By this time next year, that description could be used for Mott.

That said, it’s a long slog for the program to get back to where it was. Bear in mind that Schmidt’s teams won 25 or more games in 19 consecutive seasons before the streak was snapped this time last year. That level of consistency is unparalleled.

Truly, 24 losses in two seasons at Mott just doesn’t seem possible. Add to that Mott’s three-year absence from the NJCAA National Tournament — for more than a decade, it was the program’s second home.

The future of the program boils down to recruiting. If Mott can’t figure out a way to find tough kids who hate to lose, the type of players who made the program great, seasons like this one will become the new normal. Like consecutive 12-loss seasons, that, too, doesn’t seem possible. Mott will be back.

 

 

 

Mott blows out rival Oakland to reach final four

Posted: March 2, 2016 by Jared Field in High School
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Mott sophomore Lorenzo Collier scored 22 points against Oakland Wednesday night.

FLINT, Michigan — Hall of fame head coach Steve Schmidt hasn’t had too many occasions this season to say it, but this time it felt right.

“That was Mott basketball.”

Schmidt’s Bears played their way into the final four of the District 10 tournament on Wednesday night with a 102-81 win over rival Oakland. Mott will take on the winner of the Macomb-Delta game at 5:30 p.m. Friday night at Delta.

“That was a great second half of basketball for us,” Schmidt said after the game. “This is a team that really likes each other … this is March Madness.”

It’s down to a two-game season for the Bears, who look to redeem themselves after a forgettable regular season (for Mott’s standards) that still earned the team a second seed. Schmidt hasn’t been the coach of an underdog many times in his career, so this an exciting opportunity.

It’s a new season; win or go home.

The Bears went down early to Oakland, and actually trailed 14-7 before sprinting out on a 14-2 run. Mott led by as many as 14 in the half before a late Oakland run before the half cut the lead to six.

The second half was owned by Mott. Led by sophomore Lorenzo Collier and freshman Deandre Wilson, the Bears ran roughshod over the Raiders in the half. Wilson was unguardable, scoring at will like a right-handed John Taylor (former Mott All-American).

Wilson (32) and Collier (22) combined for 54 points. Freshman DJ Mayo added 14 points.

In the midst of one of Mott’s second half runs, Schmidt remarked that, now and then, this team shows flashes of what it could be: an uptempo, high-energy offense. With Collier and Mayo showing the ability to consistently hit shots from beyond the arc, Wilson’s aggressive style makes him even more of a threat.

Mott’s frontcourt, which has struggled all season, also had a solid night. Sophomore Mitch Rubio scored 13 points. The former Goodrich High School standout really got the Bears going in the first half after a slow start.

Sophomore forward Matt Place pulled down 10 rebounds and, as in every game, led the team in effort and emotion.

Schmidt started the season with a roster of 12 and he’ll finish with nine. Along the way he lost two starters (Cedric Moten and Jalen Adams) and a key reserve (Jalen Fykes). The Bears showed out early, but fell flat midway through the season. In spite of all the challenges this season, the Bears are two wins away from a birth in the NJCAA national tournament.

With two more wins, this season’s script can be flipped.

Mott improves its record to 19-11 on the season. Oakland ends the season with a 12-17 mark. Oakland’s Kevin Hayes led the Raiders with 30 points.

Mott basketball games are broadcast live on MRSN.us.

 

Mott suffers costly loss to Delta College, 70-59

Posted: February 17, 2016 by Jared Field in College, Mott

FLINT, Michigan — Midway through the second half on Wednesday night, Mott Community College was on the verge of suffering a historic home loss. Down 26 points to Delta College with 12 minutes to go, the Bears risked breaking a record that no one wants to break.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt called a timeout to implore his team to, at least for the rest of the game, pretend to care.

“I want you to play the rest of this game like it’s zero-zero,” he said. “I want you to play like the game is on the line. I don’t know if you have it in you, but I better see something.”

Over the next five minutes, the Bears went on a 12-1 run to cut the lead to 14. They showed something, but it wasn’t enough. The teams traded baskets and free throws for the remainder of the game, and the Pioneers held on for a 70-59 win. The deficit the Bears ran up in the first 30 minutes was too large to overcome.

With the win, Delta improved to 9-5 in conference.

The Bears have now lost four of their last seven games. Going back to last season, Mott has loss four of its last five meetings with Delta.

Mott (16-10) trailed by 14 at the half. The first 20 minutes were eerily similar to the first half against Schoolcraft College on Saturday. The Bears shot less than 25 percent from the field in both halves, taking away any legitimate chance of a comeback.

Mott has five conference losses and is now in a logjam in the MCCAA Eastern Conference. A win would have gotten the Bears close to a home playoff game. The loss gets them closer to a road game in the first round of the District 10 Tournament.

Freshman Diandre Wilson led the Bears with 20 points. Sophomore Lorenzo Collier added 12. Mott played without the services of their second-leading scorer, Jalen Adams, who is nursing an injury.

The Bears will play on the road Saturday at St. Clair, a team also fighting for playoff position. Mott beat the Skippers by 21 at home last month.

Listen to the Mott basketball live on MRSN.us.

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Mott sophomore Lorenzo Collier

FLINT, Michigan –Mott sophomore Lorenzo Collier wasn’t about to let his team overlook Henry Ford CC on Saturday afternoon in Flint. With Mott clinging to a razor-thin margin in the MCCAA Eastern Conference standings, every league game is a must-win from here on out.

Collier, the former Detroit Pershing standout, scored 16 points in the first eight minutes of the game and 34 total to lead the Bears to a surprisingly tight 83-74 win over the Hawks. He connected on seven 3-pointers.

“We’re so proud of Lorenzo,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt. “He’s our hardest working player; he’s our best defensive player, too. It’s great to see players like that rewarded.”

Mott struggled with the Hawks in the first half before a late flurry from, no surprise, Collier put the Bears up by seven at the half.

The Hawks sprinted out on a 6-0 run before the Bears finally took control of the game — at least for a few minutes. After another 3-pointer by Collier and a dunk in transition from freshman Keion Ferrington, the Bears were up nine with 12 minutes left in regulation.

The Hawks once again crawled their way back, ultimately tying the game at 67 with five minutes left. Once again it was Collier who bailed out the Bears with a huge triple from the top of the key. Diandre Wilson nailed another triple on the ensuing possession to finally put the Hawks to bed. It was the exclamation point on a timely 10-0 run by Mott.

“It wasn’t one of our best games, but we will take the win,” Schmidt said. “We’re still a work in progress, but we are one of the top teams in the region.”

Before Mott fans start reading too much into a lackluster performance, bear in mind that the Bears have wins over Muskegon, Schoolcraft and Triton, the current no. 1-ranked team in the country. They also have two narrow losses to Lansing, another team that achieved the no. 1-ranking before losing to Muskegon.

In spite of all the ups and down, the Bears are still in the hunt.

The Bears have one week to prepare for the game that may ultimately make (or break) their season — Saturday’s tilt on the road against Schoolcraft. The Bears are currently one game back in the standings. Schoolcraft has won six straight games.

Ferrington scored 14 points(6-6) with seven rebounds and four assists for the Bears.  Diandre Wilson and Jalen Adams added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Wilson added six assists.

Freshman Deangelo Carlton led Henry Ford (1-18) with 25 points.

Mott’s game versus Schoolcraft will be broadcast on MRSN.us starting at 3 p.m.