Mott downs Grand Rapids without top guard, Bobby Lewis

Posted: December 6, 2009 by Jared Field in College
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Pretty good win for the Bears without their best guard sophomore Bobby Lewis. From Hotbed Hoops:

FLINT, Michigan — The Mott Community College Bears haven’t dealt with a whole lot of adversity so far this season.

Save for their lone blemish on the road against Kalamazoo Valley, the Bears have been winning games going away.

And then came Saturday.

The Bears were forced to scratch and claw their way to an 81-72 victory over Grand Rapids without two of their top guards, sophomore Bobby Lewis and freshman Demetrius Miller.

Miller was out with bronchitis and Lewis played only six minutes in the game with a lingering bad back.

“I’m much more concerned about Bobby than Demetrius,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt. “His back has been an ongoing problem and my heart just breaks for him. I told him that he’s going to be our best player again this season, somehow. It hurts us because he’s our leader.”

burton.jpgMott sophomore Deon Rice said he wasn’t nervous about the game; he had confidence that the bench would pick up the slack for his ailing teammates.

“We just had to step it up with our players coming off the bench,” Rice said. “(Bobby) will be there in the long run.”

Mott failed to score in the game’s first five minutes and trailed 11-0 before finally getting on the board after a 3-pointer from freshman guard Marshawn Norris.

The Bears’ guards, some of whom weren’t accustomed to playing early in games, had issues taking care of the ball as Mott fell further into a 17-5 hole.

Norris got the Bears off and running again at the 12-minute mark of the first half with a steal and basket in transition. After a tip slam by sophomore forward Torian Oglesby, Rice capped off a 12-0 run with a 3-pointer to draw the teams even with 10 minutes left in the half.

The Raiders (4-2) proved resilient and took back the lead with consecutive 3-pointers and managed to hold off a late run by Mott to lead by three at the break.

“I was impressed with how they we were able to compete,” said Schmidt of Grand Rapids. “They came in here and out-competed and out-hustled us in the first half.”

All that changed in the second half, as Schmidt’s team rode the frontcourt to victory. Five minutes in to the second half, Mott took its first lead on a basket and foul by freshman forward T.J. Cameron, who started his first game for the Bears. Mott led by two, 47-45, and never trailed again.

Rice led the second half charge and finished the game with 20 points, six rebounds and four steals. It was his best performance as a Bear.

“I just realized we had to pick it up a little more,” said Rice, who came off the bench after starting much of the season. “I was taking the shots and making them. I knew we’d get the victory if we picked it up on defense.”

Oglesby and freshman Doug Anderson, Mott’s fan-favorite flyboys, gave the Raiders fits in the second half, scoring on slams in transition and dominating the defensive glass.

Oglesby finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Anderson, who shocked the crowd with a second half dunk reminiscent of something older fans could have seen out of the great David “Skywalker” Thompson. Some in the stands looked like they’d seen a ghost after Anderson elevated with armpits at the rim to slam home one of his three dunks. He finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

“I love those plays,” said Schmidt. “Doug shows us something new every day.”

Schmidt said he’s often reminded of a line from one of his favorite comedies, “Talladaga Nights,” while watching Anderson.

“Will Ferrell would say, ‘that just happened,'” Schmidt joked.

Rice, an elite athlete in his own right, couldn’t believe his eyes.

“It was crazy,” Rice said. “That was the momentum changer.”

Norris added 16 points for Mott.

Sophomore James Thomas led all scorers with 23 points for Grand Rapids.

The Bears (7-1) return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday night against Kellogg at home. They have a quick turnaround and will host no. 1-ranked  Monroe (NY) at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

  1. Basketball Fan Only says:

    Is Doug Anderson a good basketball player or just a good athlete? I saw him play in the state championship last year and I noticed that if it wasn’t a highlight reel play, then there wasn’t a whole lot to his game.

    He gets a whole lot of hype, but I am starting to wonder if he is really a Division 1 player because he looks like he is only about 6’4″ and most his points come off of dunks and putbacks.

    Please provide feedback because I may be wrong.

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