Mott news and notes: Steve Schmidt owns it after Lansing upset

Posted: December 17, 2009 by Jared Field in College
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I’m just a reporter, right? What exactly would I know about a storyline?

I just assumed that Mott’s loss of Torian Oglesby on Wednesday night to the flu was the big story, the obvious lede to Mott’s stunning 75-70 loss to archrival Lansing on Wednesday night.

I guess not. My line of post-game questioning compelled Mott head coach Steve Schmidt to put me right in my place: “That’s not the story.”

The story, he went on to tell me, was that a depleted roster full of kids who simply wanted it more beat his team in its own gym.

That’s called owning it, folks. It’s why he’s one of the most respected coaches in the state at any level.

As for the nuts and bolts of the game, clearly the loss of Mott’s most productive player this season, sophomore Torian Oglesby, contributed to the way the Bears played against Lansing. That being said, after a 24-point win in November against Lansing, I think everyone was surprised by the outcome.

I was most impressed with Lansing’s resilience. At no point in the game did the Stars lose their cool, even after Mott evaporated their early 12-point advantage. That’s just good coaching.

Sophomore Joe Powers is a great player and really showed off his inside/outside game. He hit a couple of really clutch shots down the stretch including a back-breaking triple with the game tied in the final two minutes.

How good would this team be with sophomore Willie Brown?

News and Notes

  • Failing chemistry: Mott is starting to look like a college version of Flint Northern: Too many players and not enough basketballs. With 10 first-year players, Schmidt knew he was going to have to wage un uphill battle this season. That being said, I’m surprised that so few have bought into the system.
  • Tough Schmidt: I don’t see the same Mott toughness that I’ve seen in years past. I see some players who would rather get their games off and lose than play only 10 minutes and win. Mott has already lost one player to attrition (freshman guard Kimani Boynton), and I wouldn’t be surprised if they lost another. Schmidt doesn’t play that.
  • Uh ‘O’: How important is Torian Oglesby? He currently is second on the team in scoring, second in field goal percentage, and leads the team in rebounding and blocked shots. With Oglesby doubtful for Friday’s game versus Owens, no one would be surprised if the Bears lost consecutive games for the first time in three years.
  • First start: Freshman guard Demetrius Miller got his first start of the season and scored 15 points. Miller has the talent to be the Bears’ best on the ball defender and he has shown flashes this season of being that stopper Schmidt is looking for. Miller was on the outside looking in at Mott’s backcourt at the start of the season, but has made a habit of outplaying Sam Burton and Marshawn Norris over the past few games.
  • I ran into Jackson coach Steve Finamore at the game last night. I’m pretty sure Finamore logs more miles traveling to games than any junior college coach in Michigan.
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