Flyboys: Mott’s forwards prepare for state title game

Posted: February 26, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

Today’s Flint Journal profiled Mott’s “big three” forwards, freshmen Doug Anderson and Mike Brigham and sophomore Torian Oglesby.

The Bears (25-3) are preparing for their matchup with Glen Oaks Community College on Saturday at 3 p.m. The two teams will compete for the MCCAA state championship in Centreville, Michigan.

Mott is the no. 1 seed in next weekend’s regional playoffs in Flint. The Bears, ranked no. 3 nationally, earned the bye into the final four.

Prediction: Mott by 10. The Bears just have too much talent and have played a schedule that no other team in the midwest can equal.

  1. JucoJunkie says:

    I agree. Mott should win both the state and regional championships, but not without a fight. Their biggest opponent is themselves – will they maintain the desire and avoid a letdown like last year? But my money is on Coach Schmidt keeping them motivated and focused on playing each game one at a time.

  2. JucoJunkie says:

    What happened to Henry Ford CC? I just saw on the MCCAA web site that they now have 7 league losses and are in 4th or 5th place. Did they have to forfeit some games due to an ineligible player? That shakes up the standings and tournament seedings.

  3. Jared Field says:

    I believe they had to forfeit four or five games because of an ineligible player.

  4. A Coggins says:

    Any idea who the player was? It cost them four games after the new year. It looks like it was a “2nd semester” type of situation, where the player did not make the grade (no pun intended) first term.

  5. sp says:

    To say that Motts biggest opponent is themselves in a year where the league is as tough as it is really doesn’t make much sense. You could make a strong argument that HFCC has just as much talent and that OCC has the best player on the floor when Mott plays these teams. Jucojunkie you make it seem like Mott has the most talent by far, if that were the case they would be undefeated. I truly think that the national tournament birth could be won by 4 different teams this year, and it should be outstanding to watch. Don’t think that Mott can only beat themselves, a good shooting night by any of the other big three teams and they could just as easily lose.

    • Jared Field says:

      Mott is almost all freshmen.

      Further, I don’t think Kevin Grayer scored in double-figures in either of his game’s versus Mott.

    • PJR says:

      Agree four teams could have a shot. It’s whoever gets on a roll and believes, and plays defense. Last year the same thing was said and folks poo pooed that, and Henry Ford wasn’t even considered one of the four but beat the three top teams in a row to take it! Should be another good year!

  6. sp says:

    There are no freshmen at this time of year

  7. sp says:

    Furthermore, I’m sure Jared will tell me how much better Norris, Miller, etc are now than when Mott was taking their losses early in the year since they were freshmen. However, so are Stewart, Moon and Gupton for HFCC and Andre Johnson for OCC so it all equals out. I just think the Mott fans should be a little wary of saying that the only way Mott will lose is if they beat themselves, because if they do lose I don’t want to see all the crying on this board, I’d much rather see respect given to whoever comes out of the best conference in the country to represent it at Nationals.

  8. JucoJunkie says:

    In my opinion, Mott does have the most talent. By far? No. That’s evident by the fact they lost 3 games. My favorite team is SC4, but I’m objective enough to know that they are a longshot. Yes, HFCC or Oakland CC could win the title, too. I just think that Mott has the most complete team and best coach. But games are won on the court, so we should all enjoy next week’s games and cheer for whoever comes out on top because they’ll represent the region at nationals.

    • PJR says:

      Let’s remember in the head to head of Mott vs HFCC, HFCC destroyed Mott at home and then lost by a little in the rematch at Mott. Now another important point to ask is how come these playoff games are always played at Mott? That’s kind of an unfair advantage really. Why not find a neutral court like Cobo or Calahan or whatever?! that’d be the fair thing to do!

  9. JucoJunkie says:

    Well, apparently you can forget about Henry Ford. I just saw on the MCCAA web site that they had to forfeit all but one of their league games. Anyone know any details? It’s a shame that they won’t get a chance to defend their title.

    • PJR says:

      That’s just terrible! What a bummer for those fellas! From a #1 in the nation to last in the conference and no playoff berth. That’s a jagged pill to swallow! Feal sorry for the HFCC players! Also really bummed because the JuCo bracketology and Finals matchup looked like an HFCC vs Mott rubber game! A real shame!!

  10. JucoJunkie says:

    I e-mailed Todd Hess at MCCAA and he said that the tournament is bid upon by the schools. Some schools, like SC4, either don’t have a large enough facility or don’t bid on it for whatever reason.

  11. sp says:

    WOTS is that HFCC forfeits are still pending njcaa investigation and will be solved before tuesday so don’t rule them out just yet.

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