Mott falls to Henry Ford 62-61 in final seconds

Posted: March 5, 2010 by Jared Field in College

FLINT, Michigan — Mott fans had seen this before. It was one year ago that the Bears let a significant second-half lead slip away in the regional playoffs. It was in the same gym against the same team.

On Friday night, Henry Ford overcame a nine-point second half deficit to win 62-61 over no. 3-ranked Mott.

Henry Ford nearly shot the lights out in the first 10 minutes, shooting 70% from the field and leading by as many as 14. Mott knocked the rust off in the next 10, outscoring Henry Ford 22-7 to lead by four at the half.

Mott extended its lead in the second half to nine points, despite getting almost no production out of its starting five. The Bears had leads of six and seven points on numerous occasions, but could never fend off the Hawks whose late charge was led by sophomore forward Renaldo Wallace. He scored six of his 12 points in crunch time and came up with a huge block in the final three minutes. He also had seven rebounds.

Mott, down one, had a chance to win the game but a floater by Sam Burton and a putback by Deon Rice came up short.

Freshman Jamie Stewart was awesome as well. He scored 19 points on 14 shots. Christian Moon added 14 points.

Mott’s starters were nothing short of awful in this game, shooting a combined  6-for-28 from the floor. They scored 17 points total. Mott’s bench, led by freshman Mike Brigham, had 44 points. Brigham scored 15 points with 10 rebounds to lead Mott.

Most disappointing was the play of sophomore Torian Oglesby and freshman Doug Anderson. The “Fly boys” had their wings clipped tonight. They scored a combined four points on 2-for-9 from the floor (both dunks) and had a total of eight rebounds. Anderson played only 12 minutes all night.

I must say that even though I’m a Flint guy (read Mott homer), I absolutely love the way Henry Ford plays. They’re winners and they just don’t quit. It’s mental toughness, something Mott’s young team will have to develop before next season.

In the undercard, St. Clair beat Oakland in a close one. It wasn’t a fair fight, however, as Oakland’s Kevin Grayer, arguably the best player in the conference, sprained his ankle midway through the first half and never returned.

Henry Ford will play St. Clair tomorrow at 3 p.m.

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Comments
  1. PJR says:

    Good Job HFCC fellas! Defense wins championships! That’s two “upset” wins in the District 9 Semis and one “upset” win in the District 8 Semis! Just goes to show how tough this MCAA JuCo league has been frankly! Now will there be another “upset” in each of the finals? Better bring your A game!

  2. PJR says:

    This comment above belong on Mr. B article. Sorry!

  3. PJR says:

    UpsetVille In JuCoLand!

    SC4 Beats HFCC! So SC4 beats both Oakland CC and HFCC and heads to Danville for the NJCAA National tournament. Who’d of thunk that! Keon Arkwright and the Flint Family on his team are the story of this NJCAA District 9

    GRCC Beats Glen Oaks CC! So how about equal applause for GRCC, who in District 8 playoff action beat a ranked Lansing CC and a top ranked Glen Oaks CC to get a bid to the nationals!

    WOW! Another GREAT year of JuCo action! Sounds like the Flint Mott folks put on another dandy tournament, and some of the games like HFCC vs Mott had standing room only crowds. That should happen all season. If only some of the area paper would cover their area JuCo team, and folks would know about it and go check it out, I am sure a strong fan base would result statewide. Frankly JuCo is probably the most undervalued!

    Kudos to the http://WWW.MRSN.US fellas, they do a great job and I really enjoy listening to their play by play and color commentary, and the very solid post game interviews with the coaching! NICE JOB!

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