Mott survives scare in opener versus Jackson, 83-69

Posted: November 6, 2010 by Jared Field in College

FLINT, Michigan — The no. 2-ranked Mott Community College Bears survived a scare from upset-minded Jackson on Saturday night, pulling away late to win 83-69.

The Bears led by six at halftime and actually trailed for a few possessions in the second half. After the Jets tied the game midway through the second half, sophomore forward Doug Anderson led Mott on a 19-3 run to put the game away.

Anderson led all scorers with 26 points on 13 shots. Sophomore Leviante Davis scored 14 points on six shots and led the team with eight boards. Sophomore point guard Demetrius Miller added 14 points. Davis’ production was particularly timely for Mott as its All-American candidate Mike Brigham had his worst showing as a Bear — six points on 2-for-8 shooting and six rebounds.

Jackson was led by freshman forward James Johnson, who scored 18 points with four rebounds. Sophomore Jalen Jarrett added 17 points with five assists. Johnson, who prepped at Saginaw Heritage, looks like he has put on 10 pounds of muscle since last season. He has the potential to be a pretty solid shooting guard prospect after two years at Jackson.

This Jackson team has more talent than its predecessors, going back several years. They are going to make some noise in the MCCAA this season. The biggest obstacle at the start of the season for every coach has already been cleared by first-year head coach John Willis. His players really came to play on Saturday night.

There was standing room only at Ballenger Fieldhouse. Coaches from Oakland University and the University of Toledo were there taking in the action. Sophomore Sam Burton, a returning starter in Mott’s backcourt, sat the game out after missing a team workout.

Earlier in the day, Lansing CC beat Henry Ford on the road 103-89.

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