I am Sam: Mott’s Sam Burton leads Bears to win over no. 4 Lansing

Posted: December 11, 2010 by Jared Field in College

FLINT, Michigan — There was a glimpse of it Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium.

It was the Sam Burton blurry-eyed Mott fans had been looking for all season. The tenacious, play-making, grinder that Coach Schmidt recruited out of Detroit. The 6-3 sophomore didn’t start the game, but he finished it.

Burton scored 14 points on 10 shots with with seven rebounds to lead the Bears to a come-from-behind win against no. 4-ranked Lansing, 70-64.

The Bears trailed by four at the half and by as many as 11 in the game. Led by forward Vino Ashley and sharpshooter Colin Ward, the Stars looked poised to put Mott away in the second half. Mott cut the Stars lead to two before Ward knocked down a 3-pointer in the face of Mott’s shooter, sophomore Rick Rowse. On the ensuing possession, one that may have been the turning point for Mott, Rowse nailed a triple in Ward’s face.

The final few minutes were dominated by the play of sophomores Burton and Mike Brigham, who scored 14 points with 11 rebounds. A couple of mental mistakes by Mott in the final two minutes almost pushed Coach Schmidt over the edge, but his Bears made enough plays down the stretch to win the game.

Lansing’s Ashley and Ward scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. Mike Martin added 11. The Stars’ talented point guard, Troy Aubrey, had nine points, five rebounds and five assists. He’s not a finished product just yet, but he could play for any team of mine.

Lansing shot 44 percent from the field to Mott’s 38 percent.

  1. A. Biggers says:

    He played well. I’m looking for more guys to contribute, since it’s obvious some aren’t capable of living up to their hype.

    Guys like TJ Cameron, Darryl Marshall, Mike Brigham, Marshawn Norris and Leviante are becoming the backbone of this team.

    I like the bench, too. I’m not a fan of Mott basketball by any means, but it’s cool to see the guys develop into a solid group. I’m a fan of development.

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