Game notes: Mott’s 64-47 win over Kirtland

Posted: January 23, 2011 by Jared Field in College, JUCO, Mott
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Sam Burton drives inside against Kirtland.

FLINT, Michigan — Mott’s 64-47 win over 13-5 Kirtland on Saturday wasn’t pretty, especially if you love great offense. Mott, now 18-2, has shown the ability to score big points (90-100 range) but also to win the low scoring, knock down, drag out games that very often appear around playoff time. Saturday was one of those, as both teams battened down the hatches in the first half, shooting a combined 15-for-60 from the floor. Mott came alive the second half, but remained unflinching on defense, holding Kirtland to 31 percent shooting for the game.

Mott is now ranked third nationally for team defense.

Kirtland is no longer a doormat program in the MCCAA. They have talented players who aren’t afraid to mix it up. KCC’s best player, sophomore 6-8 forward Dmitry Martynenko, was put under lock and key by Mott’s frontline. Martynenko had two points on seven shots and could manage only three rebounds.

KCC’s most impressive players were forward Stavaros Schizas and point guard John “Boomer” Edwards. Schizas scored 13 points with five rebounds and three assists. He, along with Edwards, made the defense honest throughout the game with their aggressiveness. Edwards is strong and ultra quick, though he didn’t have his best game (10 points, two assists). Edwards was a fan favorite in Saginaw (he actually played for both High and Hill during his career there) and showed flashes of brilliance in high school.

For Mott, Doug Anderson played about as hard as I’ve seen him play on the glass. He absolutely engulfed rebounds and moved his feet a little bit on defense. He finished with 16 points on seven shots and nine rebounds. Anderson’s high school teammate TJ Cameron was also pivotal in the second half, finishing with three points, three steals, two rebounds and nine assists. He also played exceptional on-the-ball defense.

Mott is ranked fourth nationally and is zeroing in on another 20-win season. If memory serves, that would be the 16th straight season of 20 or more wins.

Mott will be on the road on Wednesday at Schoolcraft and Saturday at Alpena.

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops

  1. A. Biggers says:

    I’m a little guy myself, so it was kind of fun to watch Edwards slice his way to the rim among the Mott bigs. He has great energy and athletic ability. He had a nice rebound and showed speed, speed and more speed — lots of heart, too.

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