No. 2-ranked Mott holds off Oakland to improve to 25-2 on the season

Posted: February 19, 2011 by Jared Field in College, JUCO, Mott

Mott sophomore Doug Anderson attacks the basket in the first half of the Bears's 66-65 win over Oakland CC on Saturday in Flint.

FLINT, Michigan — For the first five minutes of the game on Saturday, Mott looked like a team on the verge of blowing out a talented Oakland CC squad. It wouldn’t be long, however, before the real Raiders stood up, made the game competitive and very nearly pulled off a major upset.

Mott handled its business in the final two minutes, despite woeful foul shooting throughout the game, to win 66-65. It was the Bears second consecutive down-to-the-wire win. On Wednesday night, the Bears had to fend off a pesky St. Clair squad that nearly made a 13-point halftime lead disappear.

The victory, the Bears’ 11th in a row, marks the 16th consecutive season that Steve Schmidt has coached Mott to at least 25 wins.

On Saturday afternoon, Mott led by only two at the half and actually trailed for a little more than a minute in the second half. Sophomore guards Marshawn Norris and Demetrius Miller made a series of huge plays on both ends of the floor to seal the victory.

Demetrius Miller glides in for two of his 15 points against Oakland.

Norris, in particular, managed to come away with two huge steals in crunch time and put the game away with two free throws to put his team up three with seven seconds to go.

Mott, now 25-2 on the season, had to overcome the great play of Oakland’s frontline. Antonio Credit and Njoku Ugochukwu combined for 23 points and 28 rebounds.

Mott’s frontline starters, Doug Anderson and Mike Brigham, scored 20 and 11 points, respectively. Miller, the Bears’ sophomore point guard, scored 15 points with four assists and zero turnovers.

The no. 2-ranked Bears will play at Kirtland on Monday before returning home to finish out the season against Schoolcraft on Wednesday.

— Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops

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Comments
  1. Jared Field says:

    25 wins for 16 straight seasons is just ridiculous at any level.

  2. Cinderella says:

    outstanding for sure

  3. guy says:

    the officials had alot to do with that games outcome.

  4. Anthony Coggins says:

    No Jared, Guy is right…the refs did have a lot to do with the outcome. If it weren’t for the refs, Mott would have won by 10-15. They helped keep it close…

    🙂 I know, I am a sarcastic a$$…

    • Jared Field says:

      Ha.

      Actually, I think OCC is a formidable team. I wouldn’t want to play them in the playoffs. Even so, it’s a tough case to make that the refs caused Mott to lose considering they led almost the entire game including by 13 at the half. Not to mention that Mott had already beaten them once this season.

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