FLINT, Michigan — Reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated. For everyone who thinks that Flint is no longer a basketball city, I’ve got news for you: Basketball is alive and well here.
The Steve Schmidt Gymnasium was buzzing on Friday night with a sold out (people were turned away at the door) crowd as the no. 1-ranked Bears defeated St. Clair, 85-77.
Where else in the Midwest can you find more than 2,000 people packed into a gym for a JUCO basketball game?
Sophomores Marshawn Norris and Doug Anderson each dominated a half as Mott rode a 12-point halftime lead to the victory.
Norris scored a career-high 28 points on 14 shots to lead the Bears. Anderson added 24 points with seven rebounds.
Sophomore forward Mike Brigham struggled early, but finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
St. Clair, to its credit, once again mounted a full-bore comeback in the second half akin to their run against Mott last month in Port Huron.
In the end, St. Clair was doomed by another major disparity in field goal percentage. Mott shot 51% from the floor compared to 40% from the field for SC4.
They were also destroyed by Norris, who singlehandedly made two St. Clair momentum swings disappear.
St. Clair was led by sophomore Tory Villolovos who scored 15 points. Alan Sharp added 13 points, four assists and only one turnover.
Mott is now 29-2 on the season. They will play Delta College, who upset Henry Ford CC on Friday evening, at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mott.