Mott outlasts Grand Rapids in season opener, 81-76

Posted: November 5, 2011 by Jared Field in JUCO

No. 2-ranked Mott shook off some early-season rust on Saturday afternoon, outlasting an upset-minded Grand Rapids squad by five, 81-76.

The Bears opened up the game sharp, leading by as many as 15. Grand Rapids did not throw in the towel early, however; the Raiders, behind sharpshooting sophomore Alex Lyle, came back to tie the game at the half. GRCC  actually led by as many as seven in the second half before a flurry of baskets by sophomore John Taylor gave Mott the lead for good.

Taylor, Mott’s best outside shooter, actually struggled from behind the arc (3-for-13) against the Raiders. He did, however, lead all scorers with 24 points. He also added five assists and four steals.

Grand Rapids was led by sophomores Lyle and Roy Jackson, who scored 21 points apiece. Lyle hit some extremely difficult shots in this game and Jackson made his mark going to the basket. The pair both missed 3-point attempts in the final minute to tie the game, but GRCC wouldn’t have been in this one without the clutch play of those two.

Walter Davis and freshman Jacob Perry added 13 points apiece for the Bears, who will host Jackson at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night.

Hard to get a good grasp on exactly what Mott is at this point, only one game in and with so many new players — only two players who played significant minutes returned. Coach Schmidt has a ton of talented guards, so all is not lost. I think Mott can be a championship team once again; they will, however, have to do it differently than in years gone by. Typically, Mott has had dynamic scoring forwards and tough, defense-minded guards. This year they’ll need to get the bulk of their scoring from guards.


  1. Mark says:

    How Is jackson this year?

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