FLINT, Michigan — No. 1-ranked Mott Community College is now 5-0 on the season after a hard-fought 93-68 victory over Kellogg on Friday night in the Bruin Club Classic at the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium. The Bears had four players in double-figures led by sophomore guard John Taylor who scored a season-low 17 points. The player of the game for Mott was freshman wing Ralph Eason who scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists and four steals.
The Bears only led by five points at the half after a strong 20 minutes from the Bruins and their J.R. Reid look-alike Steve Roper. Roper was going hard at the rim and hit four of his eight attempts from 3-point range. Roper and Kellogg kept the game close while shooting 50 percent from the field in the half.
The Bears turned up the heat defensively in the second half and limited turnovers (the Bears had nine in the game). Mott was easily on the plus side of the takeaways, forcing the Bruins into 21 turnovers. The Bears relied heavily on their full-court press in the second half and worked over the Bruins with a quick and athletic stable of guards.
Roper led all scorers with 26 points and eight rebounds. Sam Bunkley, cousin of former Mott and Eastern Michigan standout Jesse Bunkley, added 18 points for Kellogg.
Mott point guards, Darryl “Boo” Marshall and Jakob Perry scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Kellogg will play Henry Ford at 1 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Mott’s game versus Sinclair (Ohio) at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.