FLINT, Michigan — Mott entered its game on Wednesday night in the midst of its toughest two-game stretch of the season. The Bears’ 13-game winning streak was snapped on Monday night on the road against Henry Ford. Tonight, the Bears hosted a Macomb Community College squad that beat Henry Ford by 20 points just last week.
Despite John Taylor’s worst offensive showing of the season, no. 1 -ranked Mott survived a major scare against Macomb, winning 68-64.
This was a game Mott could have easily let slip away, but the player who had struggled the most made a play when his team needed it the most.
Macomb actually had a chance to win the game late, but Keith Paris misfired on a shot from the elbow with nine seconds left. Instead of calling a timeout, Mott pushed the ball up the court with Taylor. When Macomb collapsed on the lightning-quick lefty, Taylor found a cutting Walter Davis who scored with 1.7 seconds left to give the Bears the victory.
Taylor’s fifth assist of the game went a long way to make up for a woeful 4-for-25 performance from the field.
Credit Macomb’s Ashton Curd for a tremendous effort against Taylor defensively. Curd also scored 15 points. The player of the game for Macomb, however, was 6-6 forward Patrick Ferrell. The bouncy Ferrell took advantage of Mott’s lack of size on the frontline. He scored 23 points on 15 shots and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Mott’s top gun was sophomore Walter Davis. The 6-4 forward scored 15 points with nine rebounds including seven on the offensive end.
Mott (14-1) will go on the road Saturday to take on a struggling Wayne County squad at 3 p.m.