FLINT, Michigan — For the second game in a row, Mott sophomore John Taylor showed why he’s among the top guards at the JUCO level. Taylor took what had been a competitive game in the first half and turned it into a rout, 69-50, Wednesday night at the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium.
Taylor had 20 points, six assists and five rebounds to go with only two turnovers.
And while Taylor was the show offensively, Mott dominated Kirtland in the second half with hard-nosed defensive pressure. The Bears forced Kirtland into numerous bad shots and limited the effectiveness of their two bigs, who scored a combined 20 points with nine rebounds. Mott held Kirtland to 32 percent shooting from the field, while hitting a ridiculous 16-for-21 as a team in the half.
Early in the second half, Kirtland did hold a one-point lead. It didn’t last, however, as Taylor, just minutes later, led Mott on a run that culminated in a Kirtland timeout and a 10-point deficit. From there, the wind was at Mott’s back and it wasn’t close the rest of the way.
Jakob Perry and Walter Davis added 16 and 10 points, respectively, for Mott.
Stavros Schizas had 16 points for Kirtland and Jonathan Edwards, a Saginaw Arthur Hill product, added 12. Despite the loss, Kirtland remains in third place in the MCCAA Eastern Conference with a 14-4 record.
The Bears return to action at 3 p.m. Saturday on the road versus Schoolcraft.