‘Taylor’ made: John Taylor bails out Bears in ugly win over Alpena

Posted: February 1, 2012 by Jared Field in JUCO

Sophomore guard John Taylor gets his cues on the sideline with Mott head coach Steve Schmidt Wednesday night. Taylor had 31 points in Mott's 84-76 win over Alpena.

FLINT, Michigan — Mott doesn’t win ugly often, but tonight’s 84-76 victory over Alpena was packed with enough ugliness to last the rest of the season.

After Mott started the game with a 30-13 lead, the Bears went into a deep sleep for the rest of the first half. Alpena went on a 27-10 run to tie the game going into the break. The Lumberjacks would lead by as many as five in the second half before a familiar name once again rose to the occasion.

Mott sophomore guard John Taylor has a habit of bailing out the Bears in close (and ugly) games, and tonight was no exception. Taylor scored 23 of his game-high 31 points in the second half to lead Mott (20-1) to the victory.

Freshman forward Devon Elder led Alpena (7-13) with 23 points.

I’m not sure what else to say about this one. It was the worst performance I’ve seen from Mott all season. The effort on defense, especially after the initial first-half burst, was atrocious. If the Bears duplicate tonight’s effort next Wednesday against Henry Ford, they’ll leave the floor with their second loss of the season.

A win is a win, true, but in my world context matters. No one on this team is going to be happy about this win.

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