FLINT, Michigan — This is what every coach dreams about before the start of every season: getting the team to peak at the right time. That time is now, and no. 1-ranked Mott just turned in its best all-around performance of the season.
The Bears, atop the national poll for 13 consecutive weeks, humiliated Schoolcraft Wednesday night, 103-65. Mott is now 28-1 on the season and preparing for the MCCAA state championship game on Saturday at Lansing.
The Ocelots are the third-best team in the MCCAA Eastern Conference, though tonight they looked over-matched at every position.
Mott didn’t waste any time getting on the board, scoring on its first three possessions. Freshman guard Jakob Perry shot the lights out in the first half, hitting on his first four 3-point attempts. Mott led by 29 at the half and started the second frame with a set play alley-oop for sophomore forward Walter Davis. From that point, the rest of the game was all about the fans. Davis and freshman guard Ralph Eason took turns throwing down crowd-pleasing slams in transition.
Schoolcraft was completely demoralized. They had seven assists as a team against 23 turnovers. Mott, conversely, had 22 assists and seven turnovers.
Mott had five players score in double-figures led by sophomore John Taylor, who led all scorers with 23 points, six assists and four steals. Eason and Perry scored 15 points apiece. Davis and sophomore guard Darryl “Boo” Marshall added 13 and 14 points, respectively.
Schoolcraft sophomore forward Karl Moore was the only Ocelot who seemed to care about the outcome of this game. He overcame a lot of frustration and managed to score 21 points with nine rebounds.