LANSING, Michigan — On the basketball court, John Taylor has no conscience. Mott’s sophomore combo guard doesn’t remember missed shots, missed opportunities or what could have been; he’s supremely confident he’s going to make the next play. In Mott’s big games this season, he’s done just that.
In Lansing on Saturday afternoon, Taylor and the no. 1-ranked Bears dismantled the Stars in the second half en route to a 90-70 victory and the MCCAA state title. Bears shot a truly ridiculous 62 percent from the field as a team and beat the Stars for the third time this season.
Taylor was untouchable, lighting up Lansing for 40 points (13-for-24) and five assists. Taylor proved once again why he is far and away the top JUCO prospect in Michigan. Freshman guard Ralph Eason also turned in a monster performance with 19 points (9-for-11), 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Mott led for most of the first half in spite of Lansing’s nine made 3-point attempts, including four from sharpshooter Skyelar Moore. The Stars’ late flurry put Mott down one at the break, as Taylor accounted for more than half of the Bears’ total points. From there, it was all Mott.
Lansing no longer had the open looks they enjoyed in the first half (Moore had zero points in the second half) and Eason simply took over where Taylor left off.
With Mott up 10 points midway through the second half, Lansing’s leading scorer, sophomore Nate Duhon, left the game with what appeared to be a cramp. He did not return and finished with 14 points. At that point, Lansing’s offensive discipline went right out the window and Mott cruised to its 29th victory of the season.
Freshman guard Cameron Sanchez led Lansing with 20 points and seven assists.
These two teams will not meet again this season, unless both win their respective districts and see each other again at the national tournament.