John Taylor and no. 1-ranked Mott roll over Lansing in state title game

Posted: March 3, 2012 by Jared Field in JUCO

Mott sophomore guard John Taylor scored 40 points with five assists against Lansing CC in the MCCAA state championship game on Saturday.

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.

  1. Freddie McCoy says:

    let get it right, Duhon first went out when they was only down by 3 and reappear again when LCC was down by 8 and went out for good when Mott was up by 10, it is very obvious when Duhon went down so did LCC but everyone at the game is talking about Duhon’s vicious one-handed slam dunk over Mott 6-foot-8 center Littlejohn which Duhon was fouled completing the three-point play before half, an obvious top-ten ESPN play of the day

    • I guess the question was answered about the best player….

      • Freddie McCoy says:

        a very poor defense plan by LCC coach when he decide to have single coverage on Taylor, LCC defender gave Taylor freedom to roam and drive at will. Mott’s defensive scheme was great, their double coverage on Duhon, gave Moore and Jackson open shots from three-pointers in the first half and when Duhon got hurt in the second half, Mott had players to guard the perimeter and LCC- Montel Smith who was averaging 17pts in the last 5 game, didn’t score a point. LCC only have two players that can create their own shots, Duhon and Sanchez and when Duhon went out in the second half, it was over for LCC

    • Jared Field says:

      Honestly, I think more people were talking about Taylor’s 40 points after the game. He wasn’t even challenged by a single LCC defender, and that’s just plain ridiculous in a big game. Sanchez, who I know can play defense, got shredded.

      That dunk was sick, there’s no doubt about it.

  2. wadd says:

    Congrats to Mott. I watched the game and saw both teams for the second time. I saw the SC4 Mott game and today’s contest. The game has changed drastically and so has the style of play in the league. A lot of drive basketball. Without Duhon, LCC had issues but congrats Mike and staff on turning things around and having a winning season.

  3. Jared Field says:

    When Duhon left, LCC literally imploded. That second half for LCC was beyond undisciplined.

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