FLINT, Michigan — No. 1-ranked Mott Community College is now one win away from a birth in the NJCAA National Tournament. The Bears dispatched Schoolcraft on Friday afternoon 91-72 and will host Oakland CC at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
In the earlier game, Oakland dominated Delta by 30+ despite 32 points from sophomore Jody Hill in his final game as a Pioneer.
Mott and Oakland have played two very competitive games this season. Mott won both games by narrow margins, so I expect a battle on Saturday.
Both Oakland and Mott basically sleep-walked through the second halfs, having both games in hand early on.
Mott led 50-28 at the half thanks to the unbelievable perimeter shooting of sophomore John Taylor, who scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the first half. Mott also showed off its vaunted pressure defense throughout the game, forcing Schoolcraft into 28 turnovers.
Mott freshman Ralph Eason scored 20 points on 8-for-9 from the field.
Schoolcraft sophomore Karl Moore once again led the Ocelots with 22 points and 11 rebounds, but he was also the worst offender against the pressure (nine turnovers).
The win gives the Bears their 30th of the season, the fastest track to 30 in Steve Schmidt’s 21-year tenure at Mott.