Archive for December, 2012

No. 4-ranked Mott ends 2012 on high note, beating Daley 67-39

Posted: December 29, 2012 by Jared Field in Mott
Sophomore Fred Mattison slams home two of his game-high 20 points for Mott.

Sophomore Fred Mattison slams home two of this game-high 20 points for Mott.

FLINT, Michigan — No. 4-ranked Mott Community College improved to 10-1 on the season with a blowout win over Daley College (Chicago) Saturday afternoon, 67-39. This game left little to the imagination as Daley only had six players make the trip because of injury and academic issues. Daley led 2-0 to start the game and never led again.

The Bears’ leading scorer, Fred Mattison, led all scorers with 20 points and five rebounds. His cousin, Chavis Mattison, chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. The only other Bear in double figures was freshman Malik Albert with 10. Jeremy Price led Daley will 16 points on 5-for-18 from the floor.

Mott led by 14 points at the break and held Daley to three points in the first eight minutes of the second half.

Every player played at least 12 minutes for Mott. The Bears forced 22 turnovers and committed only 10 in the game.

The Bears will return to action at 3 p.m. next Saturday on the road at Delta College in the first game of the conference season. The next home game comes the following Monday at home versus rival Henry Ford.

No. 1-ranked Beecher runs by Flint Powers, 58-37

Posted: December 28, 2012 by Jared Field in High School
Beecher senior Monte Morris scored 31 points in the Bucs' 58-31 victory.

Beecher senior Monte Morris scored 31 points in the Bucs’ 58-37 victory.

FLINT, Michigan — What happened Friday evening in Flint should not surprise anyone who has watched two of Flint’s best coaches over the last several years. Beecher’s Mike Williams and Powers’ Jeremy Trent are among the best defensive coaches in the state at the high school level. The combination made for one ugly game marked by a combined 45 turnovers.

After a brutal first half (the two teams combined for 12 points in the second quarter), Beecher extended its nine-point advantage with six straight points at the start of the second half. Beecher, the top-ranked team in class C, led by as many as 29 before emptying the bench with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. That said, this game tape is one Williams might accidentally erase. His team did force 28 turnovers in the game, but they also gave up 18 and missed more free throws than I could track.

Beecher, shockingly, could not do anything against the Chargers’ zone, which held the Bucs to only 18 points in the halfcourt game. That left 40 points to be scored in transition off the Chargers’ numerous turnovers.

Defensively, Powers can play with anyone; offensively, they are a hot mess outside of Nick Sullivan. This may be the best defensive team Trent has coached; it’s also among the worst offensive teams I’ve seen at the high school level. Powers has one player who can put the ball on the floor and finish.

As is typical, the Bucs were led by senior point guard Monte Morris who scored 31 points. He does it all with a smoothness that you just don’t see too often at this level. He knows all the angles and plays the game with the basketball IQ of an old man.

The second-best player on the floor on this night was Sullivan. The bruising senior guard had 18 points and didn’t appear to be intimidated by the difficult matchup. If this kid wants to play college basketball, he shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a roster spot at a D-III or NAIA school. He’s tough.

For Beecher, this is a game the Bucs should be able to learn from. This was the worst I’ve seen them perform (Morris obviously is the exception) as a team, and they still managed to win by 21 points. On talent alone, Beecher probably should have won this game by 30 points or more.

The play of the game was made early in the third quarter when junior guard Emanuel Phifer threw down a nasty dunk in transition. He missed another later in the quarter off a feed from Morris that would have been even better.

As crazy as it sounds, this may be the most competitive game Beecher will play until the playoffs begin. That’s a credit to the Chargers. I thought this one would be over by halftime. Beecher’s next opponent, LakeVille, is probably going to get its head kicked in.

Flint Powers and Buctown to meet in Friday matinee

Posted: December 28, 2012 by Jared Field in High School

bucs Flint Powers versus Beecher, a matchup that just a few short years ago would have been a sure sellout, will tip on Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. at Powers.

The Bucs, one of the top teams in the state regardless of class, will battle a Powers team in need of a top-down restoration. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a little talent at Powers this season — unfortunately, a precious little of it is on the varsity team.

Beecher’s depth is far superior and, using my favorite comparison, only one player on Powers’ team would start for Beecher — 6-1 senior Nick Sullivan. First-year head coach Jeremy Trent has his work cut out for him with this bunch.

Beecher head coach Mike Williams has a stable of guards that will, I’m certain, force at least 20 turnovers and potentially a lot more. Monte Morris, Frankie Greene, Eric Cooper, Emanuel Phifer and company will convert turnovers into points all game long. On the interior, 6-4 senior Markell Lucas should have his way with Powers’ big, but somewhat less-than-athletic frontline.

I’m hoping I won’t have to leave early, but I don’t expect this game to be competitive beyond halftime.

Prediction: Beecher 75, Powers 41




Former Notre Dame standout getting tough at Saginaw BV

Posted: December 26, 2012 by Jared Field in High School
  1. ToryJ23
    Morning my ppl. Headed to the gym to help these kids get better on the court. Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday! Always giving God thanks!
  2. ToryJ23
    It’s sad to see how some parents make excuses for their children nowadays. Your kid doesn’t wanna work hard so you excuse them 4m practice?
  3. ToryJ23
    Since its that easy to make an excuse to not practice or make it to practice, it’s gonna be even easier to cancel the games.
  4. ToryJ23
    @RisRob22 crazy bro. But it’s gonna be fixed today. Each game will be cancelled until these parents n players get on the same page I’m on.

If this goes down as described, there are going to be same angry parents at BV. To me, it just sounds like coaching.

No. 4-ranked Mott avenges lone loss against Owens, 76-68

Posted: December 20, 2012 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott
Mott sophomore Kortez Ross soars for a rebound in the first half of the Bears' 76-68 win over Owens Thursday night.

Mott sophomore Kortez Ross soars for a rebound in the first half of the Bears’ 76-68 win over Owens Thursday night.


Mott sophomore Fred Mattison led the Bears with 19 points and seven rebounds.

FLINT, Michigan — The only show in town on Thursday night was a great one. With schools across Genesee County closed on Thursday and Friday, scores of basketball fans turned out to watch no. 4-ranked Mott avenge the only blemish on its record. Mott beat Owens 76-68 to improve to 9-1 on the season and 6-0 at home.

The Bears sprinted out to a 16-0 run to start the game, holding the Express scoreless for the game’s first five and a half minutes. Owens fought back with its three-headed monster offensively, sophomores James Kelly, Justin Edmonds and freshman point guard Joe Retic II. The Express answered with a 20-6 run and pulled even at the half.

The Express actually led for a short period of time early in the second half before Mott gradually accrued an eight-point lead which it held, more or less, for the duration of the second half.

The key to the second half resurgence for Mott was the play of 6-7 sophomore Fred Mattison, who scored the bulk of his team-high 19 points in the second half. Mattison lives on the lob, and Owens was powerless to stop it in the second half. Mattison wasn’t alone, however, as Mott had five players in double-figures. Devin Foster and Kory Billups scored 12 points apiece with Chavis Mattison and Chester McFadden adding 11 each.

Foster is finally starting to show the skills that prompted Coach Schmidt to pluck him out of the Windy City this summer. Foster added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals to his 12 points. As his aggression continues to increase, so will his production. He’s a player.

Both teams shot 50 percent from the field. The game was won on the strength of 21 forced forced turnovers by Mott. Edmonds, who finished with 13 points and zero assists, was the worst offender with six turnovers for Owens.

For the second straight games between the two teams, it was Retic II who proved to be the best player in red. The freshman scored 19 points on 11 shots with three assists. He’s an intriguing prospect to be sure.

The win was the second consecutive game Mott played without its center, 6-foot-9 freshman Coreante DeBerry. The University of Detroit Mercy recruit is still sidelined because of academic issues. UDM’s head coach Ray McCallum was in the crowd tonight, as was Michigan State assistant Dane Fife.

Mott will return to action at 3 p.m. on Dec. 29th at home versus Daley College (Illinois).

Old Dragons Outlast Young Knights in an OT thriller, 81-74

Posted: December 19, 2012 by Jared Field in High School
Junior Dallas Dunlap tallied a double-double against Southwestern Tuesday night with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Junior Dallas Dunlap tallied a double-double against Southwestern Tuesday night with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

SWARTZ CREEK, Michigan — The Southwestern Classical Academy Knights came into Swartz Creek with one of the youngest teams in the area, an undefeated record, and the distinction of being the best team in the city of Flint.  It did not take long for them to find out that Swartz Creek just didn’t seem to care about any of it.

Led by senior standout Dewrell “JD-1” Tisdale at the start of the game, Creek jumped out to an early six point lead following a soaring two-handed dunk by Tisdale.  The Knights weren’t down for long as they battled back with seven straight Malik Young points and a put back by Dorian Grady.  The Knights remained within one at the end of the first frame.

The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair with SWA going up by five, but a couple of coast-to-coast buckets by Tisdale as part of his 10 points in the stanza gave Creek the 40-34 halftime lead.


No. 4-ranked Mott blows out Daley College in Chicago, 78-56

Posted: December 15, 2012 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott
Mott freshman Malik Albert led all scorers with 24 points.

Mott freshman Malik Albert led all scorers with 24 points.

No. 4-ranked Mott made the most of its road trip to the Windy City, breezing past Daley College 78-56 in front of a oddly supportive road crowd.

“We were able to bring out as many, or maybe even more fans than the home team,” said head coach Steve Schmidt, who has plucked numerous standouts from Chicago’s Public School League during his tenure at Mott. “It was great to see all the support for our Chicago kids.”

Freshman guard Devin Foster is just one year removed from an outstanding senior year at Chicago Curie. The former first-team all-city guard scored five points, with seven assists and four steals. Sophomore Kory Billups had an even more productive homecoming with 12 points, five rebounds and four steals. Billups prepped at Crane Tech on the city’s west side.

The Bears lead 51-25 at halftime after a barrage of 3-pointers from Detroit freshman Malik Albert and sophomore Chavis Mattison. As a team, the Bears were 6-for-8 from 3-point range and 9-for-15 in the game.

“That was probably the best first half we’ve played all year,” said Schmidt, whose team improves to 8-1 on the season. “It’s the best we’ve shot all year.”

Albert, who is really starting to come into his own at Mott, led all scorers with 24 points. Mattison and his cousin Fred scored 13 points apiece.

This was the first time all season the Bears’ were led primarily from the backcourt, a break from the norm this season due mainly to the absence of 6-foot-9 freshman Coreante DeBerry. Schmidt said his big man did not make the trip because of a failure to meet some academic obligations at school. His status for the Bears’ game versus Owens College Thursday night at home is uncertain. Mott will look to make amends for the only blemish on its record this season.
Thursday’s game tips at 7:30 p.m.

Can Beecher’s Monte Morris win Mr. Basketball in 2013?

Posted: December 15, 2012 by Jared Field in High School
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Flint Beecher’s Monte Morris.

Obviously basketball fans in Flint are putting their support behind Beecher’s Monte Morris for Mr. Basketball, the annual award given to the state’s best senior, but will the rest of the state catch on? Let’s build a case for our next Mr. Basketball winner.

The problem, as I see it, for Man Man is simple: stats. Don’t get me wrong, he’s going to have exceptional all-around statistics this season. The difference between Morris and other current candidates (and some past winners) is how he scores his points. Morris scores in the flow of the game and in the midst of competitive games, which Beecher won’t play too many of — at least not in the second half.

For instance, last night Morris scored 18 points in three quarters against the second-best team in Beecher’s conference. If the game versus Goodrich is any indication (or basically all of last season), Beecher is going to blow out just about everyone on its schedule; and Morris will probably watch many minutes in the third and fourth quarters from the bench.

Detractors will also question the fact that Beecher plays class C ball. The obvious retort is, so what? Dwaun Anderson won the award at a class C school (Sutton Bay) two years ago, and Morris is a better all-around player on a much better team. Beecher’s coach, Mike Williams, also makes every effort to put larger schools on his schedule (they also play in a class B conference).


Lake Fenton senior Darian Welch put his team on his back tonight, leading the Blue Devils to their first win of the season. It’s an important win on a few fronts: It was the first varsity win for the Blue Devils’ 21-year-old head coach Jacob Erway; it was a win over an unbeaten team (Lakeville was 3-0); and the win marks the halfway point to program’s win total from last season.

I may have to get out to see how this kid is getting it done. After his 36-point outburst on Friday night, his season average through three games is just short of 30 points per game.

He got the David Kool treatment tonight, going 17-for-20 from the foul line.

Congrats to the Blue Devils and Coach Erway on the first of what will hopefully be many victories this season.

Flint Hamady’s Erick Layton joined Welch in the 30-point club. Layton had 30 points and nine rebounds in a win over Byron. Those two may well battle for the Flint area scoring title this season with Beecher’s Monte Morris, who scored 18 points in three quarters in a 20-point win over Goodrich.

No. 4-ranked Mott outlasts Lansing to improve to 7-1

Posted: December 12, 2012 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott

Mott sophomore Kory Billups will return to his hometown this weekend coming off his best performance of the season. Billups, a Chicago Public School League standout, scored 21 points to lead Mott to a win over Lansing Wednesday night, 87-69. The victory comes in advance of his team’s clash with Daley College in the Windy City this weekend.

Billups scored 17 of his points in the second half in a game that was very competitive early on. He was 10-of-14 from the field.

Mott led 41-35 at the break, but finished the game on a 44-28 run.

While Billups seems like an unlikely hero, Mott fans will remember a couple of breakout performances from Billups early in his freshman season. He’s a very talented, albeit undersized, forward with tremendous mid-range game.

In their first meeting this season, Mott beat Lansing 71-47. Mott sophomore Fred Mattison, as is his habit, led all scorers with 25 points and seven rebounds. Lansing was led by forwards Tyrin Wade and Travion Babers, who scored 17 apiece. Lansing guard George Goodman, who struggled mightily against Mott in the first matchup, added eight points.

Mott (7-1) will take on Daley College at 4 p.m. eastern time on Saturday afternoon. Currently there are two Chicagoans on Mott’s roster, Billups and freshman guard Devin Foster.