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.