FLINT, Michigan — At the conclusion of Wednesday night’s lackadaisical win over Kirtland in the frozen loneliness of northern Michigan, Mott head coach Steve Schmidt promised to put a different team on the floor Saturday afternoon against Schoolcraft.
He wasn’t lying.
The Bears led by sophomore Fred Mattison squashed the visiting Ocelots from Schoolcraft, 77-42.
Schoolcraft (4-13) led 1-0 after splitting a pair of free throws courtesy of an intentional foul, but never led again. They only managed 18 points in the first half, as Mott’s frontline of Mattison at 6-7 and Coreontae DeBerry at 6-9 simply overpowered the Ocelots.
Mott led by 19 at the half before a mini-run by Schoolcraft whittled their lead down to 11. From that point, the cousins Mattison, Fred and Chavis, took the game over. The pair combined for 34 points and 18 rebounds.
After the game, one of Mott’s season-ticket holders tried to convinced me that Chavis Mattison is Mott’s best all-around player. He may well be right, noting that Chavis has the size and skillset rarely seen in a point guard at the JUCO level.
The story of the game was Mott’s pressure not only in the press, but also in the halfcourt. The Bears forced 22 turnovers and held Schoolcraft to 23 percent shooting for the game.
For the first time in nearly two months, Schmidt paired Fred Mattison and DeBerry together on the frontline. The duo paid instant dividends on both ends of the floor. DeBerry finished with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes.
Richmond Jackson and Terrance Cole scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Schoolcraft.
Mott will take another trip up north on Wednesday night, as they take on Alpena CC at 7:30 p.m. The Bears’ next home game will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday versus Delta College.
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