FLINT, Michigan — The no. 9-ranked Mott Community College Bears earned an extra game on the schedule thanks to Thursday night’s blowout win over Alpena. Mott’s 99-48 victory over the Lumberjacks clinched the Eastern Conference championships for the Bears (26-3) and the right to play in the MCCAA state championship game on Saturday at home versus Glen Oaks at 3 p.m.
It’s an unlikely outcome for Mott, as the perennial powerhouse of the MCCAA appeared to be on the outside looking in after a pair of tough road losses to Wayne and Oakland. Mott sat in second place and not in control of its destiny for over a week. Then the MCCAA stepped in and cited first place Oakland for a playing an ineligible player in the team’s last three games. The player, sophomore James Chappell, has been suspended as has Oakland’s head coach, Antoine Joubert. I have sympathy for Oakland’s players, as this was a serious oversight on the part of Joubert and his athletic director.
Perhaps it wouldn’t have mattered though, after Oakland went down to Wayne on Thursday night and got beat up, 91-68.