No. 10-ranked Mott remains on track after whitewashing of Schoolcraft, 96-46

Posted: February 23, 2013 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott

Mott freshman Malik Albert.

Mott (25-3) trailed 4-2 against Schoolcraft on Saturday afternoon in the game’s first two minutes. The next 38 belonged exclusively to the Bears. Mott sophomore Kory Billups led the no. 10-ranked Bears on a 48-14 run to end the half and ultimately to a 96-46 victory.

Schoolcraft, a team that blew out Kirtland less than 24 hours prior to Saturday’s game, were dominated by the Bears defensively — held to only 16 points in the first half. To start the second,  the Bears immediately embarked on a 20-0 run to put the road team up 70-18.

One major bright spot for Mott is the play of freshman guard Malik Albert, who has officially broken out of his late-season scoring slump. Albert hit six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 26 points.

“Malik shot the lights out,” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN radio. “We’re getting ready for March Madness.”

As a team, Mott shot an unreal 64 percent from the floor and held Schoolcraft to 26 percent. The Bears compiled 30 assists on their 39 made field goals.

“The guys did a great job,” Schmidt said. “We had 15 assists in the first half … that’s the key, and it’s contagious. I’m pleased with this effort. I made a commitment as a coach to take it up a notch, and the players are responding.”

Billups turned in another solid all-around performance with 21 points and six rebounds. Freshman center Coreontae DeBerry scored 16 points with eight rebounds and three blocks.

Richmond Jackson led Schoolcraft (6-20) with 12 points.

After the game, Schmidt also expressed some chagrin at his team’s recent freefall in the NJCAA national poll. The Bears are ranked 10th despite having a better overall record than many of the teams ahead of them in the poll. They have also beaten no. 9-ranked Moraine Valley head-to-head.

Mott will finish off its regular season schedule at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night at home against Alpena.

  1. Freddie McCoy says:

    6-20 team, it is expected for them to win big

  2. […] MI – Mott Community College ended with 30 assists on 39 made shots in its 96-46 impressive road win over Schoolcraft College on […]

  3. Marvin's College says:

    You guys really do a good job by covering these guys action. I tried looking for some of the Metro Detroit area teams in the Sunday Free Press(just to see how they are doing) and saw nothing. It almost made me feel sorry for them.

    • Freddie McCoy says:

      Junior College basketball coverage in the Detroit newpapers esp for their team is nonexistent, which is very sad, the papers believe mayham and murder is what sell papers

  4. Mark Kehoe says:

    I just saw on the MCCAA web site that Oakland CC had to forfeit 3 games which puts Mott back into first place. Does anyone know what happened?

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