No. 2-ranked Mott set for opening night clash versus no. 10 Grand Rapids

Posted: November 1, 2013 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott
Mott sophomore Malik Albert leads the Bears into their opening night clash with no. 10 -ranked Grand Rapids.

Mott sophomore Malik Albert leads the Bears into their home opener with no. 10 -ranked Grand Rapids. Albert was Mott’s second leading scorer last season with more than 13 points per game.

The Steve Schmidt Field House on the campus of Mott Community College in Flint is the place to be Friday night. The no. 2-ranked Mott Bears, coming off a 31-5 2012-13 season, host no. 10 Grand Rapids at 7:30 p.m.

These two teams have played a series of dramatic games over the last several years, and Friday night’s game should be no different. Last season, Mott trailed the Raiders by 11 at the half before storming back to win the game by three.

Neither team has an abundance of returning players, but both programs have little trouble attracting talent.

One major absence for the Raiders is sophomore guard Kevin Badger, who is ineligible. Badger is a hard-nosed combo guard who gave Mott some trouble last season. All is not lost, however, as GRCC does return two of its top scorers in 6-2 forward Willie Duke and 6-4 guard Deonte Hudson.

Mott returns four sophomores including 6-2 combo guard Malik Albert, the team’s second leading scorer. Joining Albert are sophomores Myles Busby, Chester McFadden and Devin Foster.

Neither team has an abundance of size, so this game will probably be decided in the backcourt. That’s great news for Mott, as head coach Steve Schmidt has a stockpile of them this season.

Listen live online at MRSN.us starting at 7:30 p.m.

Rosters:

Mott Community College
# Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Pos. Hometown
0 Malik Albert 6-2 165 SO G Detroit, MI
1 Myles Busby 6-5 190 SO F Niles, MI
2 Ruston Hayward 6-5 205 FR G/F Houston, TX
4 Marcus Johnson 5-10 165 FR G Charlotte, NC
5 Devin Foster 6-4 185 SO G Chicago, IL
10 Chase Krager 5-10 177 FR G Bay City, MI
12 Lorenzo Collier 6-3 170 FR G Detroit, MI
20 Chester McFadden 6-4 205 SO G Toledo, OH
23 Jamal Reynolds 6-5 172 SO G/F Toronto, ON
24 Jerry Brown 6-3 190 FR F Flint, MI
32 William Abbott 6-6 210 FR F Detroit, MI
33 Mat Romano 6-5 195 FR F Flint, MI
Steve Schmidt – Head Coach – 23rd season
Carl Jones – Assistant Coach – 19th season
Yusuf Harris – Assistant Coach – 18th season
Marcus Skinner – Assistant Coach – 1st season
Grand Rapids Community College
# Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Pos. Hometown
1 Dario Williams 5-7 140 FR G Big Rapids, MI
2 Bryan Case 5-10 150 FR G Grand Rapids, MI
3 Miles Robinson 6-0 170 SO G Kentwood, MI
4 Daryl White 6-4 175 SO F Grand Rapids, MI
5 C.J. Mackey 6-6 227 FR F/G Tarpon Springs, FL
10 Devin Longoria 5-8 160 SO G Sand Lake, MI
11 Nate Hollenbeck 6-5 200 SO F Walker, MI
12 DeMarkus Stuckey 6-1 170 FR G Grand Rapids, MI
15 Cameron Burhannon 6-4 185 FR G Indianapolis, IN
21 Courtney Hill 6-3 175 SO G Muskegon, MI
22 Arthur Pearson 5-10 160 FR G Kentwood, MI
23 Deontae Hudson 6-4 200 SO G Muskegon, MI
25 Rahmil Almond 5-10 170 FR G Baton Rouge, LA
32 James Boerema 6-9 215 FR F/C Montague, MI
33 Drew Roubos 6-6 220 FR F Holland, MI
44 Willie Duke 6-2 195 SO F Grand Rapids, MI
55 Jamal White 6-6 250 FR C Grand Rapids, MI
TJ Carnegie – Head Coach – 3rd season
Matt Burton – Assistant Coach – 3rd season
Zach Ingles – Assistant Coach – 3rd season
Joe Fox – Assistant Coach – 2nd season
Mike Roche – Athletic Trainer
Ben Brown – Statistician
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