No. 2 Mott falls to Lansing at buzzer, 83-81

Posted: November 20, 2013 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott
Mott forward Ruston Hayward reacts after missing two late free throws against Lansing Wednesday night.

Mott forward Ruston Hayward reacts after missing two late free throws against Lansing Wednesday night.

Lansing sophomore Devlin Bell pulled down a rebound and put it back for two points as the buzzer sounded Wednesday night to give Lansing a huge upset victory over no. 2-ranked Mott, 83-81.

The win was Lansing’s first over Mott since 2009. Bell finished with 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

In the first five minutes of the game, it looked like a sure blowout. Only it wasn’t the eventual winner that appeared primed to win the game going away. Lansing (4-2), in spite of a 17-2 run by Mott (3-1) to start the game, regrouped, erased a seven-point halftime deficit and a six-point deficit with two minutes to go, to pull out the win.

The game turned early in the second half when Lansing employed a 1-2-2 zone that stymied Mott offensively for the better part of the half. Lansing quickly went from down seven to up 11 before a 14-2 run by the Bears put them up six.

Just more than a minute later, sophomore guard Cam Sanchez connected on a deep three to cut Mott’s lead to one with 50 seconds left.

Mott had a chance to go up two with 26 seconds remaining, but forward Ruston Hayward missed both free throws to give Lansing the ball with the game tied at 81. The pair accounted for Mott’s only two free throw misses in the game.

The loss spoiled an outstanding performance by Mott shooting guard Malik Albert. The sophomore poured in 40 points on 15-for-29 from the field. He out-dueled Lansing’s lead guard Tracy Edmond, who poured in 25. Albert increased his points per game average to 30.

Also overshadowed by the final score for Mott was the play of sophomore small forward Myles Busby, who had his best performance of his career. He scored 10 points with eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks. He was clutch down the stretch for the Bears.

For the second consecutive game, Mott shot well from the field (48 percent); but, unlike Saturday’s game against KVCC, the Bears were atrocious from 3-point range (19 percent on 4-for-21).

Mott must shake this one off before for Saturday night’s game against Kellogg CC at home. The game tips at 7 p.m.

  1. Marvin's College says:

    Cam’s family is really supportive of him. (makes me THAT much louder when cheering for Mott) It’s guys like him that made me realize Mott weakness at three pointers last year (also made me really miss John Taylor and Jacob Perry). I hate to quote Robert Townsend from “Hollywood Shuffle” but “I want revenge”.

  2. Freddie McCoy says:

    and I told you year ago, that Lansing was going to get Mott, Sanchez is the best PG in the Conference, he has the most experience and he was on the team when Lansing and Mott meet in the conference or state final in 2012

    • Jared Field says:

      At the JUCO level it’s acceptable to call the weaker of two shooting guards a “point guard” because there aren’t many, if any, great point guards at this level. It’s pretty rare. Sanchez played the entire game and managed four assists to three turnovers. I don’t think he gets much credit for LCC pulling the upset.

  3. Marvin's College says:

    I wonder why Coach McGregor up at Kirkland CC didn’t snatch Cam up he has a stocky build like those Russians he keeps recruiting.

  4. Marvin's College says:

    It was that circadian rhythm that bit them in last years Nationals and probably what did it in Lansing. (8 a. m. classes and a 7 p.m. game). Expect the same thing come the start of the new semester.

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