I missed out on Mott’s road game versus St. Clair on Wednesday night (I’m still in Florida). Suffice it to say, I didn’t miss much. The two most glaring deficiencies for the Bears this season, free throw shooting and defense, joined together to haunt them in Port Huron. The Bears surrendered 103 points and bricked 21 free throws, losing to the Skippers by three and frittering away any realistic chance of playing for a state title this season.
That’s not a misprint: 21 freebies missed and 103 points given up in a regulation college game.
It was the Bears first loss to the Skippers since I’ve been covering them. Port Huron is always a tough place to play, but Mott always managed to pull out a win (even with less talented teams than this one).
Mott’s leading scorer, sophomore Malik Albert, turned in a huge performance with 34 points, eight assists and five steals. Even so, it was not enough to overcome another ridiculous defensive performance by the Bears.
In Mott’s five losses this year, the Bears have given up 94 points per game. For followers of the program, one built on defensive intensity, that’s simply unthinkable. The team’s lack of care for defense, and its five losses, put the program in rarefied air. Only once in the last decade has a team coached by Steve Schmidt lost more than five games.
Oh, and the next game on the schedule is against Oakland Community College (currently in a tie for first place in the MCCAA Eastern Conferece). The last two games were must-win games for Mott. The Bears beat Wayne and lost to St. Clair. With a state title now out of the question, Saturday’s game versus Oakland is a must-win for an entirely different reason: Is Mott a contender or pretender in 2014?
We will find out on Saturday.
|10 – Wayne County||12-1||.923||18-3||.857||—||9-1||6-2||3-0||Won 2|
|10 – Oakland||11-1||.917||21-2||.913||0.5||11-0||7-1||3-1||Won 4|
|10 – Mott||10-3||.769||19-5||.792||2.0||12-0||7-5||0-0||Lost 1|
|St. Clair County||7-6||.538||14-10||.583||5.0||7-3||5-7||2-0||Won 1|
|Henry Ford||5-8||.385||10-13||.435||7.0||7-6||3-7||0-0||Lost 1|
|9 – Glen Oaks||11-1||.917||20-3||.870||—||13-1||7-2||0-0||Won 2|
|9 – Kalamazoo Valley||9-3||.750||19-6||.760||2.0||11-2||8-3||0-1||Lost 1|
|9 – Grand Rapids||7-4||.636||14-7||.667||3.5||5-3||9-4||0-0||Won 2|
|Lake Michigan||7-5||.583||15-10||.600||4.0||6-6||9-4||0-0||Won 2|