Mott Community College head coach Steve Schmidt has never sought shelter in the arms of moral victories. Not today; not ever.
“I’m proud of our program, proud of fans and our effort, but it’s still a loss,” said Schmidt after Mott’s 74-68 loss to rival Oakland. “We had a chance to win this right down to the wire … they are playing for a championship, so we knew they would play hard.”
Mott trailed by 12 at the half and by as many as 22 with 15 minutes left in the second half.
For the next 10 minutes, Schmidt had a flashback to what had been the norm in his program for years: high intensity on both ends of the floor.
The Bears embarked on a 14-0 run led by freshman Rod Milton, who had an 8-0 run of his own. With seven minutes left, Mott had whittled Oakland’s lead down to eight. Five minutes later, the lead had all but disappeared after a basket in the post by Daryl Bigham.
Mott couldn’t break through, however, as Oakland’s Richard Roberts went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 90 seconds.
“We did a good job down the stretch,” Schmidt said. “This is what I wanted to see from this team. We’ve gone through a lot. We’ve been taking steps forward and steps back. This is the most frustrating and challenging experience. I have a lot of guys who don’t yet know how to be successful.”
One of those guys is point guard Justice Green. The athletic freshman guard from Flint Carman-Ainsworth did not play against Oakland and has quit the team.
Milton led the way for Mott with 14 points. Austin Daniels added 11.
The loss is Mott’s third at home this season, the most home losses for the program since 2002. Mott (14-8) will take on Henry Ford on the road Wednesday night before welcoming league leader Schoolcraft College to Ballenger Fieldhouse on Saturday.
The game versus Schoolcraft will be broadcast live on MRSN.us.
|10 – Schoolcraft||10-1||.909||21-3||.875||—||12-0||8-2||1-1||Won 10|
|10 – Oakland||9-1||.900||15-5||.750||0.5||8-1||5-2||2-2||Won 7|
|Wayne County||5-6||.455||12-10||.545||5.0||5-3||4-6||3-1||Lost 1|
|St. Clair County||2-8||.200||9-13||.409||7.5||5-6||4-6||0-1||Lost 4|
|Henry Ford||1-9||.100||6-14||.300||8.5||3-6||3-7||0-1||Lost 3|
|9 – Lake Michigan||9-2||.818||18-6||.750||—||10-3||7-3||1-0||Won 2|
|Grand Rapids||7-4||.636||13-8||.619||2.0||9-2||4-6||0-0||Won 3|
|Kalamazoo Valley||7-4||.636||12-12||.500||2.0||7-5||4-5||1-2||Lost 1|
|Glen Oaks||2-8||.200||9-12||.429||6.5||6-3||3-9||0-0||Won 1|