Mott’s furious second half comeback falls short against Oakland, 74-68

Posted: February 7, 2015 by Jared Field in High School

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.

2014-15 Men’s Basketball Standings
Eastern Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
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
Delta 7-4 .636 14-10 .583 3.0 7-6 7-4 0-0 Won 3
Mott 6-5 .545 14-8 .636 4.0 11-3 3-5 0-0 Lost 2
Wayne County 5-6 .455 12-10 .545 5.0 5-3 4-6 3-1 Lost 1
Macomb 5-6 .455 11-11 .500 5.0 6-5 4-4 1-2 Won 1
Alpena 3-8 .273 6-12 .333 7.0 1-6 4-4 1-2 Lost 3
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
Western Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
9 – Lake Michigan 9-2 .818 18-6 .750 10-3 7-3 1-0 Won 2
Muskegon 7-4 .636 17-6 .739 2.0 10-0 6-6 1-0 Lost 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
Lansing 6-4 .600 14-9 .609 2.5 10-2 4-6 0-1 Won 1
Ancilla 5-5 .500 14-9 .609 3.5 10-3 4-5 0-1 Won 1
Glen Oaks 2-8 .200 9-12 .429 6.5 6-3 3-9 0-0 Won 1
Jackson 2-8 .200 8-14 .364 6.5 6-6 2-8 0-0 Lost 4
Kellogg 2-8 .200 3-16 .158 6.5 1-4 2-9 0-3 Lost 3
9 – NJCAA District 9 Qualifer
10 – NJCAA District 10 Qualifier
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Comments
  1. Marvin says:

    Please excuse me if I am ignorant but after reading the MCCAA Men’s Basketball rules (June 2014). It states under game management: 3. No dunking is permitted at the school during pre-game and half-time warm-ups. Correct me if I am wrong (and ask anyone at the game that watched the half-time show) isn’t that what Oakland was doing during half-time?
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we didn’t loose fair and square but I just don’t get these rules.

    • Marvin says:

      I do realize that the nature of the rule is meant to prevent fans from being victims of a high-flying error while walking in. Perhaps we need to bring back some half-time entertainment. I probably should be glad they did what they did because it was that showboating lack of concentration that almost handed Mott the win. To me it seemed as if Oakland was taunting the crowd (and only the crowd).

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