The Mott Community College Bears bounced back Wednesday night, scoring the team’s second double-digit victory over Henry Ford this season, 73-62. The Bears now will have a week to prepare for Schoolcraft, the top team in the MCCAA.
Schoolcraft beat Oakland 88-82 in the marquee matchup of the season on Wednesday night. The Ocelots have won 11 games in a row. An upset win over Schoolcraft would all but assure the Bears a home game in the District 10 tournament in March.
Against Henry Ford (6-15), Mott played without its best player, freshman forward Daryl Bigham, who is nursing a stomach illness. Into the breach stepped 6-8 sophomore Darryl LeVert, who put in his best effort of the season. LeVert was energetic on both ends of the floor and dominant, at times, in the paint.
The Bears (15-8) trailed early in the game but put together a 9-0 run midway through the first half to take the lead. Henry Ford managed to stick around in the half and even took a one-point lead into halftime.
The second half was all Mott, led by Levert and freshman guard Malik Young. The pair combined for 37 points. LeVert added a season-high 19 rebounds and five assists. Tommie Johnson, a reserve wing, entered the starting lineup against Henry Ford and scored 12.
“It feels good to win,” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN Radio. “There aren’t too many easy road games, and we’re struggling … we’re going to make the most out of it.”
The loss of Bigham to an illness, hopefully not a prolonged one, is just another in a long line of challenges for the team this season.
“Whatever could’ve gone wrong has gone wrong this season,” Schmidt said. “But, we have four more league games to go and we know anything can happen in college basketball.”
Listen to Mott’s game versus Schoolcraft at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday on MRSN radio.