Home playoff game riding on outcome of Mott’s game at Macomb on Wednesday

Posted: February 24, 2015 by Jared Field in High School
Mott freshman Daryl Bigham.  (Gerry Leslie photo)

Mott freshman Daryl Bigham. (Gerry Leslie photo)

FLINT, Michigan — Mott Community College (16-10) is one win away from a golden opportunity, a fresh start after a forgettable 2014-15 campaign thus far. After breezing through St. Clair on Monday night at home, the Bears will take on Macomb Wednesday night on the road. In their first contest, the Bears beat Macomb in dramatic fashion by four, 71-67. The stakes are higher this time around.

Assuming Wayne County loses to Oakland (and they probably will), the winner of the game between the Monarchs and the Bears will earn the fourth seed in the District 10 Tournament next week — and, most importantly, a home game in the opening round.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt believes his team will be focused and ready for the task.

“I’m planning on our team traveling to Macomb and playing as hard as we have all year,” Schmidt said. “It will be quite a challenge for us.”

The Monarchs are a different team now than when they played, and lost, to Mott back in January. After losing six straight games, Macomb has won four of its last five games. Mott, on the other hand, has surrendered four of its last six games.

The Bears will need inspired performances by their frontline scorers, Daryl Bigham and Darryl LeVert. The pair don’t often share the spotlight, but Wednesday would be a good time to try it out.

Strangely, Mott might not be done with Macomb even after Wednesday night’s game. The teams could very well meet in the first round of the playoffs, depending on how the tiebreakers shake out, on Tuesday night.

Wednesday night’s game will be broadcast live on MRSN.us starting at 7:30 p.m.

2014-15 Men’s Basketball Standings
Eastern Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
#, 10 – Schoolcraft 14-1 .933 25-3 .893 14-0 10-2 1-1 Won 14
10 – Oakland 12-3 .800 18-7 .720 2.0 10-2 6-3 2-2 Won 3
10 – Delta 10-6 .625 17-12 .586 4.5 9-6 8-6 0-0 Lost 1
10 – Mott 8-7 .533 16-10 .615 6.0 12-4 4-6 0-0 Won 1
10 – Wayne County 8-7 .533 15-11 .577 6.0 6-4 6-6 3-1 Won 1
10 – Macomb 8-7 .533 14-12 .538 6.0 7-6 6-4 1-2 Won 1
10 – Alpena 4-11 .267 8-15 .348 10.0 2-7 5-6 1-2 Lost 2
St. Clair County 2-13 .133 9-18 .333 12.0 5-8 4-9 0-1 Lost 9
Henry Ford 2-13 .133 7-18 .280 12.0 3-9 4-8 0-1 Lost 1
Western Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
9 – Lake Michigan 11-4 .733 20-8 .714 11-4 8-4 1-0 Lost 1
9 – Lansing 11-4 .733 19-9 .679 13-2 6-6 0-1 Won 6
9 – Muskegon 10-5 .667 20-7 .741 1.0 12-0 7-7 1-0 Lost 1
9 – Grand Rapids 10-6 .625 16-10 .615 1.5 10-3 6-7 0-0 Won 1
9 – Kalamazoo Valley 8-7 .533 13-15 .464 3.0 7-7 5-6 1-2 Lost 3
9 – Ancilla 7-8 .467 16-12 .571 4.0 11-4 5-7 0-1 Lost 1
Glen Oaks 4-11 .267 11-15 .423 7.0 8-4 3-11 0-0 Lost 1
Jackson 4-11 .267 10-17 .370 7.0 8-7 2-10 0-0 Won 1
Kellogg 3-12 .200 4-20 .167 8.0 1-6 3-11 0-3 Won 1
# – Conference Champion
9 – NJCAA District 9 Qualifer
10 – NJCAA District 10 Qualifier
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