Archive for November, 2015

Mott sophomore Lorenzo Collier soars for a score in the second half against Triton. (Mike Tews photo)

Mott sophomore Lorenzo Collier soars for a score in the second half against Triton. (Mike Tews photo)

FLINT, Michigan — Two of the top junior college basketball programs in the Midwest locked horns on Friday night in Flint. Just as one might expect, it went down to the wire. The game featured seven ties and nine lead changes. It finished with an impressive win for the undefeated Bears, 73-67.

Mott, fresh off an important win over Muskegon on Wednesday night, didn’t play particularly well against a much bigger Triton squad. The Bears used their speed in the open court to score in transition and to get to the foul line, but easy baskets were nowhere to be found. These are two very good teams.

The game was tied at 34 at the half.

The turning point in the game came with 90 seconds left. After a 3-pointer by Triton’s Greg Carter cut Mott’s lead to six, Mott sophomore guard Jalen Adams buried a 3-pointer of his own on the ensuing possession as the shot clock expired. The teams traded baskets, free throws and timeouts the rest of the way.

The triple by Adams was the high water mark in an otherwise forgettable game for the 6-5 shooting guard. He scored 11 points on 3-for-14 from the field. He wasn’t alone, however, as the Bears shot just 33 percent from the field as a team.

For the second straight game, freshman Diandre Wilson led all scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds. Cedric Moten and Lorenzo Collier scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. Percell Washington led Triton (3-1) with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bears (4-0) will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night on the road against rival Lansing CC. If the Bears win against the Stars, they will almost certainly be ranked in the next NJCAA poll.

At the conclusion of the game, Triton head coach Steve Christiansen told Mott coach Steve Schmidt that he’d see him in Danville. Let’s hope he’s right.

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‘Statement game’: Mott runs past Muskegon, 93-79

Posted: November 12, 2015 by Jared Field in College
Mott freshman Jalen Fykes throws down a reverse dunk in the first half Wednesday night.

Mott freshman Jalen Fykes throws down a reverse dunk in the first half Wednesday night. (Michael Tews photo)

FLINT, Michigan — What a difference a year makes. Just nine months removed from his worst season as a head coach in two decades, Mott head coach Steve Schmidt got his swagger back. Mott (3-0) had its first big test of the season on Wednesday night against Muskegon, one of the top teams in the MCCAA.

The Bears passed with flying colors, cruising past the Jayhawks, 93-79.

“I thought that was a statement game for our program,” said the hall of fame coach. “They (Muskegon) may well be the best team in the western conference.”

Lansing, Mott’s opponent next week, may have something to say about that. But, suffice it to say, Muskegon is really athletic and loaded with experience.

The Bears led early thanks to the strong play of 6-3 sophomore guard Lorenzo Collier, who came off the bench and had himself a game. He scored 17 points including two straight pull-ups to put Mott up six early in the first half. (Collier actually played for the Bears two seasons ago before taking last year off. He is one of only three sophomores on Mott’s roster.)

The Jayhawks, led by sophomores Aaron Sydnor and Will Robertson, hung around for the entire half, scoring at the buzzer cut Mott’s lead to two, 38-36.

To put it mildly, the second half featured wild swings of momentum for both teams. Mott led by 10 with 11 minutes left in the game. Two and a half minutes later, the Bears’ lead was down to one. Two and a half minutes after that, Mott led by 16. That’s not a misprint.

The Bears’s final run was led by 6-3 freshman guard Diandre Wilson, who stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, five assists, five boards and six steals. He scored six points in a span of less than 30 seconds to put the game away with five minutes left. The exclamation point on the win came late on a ridiculous alley-oop to sophomore Jalen Adams, a D-1 transfer from St. Bonaventure. Adams scored 15 points with four rebounds and three assists.

That was one of many dunks on the night from a team that, at least on the surface, looks to be Mott’s most athletic bunch since the days of Doug Anderson and Torian Oglesby (the “fly boys”). The best dunk of the night came early, a rather shocking slam in transition from freshman Aaryon Davis, generously listed at 5-10.

Former Flint Beecher all-stater Cedric Moten started for the Bears, scored 13 points and showed the ability to stop the ball. He may well be the “glue guy” that Schmidt has always featured on his championship teams. He’s not as athletic as former Bear TJ Cameron (Kalamazoo Central), but he brings a lot of the same qualities to the program.

If the first three games of the season are any indication, this is a team that will win games by out-running and out-jumping their opponents. It’s going to be a little different than Mott’s great teams of the past; but, if this group stays together, they will win a lot of games.

The Bears have a quick turnaround this week, as they welcome Triton College (Illinois) to Ballenger Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Triton is also 3-0 including a recent win over Cincinnati State. Listen to the game live online at MRSN.us.