FLINT, Michigan — For higher-level JUCO teams, games against JV squads are little more than scrimmages. At times, however, they are just what the doctor ordered.
Wednesday night’s tilt with Marygrove JV was a confidence boost for Mott, as the Bears ran roughshod over the Mustangs, 110-57.
Mott (8-5) held Marygrove to just one basket in the game’s first 18 minutes (1-27 from the field during that stretch). The Bears moved the ball better as a team than they have all season, despite playing without three key players including star guard Diandre Wilson. The freshman, Mott’s leading scorer, sat out for disciplinary reasons.
No matter. Mott had three players combine for 83 points. Freshman guard Cedric Moten led the way with 31. Sophomore guard Lorenzo Collier scored 28 and sophomore wing Jalen Adams 24.
Adams needed a breakout performance after getting on the wrong side of his coach, Steve Schmidt, in recent weeks. Adams had been dogging it a bit this season, and found himself out of the starting lineup. Adams, a D-1 transfer and former all-stater at Saginaw Arthur Hill, is a serious talent and it showed Wednesday night.
Collier, for his part, turned in his best performance of the season by far. He scored from all over the court — in transition (including a dunk), pull-ups in the lane and from the perimeter.
Moten did what he always does: run the floor and hit open shots.
The Bears led by 30 at the half and cruised to victory.
The team is poised to be a contender for the Eastern Conference championship this season, in spite of the lackluster start. Mott has three winnable road games in a row before taking on the favorite to win the East (Schoolcraft) on January 16.
The Bears return to action at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at Wayne County. Listen live all season at MRSN.us.