FLINT, Michigan — Have yourselves a game, Bears.
The Mott Community College Bears (11-6), despite a slow start against no. 19-ranked Schoolcraft Saturday, turned in their best all-around performance of the season in a 94-76 romp.
The Bears are now 11-6 on the season and tied for first place in the MCCAA Eastern Conference.
Before the game, Coach Schmidt said his team was primed to make a run in the midst of a rough patch in their midseason schedule (six of eight games on the road). Now his team has a win over one of the state’s best (former no. 1-ranked team in the country prior to forfeiting six games) and will be favored in their next eight games.
The Bears actually trailed by seven points in the first eight minutes of the game before flipping the script. Fast forward 12 minutes and, after a 3-pointer from freshman Aaryon Davis, Mott led by eight going into halftime.
Four minutes into the second half the Bears, led by sophomores Jalen Adams and Lorenzo Collier, led by 13. Mott would lead by as many as 20 in the final three minutes of the game and cruised to victory.
Adams, despite playing on an injured leg, turned in a tremendous all-around performance. He scored 20 points with 11 rebounds and four steals. Collier, for his part, added 20 points with four rebounds and three assists. He’s turned up the intensity on defense as well, filling the gap left by freshman Cedric Moten who did not play.
Even without Moten, the Bears have guards for days.
Sophomore transfer Mitch Rubio started for the Bears against the Ocelots, but was sidelined with a leg injury early in the game and did not return. The unsung hero, in Rubio’s stead, was freshman forward Keion Farrington. He came off the bench to score nine points with nine rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Davis and freshman Diandre Wilson added 16 and 14 points, respectively. Darrin Mayo rounded out Mott’s five scorers in double-figures with 11.
DeShawndre Black led Schoolcraft (8-10) with 14 points.
Mott will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at Delta College. Listen to Mott Basketball live all season at MRSN.us.