Bears fall flat in second half against Wayne County, 77-68

Posted: January 30, 2016 by Jared Field in High School

DSC_4460.jpgFLINT, Michigan— Mott’s season officially went off the rails on Saturday afternoon in Flint. The Bears, nursing a tenuous four-point halftime lead, absolutely wet the bed in the second half against Wayne County, losing 77-68.

Mott didn’t score a basket for more than five minutes in crunch time, and managed only a pair of made field goals over a 12-minute span in the half. Starting at the seven-minute mark of the second half, Wayne went on a 12-0 run to put the game away.

And there’s more.

Mott’s leading scorer, freshman guard Diandre Wilson, missed six consecutive free throws. Mott missed 11 shots in the second half alone from point blank range. Mix in more missed free throws, no ability to rebound and numerous second chance opportunities for Wayne, and you have a season sweep. The Bears lost to Wayne earlier this month on a last-second shot, 58-57.

Wilson, for his part, led Mott in scoring with 18 points. Sophomore Jalen Adams added 13.

Wayne County took the lead with just over seven minutes left in the game. It was the 16th lead change in the game, and the final domino to fall before the Bears totally went into the tank.

Mott (14-8) had been riding high after an 18-point win over Schoolcraft (to that point the best team in the east) and a 21-point drubbing of St. Clair. Since then, the Bears have lost to Macomb, Wayne twice and had a near-miss at Alpena on Wednesday night.

It is becoming clear that the loss of freshman Cedric Moten has had serious consequences for the Bears. Moten, a high-energy guard who could rebound, score and defend, was lost weeks ago due to academic issues.

Fortunately, Mott has two very winnable games at home against Oakland on Wednesday and Henry Ford on Saturday before another showdown with Schoolcraft Feb. 13.

Wayne County (10-8) will host Schoolcraft on Wednesday night in the game of the week in the MCCAA. The winner of that game will have the inside track to the MCCAA Eastern Conference crown. Fortunately for Mott, there’s enough parity in the league to give the Bears a fighting chance the rest of the way.

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