Archive for February, 2016

Mott suffers costly loss to Delta College, 70-59

Posted: February 17, 2016 by Jared Field in College, Mott

FLINT, Michigan — Midway through the second half on Wednesday night, Mott Community College was on the verge of suffering a historic home loss. Down 26 points to Delta College with 12 minutes to go, the Bears risked breaking a record that no one wants to break.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt called a timeout to implore his team to, at least for the rest of the game, pretend to care.

“I want you to play the rest of this game like it’s zero-zero,” he said. “I want you to play like the game is on the line. I don’t know if you have it in you, but I better see something.”

Over the next five minutes, the Bears went on a 12-1 run to cut the lead to 14. They showed something, but it wasn’t enough. The teams traded baskets and free throws for the remainder of the game, and the Pioneers held on for a 70-59 win. The deficit the Bears ran up in the first 30 minutes was too large to overcome.

With the win, Delta improved to 9-5 in conference.

The Bears have now lost four of their last seven games. Going back to last season, Mott has loss four of its last five meetings with Delta.

Mott (16-10) trailed by 14 at the half. The first 20 minutes were eerily similar to the first half against Schoolcraft College on Saturday. The Bears shot less than 25 percent from the field in both halves, taking away any legitimate chance of a comeback.

Mott has five conference losses and is now in a logjam in the MCCAA Eastern Conference. A win would have gotten the Bears close to a home playoff game. The loss gets them closer to a road game in the first round of the District 10 Tournament.

Freshman Diandre Wilson led the Bears with 20 points. Sophomore Lorenzo Collier added 12. Mott played without the services of their second-leading scorer, Jalen Adams, who is nursing an injury.

The Bears will play on the road Saturday at St. Clair, a team also fighting for playoff position. Mott beat the Skippers by 21 at home last month.

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Mott sophomore Lorenzo Collier

FLINT, Michigan –Mott sophomore Lorenzo Collier wasn’t about to let his team overlook Henry Ford CC on Saturday afternoon in Flint. With Mott clinging to a razor-thin margin in the MCCAA Eastern Conference standings, every league game is a must-win from here on out.

Collier, the former Detroit Pershing standout, scored 16 points in the first eight minutes of the game and 34 total to lead the Bears to a surprisingly tight 83-74 win over the Hawks. He connected on seven 3-pointers.

“We’re so proud of Lorenzo,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt. “He’s our hardest working player; he’s our best defensive player, too. It’s great to see players like that rewarded.”

Mott struggled with the Hawks in the first half before a late flurry from, no surprise, Collier put the Bears up by seven at the half.

The Hawks sprinted out on a 6-0 run before the Bears finally took control of the game — at least for a few minutes. After another 3-pointer by Collier and a dunk in transition from freshman Keion Ferrington, the Bears were up nine with 12 minutes left in regulation.

The Hawks once again crawled their way back, ultimately tying the game at 67 with five minutes left. Once again it was Collier who bailed out the Bears with a huge triple from the top of the key. Diandre Wilson nailed another triple on the ensuing possession to finally put the Hawks to bed. It was the exclamation point on a timely 10-0 run by Mott.

“It wasn’t one of our best games, but we will take the win,” Schmidt said. “We’re still a work in progress, but we are one of the top teams in the region.”

Before Mott fans start reading too much into a lackluster performance, bear in mind that the Bears have wins over Muskegon, Schoolcraft and Triton, the current no. 1-ranked team in the country. They also have two narrow losses to Lansing, another team that achieved the no. 1-ranking before losing to Muskegon.

In spite of all the ups and down, the Bears are still in the hunt.

The Bears have one week to prepare for the game that may ultimately make (or break) their season — Saturday’s tilt on the road against Schoolcraft. The Bears are currently one game back in the standings. Schoolcraft has won six straight games.

Ferrington scored 14 points(6-6) with seven rebounds and four assists for the Bears.  Diandre Wilson and Jalen Adams added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Wilson added six assists.

Freshman Deangelo Carlton led Henry Ford (1-18) with 25 points.

Mott’s game versus Schoolcraft will be broadcast on MRSN.us starting at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Trailing Oakland by eight at the half, the Mott Community College Bears somehow managed to find a sense of urgency that had been lacking in the game’s first 20 minutes. The Bears pulled themselves together to win 84-79.

Mott (15-8) turned an 8-point deficit into a 10-point lead over a span of eight minutes. The 25-7 run took the sting out of a brutal first half for the Bears, who couldn’t make anything happen offensively and couldn’t stop Oakland’s 6-7 freshman Kevin Hayes.

“That was a great second half for us,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt on MRSN. “A lot of teams would’ve folded. I’m proud of our guys. They accepted a challenge at halftime.”

Schmidt said he didn’t yell at the team per se, but simply challenged them to play with purpose and intensity.

“They really answered the bell,” he said. “And there aren’t many programs I’d rather beat (than Oakland).”

The run was paced by Mott’s big three, Jalen Adams, Diandre Wilson and Lorenzo Collier. The trio has been leading the Bears’ scoring attack all season. The trio combined to score 57 points. Freshman DJ Mayo added 10 points for the Bears.

Mott also welcomed the return of athletic freshman guard Aaryon Davis, who gave the Bears good minutes in his first game back after injuring his ankle last week.

The Bears led by as many as 14 points in the second half before a 7-0 run by the Raiders cut the lead to seven with two minutes left.

The Bears, reeling from a home loss to Wayne County on Saturday, now have the opportunity to settle in for the stretch run. Mott will take on Henry Ford, the bottom feeder in the MCCAA Eastern Conference at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The following Saturday, Mott will travel to Schoolcraft to take on the Ocelots, currently alone in first place. The Bears beat the Ocelots by 18 three weeks ago at home.

Kevin Hayes led Oakland (9-12) with 31 points. The Raiders chances of winning the conference are all but dead, falling to 5-5 in the MCCAA East.

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