The Bears, winners of 13 of their last 14, entered the game tied for first in the MCCAA’s eastern conference with Macomb and Schoolcraft. After Saturday’s game between those two, Mott is now tied with only Macomb, a team they beat Wednesday night by eight.
Mott head coach Steve Schmidt said he had to work to keep his team focused for Saturday’s tilt, as Alpena (0-11) came into the game winless on the season. Alpena’s head coach, Frank McCourt, will retire after after the season, his 50th with the Lumberjacks.
“These are tough games to get ready for,” Schmidt told MRSN radio after the game. “To their credit, they’ve hung in there. Our league is good, so it’s tough.”
Mott (17-3) led the Lumberjacks by 21 at the half and by more than 30 for long stretches of the second half.
Wilson, a future division one guard, led all scorers with 31 points. Wilson had eight triples on 10 attempts. Freshman forward Marcus Cole added 17 points.
Schmidt said he continues to be impressed by the play of freshman point guard Darwin Weis, who came up huge for the Bears on Wednesday night versus Macomb.
“He’s still doing a good job running the team,” he said. “He’s defending well .. and anytime you hold a team to 52 points, you have a good chance of winning the game.”
Weis had nine points, seven assists and four steals.
Schmidt’s Bears will have three consecutive road games coming up, including Wednesday night versus Wayne County, a gym that has not been friendly to the Bears in recent years.
“I think we’re a much better road team than we’ve been in the past few years,” Schmidt said. “I see this team getting better, I really do. We have a tough stretch, but I think this team is up to the challenge.”
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