Archive for January, 2017

Mott freshman Marcus Cole slams home two of his 17 points against Alpena (Gerry Leslie photo)

The Mott Community College Bears made quick work of Alpena on Saturday afternoon in Flint. The Bears’ top scorer, Diandre Wilson, could not miss from outside and led the Bears to an easy win, 85-52.

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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No. 8-ranked Mott knocks off Macomb, 66-58

Posted: January 25, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott

FLINT, Michigan — The Mott Community College Bears improved to 16-3 on the season after a  hard-fought 66-58 victory over Macomb Wednesday night in Flint.

The Monarchs, ranked no. 16 in the nation, were previously unbeaten in conference play.

The Bears led by nine points early the game before the Monarchs caught fire from behind the arc, rattling off 14 of the game’s next 20 points.

Macomb (15-3) led by one at the at the break before Mott finally got it going early in the second half. After an acrobatic and-one by freshman guard Shawn Pardee, Mott led the Monarchs by six midway through the half. The Monarchs clawed their way back and actually led by three with six minutes left.

From there it was all Mott. The Bears, sparked by freshman guard Darwin Weis, finished the game on a 13-2 run. Weis, a reserve point guard from Detroit, put the Bears up five with a clutch 3-pointer with 3:34 left in regulation. From that point, the Mott defense, again sparked by Weis, put the game away.

The Bears struggled mightily from the field all game, but managed to get to the rim with regularity. Mott forced Macomb into 20+ turnovers and cashed in from the foul line, hitting 23-of-34 free throws.

Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson led all scorers with 16 points and five assists. Shawn Pardee and Robert McCalley added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Kavon Bey led Macomb with 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Bears have won three straight games and will add another one to the win column at 3 p.m.  Saturday at home versus Alpena. The Lumberjacks (0-10) are the worst team in the MCCAA this season.

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No. 12-ranked Mott knocks of Henry Ford in double OT thriller

Posted: January 7, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott


FLINT, Michigan — There was a very conspicuous absence on the floor at Steve Schmidt Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon in Flint. One of the top JUCO guards in the nation, Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson, was in uniform but he never stepped on the floor.

Even so, the shorthanded Bears pulled off a double overtime victory over Henry Ford, 93-90. The victory is Mott’s ninth in a row.

Wilson injured his hamstring in the second half of Mott’s win over Oakland on Wednesday night. He probably could have played in a pinch, but Mott head coach Steve Schmidt said he did not want to risk tweaking it again.

Ironically, it was a player little known to Mott fans who ultimately won the game for the Bears. Louis Taborn, a 6-4 reserve forward, had seen a precious little playing time this season through 14 games. In fact, he didn’t log a minute of action against Oakland Wednesday night. That is about to change drastically.

Every time the Bears needed a big play, he delivered against the Hawks. A clutch free throw? Check. A huge 3-pointer? Check. Take a charge? Sure. Offensive rebound? He got that, too.

Taborn is a hard-working hustler in the mold of former Bear Matt Place. He finished the game with six points, 12 rebounds (six on the offensive end) and a flair for the dramatic.

With Mott down two and just 37 seconds left, Taborn’s defender backed off leaving a wide open 3-pointer, which he buried to give the Bears the lead.

With Mott nursing a three-point lead, Taborn drew a charge with 26 seconds left in the first overtime.

With the Bears up 91-90, Henry Ford’s athletic freshman guard, JaShean Green, had a free throw to tie the game with eight seconds left in the second overtime. He missed and, you guessed it, Taborn came down with the rebound. He tossed it to Marcus Cole who was fouled. Cole made both free throws. A desperation 3-point attempt by the Hawks’ John Merrieweather was long. Taborn got that one, too.

Game over.

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Taborn’s play off the bench was the performance of Mott sophomore Robert McCalley. The 6-4 forward from Chicago had his best game as a Bear, scoring 32 points on nine shot attempts with nine rebounds. That’s not a misprint. McCalley was 18-for-20 from the foul line.

Henry Ford (3-8) was led by Merrieweather’s 21 points. Green added 18 points including a couple impressive dunks.

Freshman guards Marcus Cole and Austin Walker scored 17 and 16 points, respectively for Mott (13-2). Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee added 14 points including a clutch three-pointer with a minute left in double overtime.

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Mott snaps Oakland’s 13-game winning streak, 81-77

Posted: January 4, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott



Shawn Pardee knocks down one of his four triples against Oakland Wednesday night. (Mike News, photo)

FLINT, Michigan – For a few fleeting moments Wednesday night, an old storyline seemed to be playing out just as it had back in 2009: Former Bear leads new team to upset win over Mott.

Only this time it didn’t go down like that.

Fortunately for no. 12-ranked Mott, the Bears spiked that old headline in the final four minutes to get the win over formerly unbeaten Oakland, 81-77.

Eight years ago a shooting guard out of Detroit named Willie Mustin, who transferred to Henry Ford after riding the bench at Mott as a freshman, led his new team to a huge upset over Mott on that same floor. Fast forward to 2017 and it was former Bear Malik Young’s chance. Young, a Flint Southwestern product, played for Steve Schmidt’s Bears during the 2014-15 season before transferring to Oakland.

Young caught fire in the second half, scoring at will from long (long, long) range. He scored 11 of his game-high 26 points in less than three minutes midway through the second half. He almost singlehandedly pulled the Raiders out of a 10-point second half deficit.

Mott (12-2) built upon its five-point halftime lead early in the second but struggled to take care of the ball for long stretches. The Raiders (13-1) actually led by three with six minutes left. From that point, there were seven lead changes and a handful of ties before a 3-pointer from the right corner by freshman Shawn Pardee put the Bears up four with less than two minutes to play. Pardee, the former Millington standout, led Mott with 20 points on only 10 shots.

Oakland couldn’t get Young free for any open shots from that point and Mott held on for the win.

Setting aside Mott’s 17 turnovers, there’s a lot to build upon after this win. The Bears survived the final ten minutes of the game with their top player (and leading scorer) Diandre Wilson hobbled with a hamstring injury. Wilson finished with 19 points but was rendered ineffective late with the injury. Schmidt will have to monitor his injury closely as the Bears are set to take on Henry Ford at 3 p.m. Saturday in Flint.

The Bears are now riding an eight-game winning streak of their own as they enter the meat of their conference schedule. After Saturday’s tilt versus Henry Ford, the Bears will have another big test on Wednesday night at Schoolcraft.

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Game Notes

  • Malik Young has clearly worked hard on his perimeter game. In high school, and at Mott, he was more of a slasher and pull-up shooter. Tonight, he hit several 3-pointers from John Taylor range. That said, Mott actually did a pretty good job on him save for that three-minute span mentioned above. Young shot 8-for-22 from the field and had three of his shots blocked.
  • Mott freshman Marcus Cole, a lanky small forward from Chicago, threw down one of the nastiest dunks I’ve seen at Mott since the Doug Anderson era. As soon as I get the video, I will post it. This kid has oodles of potential as an inside-outside scorer. Cole had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Mott played this game without the services of point guard Dedrick Shannon, who is no longer with the team. Shannon led the team in assists this season (and started a few games), so Mott will have to lean more on three freshmen: Pardee, Darwin Weis and Austin Walker. Pardee is a lot better than I think he gets credit for. He has an impressive all-around game, and is a sneaky good athlete.
  • Former Goodrich and Beecher standout Frank Green scored 10 points for the Raiders. A power guard in high school, Green has had a pretty strong freshman season for Oakland (14 points per game). Against Mott, Green scored 10 points with a pair of assists.
  • Wednesday night felt like old times for Mott, as basketball fans in Flint came out in force. If the Bears keep on winning, I expect the crowds will continue to find their way to Ballenger.

dsc_6618The no. 12-ranked Mott Community College Bears, winners of seven consecutive games, are set to take on unbeaten Oakland Community College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night in Flint.

The two programs have competed in a few epic battles over the years, and this one should be no different.

It’s a little difficult to handicap this matchup, given Oakland’s schedule to this point in the season. Eight of the Raiders 13 wins this season have been against JV teams. By comparison, Oakland will be Mott’s fourth nationally-ranked opponent this season.

To do a little comparison shopping, we can look at common opponents. To date, there are two: Oakland beat Grand Rapids at home by 19 points. Mott beat Grand Rapids at home by, you guessed it, 19. The other common opponent is Lake Michigan College. Oakland beat them (on the road) by eight. Mott beat them (at home) by, of course, eight.

So that was a big waste of time. Moving on.

Oakland is among the top scoring JUCO teams in the country, pouring in a pretty crazy 106 points per game. That said, it’s worth noting that they scored the majority of those points against really bad teams. Mott, for its part, is one of the stingiest teams in the country on defense, holding opponents to a paltry 36 percent from the field on the season. In four of their last five games, Mott has held their opponents under 61 points.

Mott is led by sophomore guard Diandre Wilson, who leads the team with nearly 22 points and four assists per game.

The Raiders are led by former Mott guard Malik Young, who transferred to Oakland after playing his freshman season at Mott in 2014-15. Young, at less than six feet tall, has averaged 29 points per game this season. He is leading the nation in scoring by a healthy margin. The former Flint Southwestern standout is accompanied by freshman guard Frank Green, another former Flint area standout who has averaged 14 points per game.

Sophomore Robert McCalley, a transfer from Chicago, has returned to the Bears’ lineup after being sidelined with an injury last month. McCalley is a major factor on both ends of the floor for the Bears.

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Eastern Conference
MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
Oakland 0-0 .000 13-0 1.000 7-0 4-0 2-0 Won 13
Mott 0-0 .000 11-2 .846 7-0 3-2 1-0 Won 7
Macomb 0-0 .000 9-2 .818 4-0 4-0 1-2 Won 1
Schoolcraft 0-0 .000 8-3 .727 4-0 3-2 1-1 Won 2
Wayne County 0-0 .000 6-3 .667 0-1 2-1 4-1 Lost 1
St. Clair County 0-0 .000 6-5 .545 5-1 1-4 0-0 Lost 2
Delta 0-0 .000 3-5 .375 2-1 1-2 0-2 Lost 1
Henry Ford 0-0 .000 3-7 .300 2-2 1-5 0-0 Lost 3
Alpena 0-0 .000 0-4 .000 0-2 0-2 0-0 Lost 4
Western Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
Ancilla 0-0 .000 9-1 .900 4-0 3-1 2-0 Won 8
Mid Michigan 0-0 .000 7-2 .778 4-0 3-2 0-0 Lost 2
Lansing 0-0 .000 7-3 .700 6-0 1-3 0-0 Won 1
Muskegon 0-0 .000 6-3 .667 4-1 2-2 0-0 Won 1
Kalamazoo Valley 0-0 .000 6-5 .545 4-3 2-2 0-0 Lost 3
Grand Rapids 0-0 .000 5-6 .455 0-3 3-3 2-0 Lost 2
Jackson 0-0 .000 5-6 .455 3-3 2-3 0-0 Won 1
Kellogg 0-0 .000 3-7 .300 2-3 0-4 1-0 Lost 1
Lake Michigan 0-0 .000 3-8 .273 1-4 2-4 0-0 Lost 2
Glen Oaks 0-0 .000 0-6 .000 0-3 0-3 0-0 Lost 6