Mott Community College has one week to prepare for its biggest game of the season next Wednesday night at home versus Schoolcraft.
The Bears dispatched Henry Ford 84-73 on Wednesday night in Dearborn thanks to a pair of timely offensive outbursts against the Hawks.
Henry Ford is not a team to be taken lightly. The Hawks, a longtime rival of the Bears, have wins over Oakland and Schoolcraft this season. Mott struggled to put Henry Ford away in the second half. The Hawks have been notoriously tough at home for many years.
Mott head coach Steve Schmidt was not discouraged by his team’s play defensively, and seemed pretty impressed by some of the shots that were falling for the opposition.
“Everything for us starts with Darwin Weis defensively,” Schmidt told MRSN Radio after the game. “He brings a lot of energy to the game … but they hit some tough shots … (Henry Ford) is a good team. They’re going to knock off some teams in front of them before the season is over.”
Mott (19-4) trailed in the first half before cutting loose on a 20-4 run to take a 14-point lead. Henry Ford responded with a 16-6 run of their own to cut the lead to six with four minutes left in regulation. From that point, it was all Bears.
Mott scored the game’s next eight points. Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee buried a huge 3-pointer from the corner with three minutes left in the game to extend the lead to nine. Mott cruised to victory from the charity stripe and got out of Dearborn with an important victory.
The Bears are still very much in control of their own destiny in the MCCAA Eastern Conference.
Sophomore guard Diandre Wilson led the Bears with 20 points. Freshman Marcus Cole added 18.
Jerris Cargile had 24 points for Henry Ford (10-9).
Listen to Mott basketball live all season online at MRSN.us. Wednesday night’s big game against Schoolcraft tips at 7:30 p.m.