The biggest game of the season didn’t go as planned for the no. 10-ranked Mott Community College Bears Wednesday night.
Mott lost its first home game of the season to no. 13-ranked Schoolcraft, 73-65. The Bears had been tied for second place with the Ocelots coming in to the game. After the loss, Mott will need some help to win the MCCAA’s Eastern Conference this season. Fortunately, the Bears still have another shot at Macomb, currently the top team in the MCCAA.
“Let’s give credit where it’s due; (Schoolcraft) deserved to win tonight,” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN radio. “Every hustle play they seemed to get. But all you can do is keep plugging away.”
Mott has a great chance to run the table in the final five games of the regular season. It would be hard to envision any other road to the conference title.
The Bears trailed by 11 at the half, and by as many as 16 in the second half, before cutting the lead to nine with 10 minutes left in regulation. Four minutes later, a basket by Schoolcraft’s Tariiq Jones gave the Ocelots a 15-point lead.
The Bears cut the lead to eight points late but couldn’t get any closer.
“We have to use this game in the right way; this loss is on all of us,” Schmidt said. “We have to take collective responsibility.”
Mott (19-5) was led by freshmen Shawn Pardee and Marcus Cole who scored 16 points apiece. Sophomore Diandre Wilson added 13 points.
The Bears return to action Saturday afternoon at Delta. The game tips at 3 p.m.
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