Archive for March, 2017

The 2016-17 campaign ended abruptly for the Mott Community College Bears on Thursday afternoon in Port Huron.

The issues that plagued the Bears in big games all season long came to the fore at the worst possible time, as Macomb turned a 21-5 second half run into an 85-84 win.

Macomb will take on Wayne County on Saturday for the right to play in the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, Illinois. Wayne County pulled a shocking upset over no. 9-ranked Schoolcraft College.

“We had some great looks down the stretch that didn’t go down,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt to MRSN radio. “These are two good teams.We competed right to the end.

“It’s a process. We just have to keep working.”

The Bears led by as many as eight points in the second half but, as we’ve seen in several big games this season, they failed to put a good team away.

 

Mott (24-7) led by one at the break and started the second half with on a 9-2 run punctuated by a 3-pointer from freshman point guard Darwin Weis. The Bears led by eight points and just 10 minutes later, trailed by eight.

 

 

Mott actually tied the game at 76 after a basket by freshman swingman Marcus Cole, but were unable to wrestle back the lead. After a pair of Macomb free throws with five seconds left, Austin Walker’s triple at the buzzer only made the final score more demoralizing for Mott fans.

 

Mott shot 36 percent from the field and were out-rebounded by 14 in the second half. The Bears’ lack of a frontline scorer and defender came back to haunt them against the Monarchs and their 6-8 beast Gary Parry.

 

Macomb freshman Dwight Burton led the Monarchs with 19 points.

Sophomore and 1,000-point scorer Diandre Wilson scored 25 points with six boards in his final game at Mott. Shawn Pardee added 16 points. Cole and Walker, both freshmen, added 10 points apiece.

Unlike the past few seasons, it appears the program is back on the right track. That said, Mott cannot afford to start another season two returning players. If Cole, Pardee, Walker, Weis, Sidney Mason, Louis Taborn, and Deon Palmer all return, Mott could contend for a national title next season. But based on the last few seasons, returning everyone is highly unlikely.

 

FLINT, Michigan — Steve Schmidt’s stars shone brightest on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the District 10 tournament. Schmidt’s Bears were matched up against Delta, a team they beat twice in the regular season by razor-thin margins.

Sophomore Diandre Wilson and freshman Marcus Cole proved to be too much for the Pioneers, as Mott advanced to the tournament semifinals with a 76-68 win. Mott will take on Macomb at 1 p.m. on Thursday at St. Clair Community College.

Wilson and Cole, Mott’s leading scorers this season, scored 51 points including the Bears’ first 10 points. Cole scored 13 of his 20 points in the first half while Wilson waited until the second half to score the bulk of his game-high 31.

The Bears were remarkably efficient early on, connecting on 15 of 23 shots in the first half including five of their first eight 3-point attempts.

Nursing a five-point lead at halftime, the Bears led by only a basket midway through the second half before sophomore Robert McCalley exploded for five points in less than 30 seconds. The Bears led by as many as 13 points with three minutes left before fending off a late Delta run to win by eight.

McCalley scored 16 points off the bench for Mott (24-6). Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee added nine points.

Jonathan Swift led Delta with 21 points. The Pioneers finish the season with a 10-15 record.

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Mott Community College will begin the 2017 NJCAA District 10 playoffs against Delta College at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night in Flint. The Bears, fresh off Wednesday night’s 71-55 win over Wayne County, will be favored against Delta, a team they beat twice during the regular season. Both games were decided by less than four points.

Delta finished the regular season with a 10-14 record. If the Bears beat Delta Tuesday night, they will play the winner of Henry Ford and Macomb at St. Clair Community College Thursday night.

The Bears’ win over Wayne County was the 14th win in 15 home games this season. Mott’s regular season record improved to 23-6. Mott led by 14 at the break and never was never close in the second half.

“That was a good win; They have good athletes on perimeter and inside,” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN Wednesday night. “Now it’s march madness. We got a lot of good efforts (tonight), but there’s a lot more to do. It’s win or go home now.”

Mott sophomore and 1,000-point scorer Diandre Wilson led all scorers with 33 points, five assists and five steals. Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee added 15 points.

The Bears, now at full strength for the first time in several weeks, surrendered  only 55 points against Wayne, their best defensive performance in over a month. They will need that and more to knock off top-seeded Schoolcraft.

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