Archive for January, 2018

FLINT, Michigan — The no. 16-ranked Mott Community College Bears survived a roller-coaster ride of a game against no. 11 Delta on Saturday, winning in double overtime, 109-107.

It marks the second consecutive win for Mott (13-4) against one of the top teams in the MCCAA Eastern Conference. The Bears have another big one coming on the road against no. 17-ranked St. Clair on Wednesday.

“We’re battling right now, but we’re going to get better, ” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN radio after the game. “The effort is there, we just have to play a little better.

“But this conference is unbelievable.”

Mott led by 12 at halftime before an early second half run by the Pioneers cut the lead to six. At the 12-minute mark of the second half, the Bears once again led by 12. Delta responded again, cutting the lead to one with three minutes left in regulation.

Delta tied the game after former Bear Cedric Moten rebounded a missed free throw, got fouled and hit a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left.

Mott’s Henry Speight and Shawn Pardee both had cracks at winning the game in regulation, but could not convert.

The Bears could not hit the broad side of a barn in the final six minutes of regulation, scoring only four points in that span.

Speight, who led Mott with 31 points and 10 rebounds, had another shot at winning the game in the first overtime, but failed to convert once again.

Mott’s sophomore sharpshooter Shawn Pardee hit two huge triples in the overtime periods to give Mott a chance to pull out the victory. It was not a heroic performance like Pardee’s last foray into overtime, but his shots were every bit as timely.

In the end, it was a bit of luck that propelled Mott to victory. After four consecutive missed free throws by sophomore Terrance Sewell, Delta managed to tie the game with under 10 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, the Pioneers’ LeOntae Parker inexplicably fouled Blake Williams with 4.6 seconds left. Williams hit both free throws and Delta’s last-second shot didn’t fall.

“We persevered, but we caught a break when their kid thought they were down,” said Schmidt, who won his 700th game of his career on Wednesday night. “I feel bad for the kid … I feel bad that either team had to lose this game.”

Marcus Cole and Eddie Thigpen scored 18 points apiece for the Bears, who forced 28 turnovers on the afternoon.

Former Bear and Hamady High School standout Jalen Fykes had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Delta. Torandis Mack, former International Academy of Flint standout, scored 31 points to lead the Pioneers.

Mack has improved his game by a factor of ten since his high school days. Mott didn’t have anyone who could keep him away from the basket.

The win puts the Bears in a tie for second place in the conference. Delta (10-2) returns to action on Wednesday at home versus Schoolcraft.

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Mott knocks off Schoolcraft for Schmidt’s 700th win

Posted: January 11, 2018 by Jared Field in College, Mott

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt, now a member of the 700 Club.

The Mott Community College Bears have had an up-and-down season to date, but showed signs of life in a big way Wednesday night in Metro Detroit. Mott knocked off the Schoolcraft College on their home court, 78-69, securing Steve Schmidt’s 700th win as head coach.

Schmidt told MRSN Radio after the game that he didn’t want the milestone to distract from what they were trying to get done as a team — getting better every day.

“I didn’t want it to bother anyone,” he said. “But it was a great effort by our team…a great effort defensively. They all stepped up. Now we can focus on Delta.”

The Pioneers are the next top team for the Bears to wrestle with. Delta lost its first game of the season on Wednesday night, but still holds the league’s best record (10-1).

The Bears (12-4) led by nine at the half and shot the lights out early in the second half en route to a 20-point lead. The Ocelots (10-5) cut the lead to seven in the final five minutes of the game, but Mott made enough stops and free throws to secure win no. 700 for their coach.

Freshman Henry Speight led the Bears with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Terrance Sewell add 12 points and nine rebounds.

Mott held Schoolcraft to an atrocious 37 percent shooting from the field in the game.

From ABC 12: Schmidt wins Number 700

When you consider that 20 wins, in the college game, is generally considered the measuring stick for a good season, 700 wins is staggering. At 20 wins per season, it would take 35 seasons to get to 700. Schmidt did it with eight seasons to spare.

Schmidt is already in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and is one of only a handful of coaches in the 700 Club.

As memorable as this win will be for Coach Schmidt, nothing tops his 600th win in the state championship game in 2013.

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Eastern Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
Henry Ford 3-0 1.000 12-3 .800 6-0 4-3 2-0 Won 5
Delta 2-1 .667 10-1 .909 1.0 5-0 4-1 1-0 Lost 1
St. Clair County 2-1 .667 12-3 .800 1.0 7-1 5-2 0-0 Lost 1
Mott 1-1 .500 12-4 .750 1.5 6-1 4-3 2-0 Won 1
Macomb 1-1 .500 8-6 .571 1.5 4-2 3-2 1-2 Lost 1
Schoolcraft 1-2 .333 10-5 .667 2.0 4-1 5-3 1-1 Lost 2
Wayne County 1-2 .333 6-4 .600 2.0 1-2 4-1 1-1 Won 1
Oakland 1-2 .333 8-6 .571 2.0 5-2 3-3 0-1 Won 1
Alpena 0-2 .000 1-9 .100 2.5 0-3 1-5 0-1 Lost 6
Western Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
Ancilla 3-0 1.000 13-1 .929 7-0 5-0 1-1 Won 4
Lake Michigan 2-0 1.000 6-7 .462 0.5 3-3 3-4 0-0 Won 2
Grand Rapids 2-1 .667 10-4 .714 1.0 7-0 2-3 1-1 Won 1
Lansing 2-1 .667 5-8 .385 1.0 5-4 0-4 0-0 Lost 1
Muskegon 2-1 .667 5-8 .385 1.0 3-1 2-7 0-0 Won 2
Mid Michigan 1-2 .333 7-5 .583 2.0 2-3 5-2 0-0 Lost 1
Jackson 1-2 .333 7-6 .538 2.0 4-1 2-5 1-0 Won 1
Kalamazoo Valley 1-2 .333 4-11 .267 2.0 1-7 3-4 0-0 Lost 2
Kellogg 0-2 .000 0-9 .000 2.5 0-3 0-6 0-0 Lost 9
Glen Oaks 0-3 .000 3-11 .214 3.0 2-4 1-6 0-1 Lost 8