No. 16-ranked Mott knocks off No. 11 Delta in double OT thriller, 109-107

Posted: January 13, 2018 by Jared Field in College, Mott

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.

Listen to Mott Community College basketball all season long on MRSN Radio.

 

 

 

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