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No. 12-ranked Mott knocks of Henry Ford in double OT thriller

Posted: January 7, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott

 

FLINT, Michigan — There was a very conspicuous absence on the floor at Steve Schmidt Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon in Flint. One of the top JUCO guards in the nation, Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson, was in uniform but he never stepped on the floor.

Even so, the shorthanded Bears pulled off a double overtime victory over Henry Ford, 93-90. The victory is Mott’s ninth in a row.

Wilson injured his hamstring in the second half of Mott’s win over Oakland on Wednesday night. He probably could have played in a pinch, but Mott head coach Steve Schmidt said he did not want to risk tweaking it again.

Ironically, it was a player little known to Mott fans who ultimately won the game for the Bears. Louis Taborn, a 6-4 reserve forward, had seen a precious little playing time this season through 14 games. In fact, he didn’t log a minute of action against Oakland Wednesday night. That is about to change drastically.

Every time the Bears needed a big play, he delivered against the Hawks. A clutch free throw? Check. A huge 3-pointer? Check. Take a charge? Sure. Offensive rebound? He got that, too.

Taborn is a hard-working hustler in the mold of former Bear Matt Place. He finished the game with six points, 12 rebounds (six on the offensive end) and a flair for the dramatic.

With Mott down two and just 37 seconds left, Taborn’s defender backed off leaving a wide open 3-pointer, which he buried to give the Bears the lead.

With Mott nursing a three-point lead, Taborn drew a charge with 26 seconds left in the first overtime.

With the Bears up 91-90, Henry Ford’s athletic freshman guard, JaShean Green, had a free throw to tie the game with eight seconds left in the second overtime. He missed and, you guessed it, Taborn came down with the rebound. He tossed it to Marcus Cole who was fouled. Cole made both free throws. A desperation 3-point attempt by the Hawks’ John Merrieweather was long. Taborn got that one, too.

Game over.

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Taborn’s play off the bench was the performance of Mott sophomore Robert McCalley. The 6-4 forward from Chicago had his best game as a Bear, scoring 32 points on nine shot attempts with nine rebounds. That’s not a misprint. McCalley was 18-for-20 from the foul line.

Henry Ford (3-8) was led by Merrieweather’s 21 points. Green added 18 points including a couple impressive dunks.

Freshman guards Marcus Cole and Austin Walker scored 17 and 16 points, respectively for Mott (13-2). Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee added 14 points including a clutch three-pointer with a minute left in double overtime.

Mott will return to action on Saturday at Schoolcraft. The Ocelots (10-3) may be the best team the Bears face this season. Listen live on MRSN.us.

Mott snaps Oakland’s 13-game winning streak, 81-77

Posted: January 4, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott

 

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Shawn Pardee knocks down one of his four triples against Oakland Wednesday night. (Mike News, photo)

FLINT, Michigan – For a few fleeting moments Wednesday night, an old storyline seemed to be playing out just as it had back in 2009: Former Bear leads new team to upset win over Mott.

Only this time it didn’t go down like that.

Fortunately for no. 12-ranked Mott, the Bears spiked that old headline in the final four minutes to get the win over formerly unbeaten Oakland, 81-77.

Eight years ago a shooting guard out of Detroit named Willie Mustin, who transferred to Henry Ford after riding the bench at Mott as a freshman, led his new team to a huge upset over Mott on that same floor. Fast forward to 2017 and it was former Bear Malik Young’s chance. Young, a Flint Southwestern product, played for Steve Schmidt’s Bears during the 2014-15 season before transferring to Oakland.

Young caught fire in the second half, scoring at will from long (long, long) range. He scored 11 of his game-high 26 points in less than three minutes midway through the second half. He almost singlehandedly pulled the Raiders out of a 10-point second half deficit.

Mott (12-2) built upon its five-point halftime lead early in the second but struggled to take care of the ball for long stretches. The Raiders (13-1) actually led by three with six minutes left. From that point, there were seven lead changes and a handful of ties before a 3-pointer from the right corner by freshman Shawn Pardee put the Bears up four with less than two minutes to play. Pardee, the former Millington standout, led Mott with 20 points on only 10 shots.

Oakland couldn’t get Young free for any open shots from that point and Mott held on for the win.

Setting aside Mott’s 17 turnovers, there’s a lot to build upon after this win. The Bears survived the final ten minutes of the game with their top player (and leading scorer) Diandre Wilson hobbled with a hamstring injury. Wilson finished with 19 points but was rendered ineffective late with the injury. Schmidt will have to monitor his injury closely as the Bears are set to take on Henry Ford at 3 p.m. Saturday in Flint.

The Bears are now riding an eight-game winning streak of their own as they enter the meat of their conference schedule. After Saturday’s tilt versus Henry Ford, the Bears will have another big test on Wednesday night at Schoolcraft.

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Game Notes

  • Malik Young has clearly worked hard on his perimeter game. In high school, and at Mott, he was more of a slasher and pull-up shooter. Tonight, he hit several 3-pointers from John Taylor range. That said, Mott actually did a pretty good job on him save for that three-minute span mentioned above. Young shot 8-for-22 from the field and had three of his shots blocked.
  • Mott freshman Marcus Cole, a lanky small forward from Chicago, threw down one of the nastiest dunks I’ve seen at Mott since the Doug Anderson era. As soon as I get the video, I will post it. This kid has oodles of potential as an inside-outside scorer. Cole had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Mott played this game without the services of point guard Dedrick Shannon, who is no longer with the team. Shannon led the team in assists this season (and started a few games), so Mott will have to lean more on three freshmen: Pardee, Darwin Weis and Austin Walker. Pardee is a lot better than I think he gets credit for. He has an impressive all-around game, and is a sneaky good athlete.
  • Former Goodrich and Beecher standout Frank Green scored 10 points for the Raiders. A power guard in high school, Green has had a pretty strong freshman season for Oakland (14 points per game). Against Mott, Green scored 10 points with a pair of assists.
  • Wednesday night felt like old times for Mott, as basketball fans in Flint came out in force. If the Bears keep on winning, I expect the crowds will continue to find their way to Ballenger.

dsc_6618The no. 12-ranked Mott Community College Bears, winners of seven consecutive games, are set to take on unbeaten Oakland Community College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night in Flint.

The two programs have competed in a few epic battles over the years, and this one should be no different.

It’s a little difficult to handicap this matchup, given Oakland’s schedule to this point in the season. Eight of the Raiders 13 wins this season have been against JV teams. By comparison, Oakland will be Mott’s fourth nationally-ranked opponent this season.

To do a little comparison shopping, we can look at common opponents. To date, there are two: Oakland beat Grand Rapids at home by 19 points. Mott beat Grand Rapids at home by, you guessed it, 19. The other common opponent is Lake Michigan College. Oakland beat them (on the road) by eight. Mott beat them (at home) by, of course, eight.

So that was a big waste of time. Moving on.

Oakland is among the top scoring JUCO teams in the country, pouring in a pretty crazy 106 points per game. That said, it’s worth noting that they scored the majority of those points against really bad teams. Mott, for its part, is one of the stingiest teams in the country on defense, holding opponents to a paltry 36 percent from the field on the season. In four of their last five games, Mott has held their opponents under 61 points.

Mott is led by sophomore guard Diandre Wilson, who leads the team with nearly 22 points and four assists per game.

The Raiders are led by former Mott guard Malik Young, who transferred to Oakland after playing his freshman season at Mott in 2014-15. Young, at less than six feet tall, has averaged 29 points per game this season. He is leading the nation in scoring by a healthy margin. The former Flint Southwestern standout is accompanied by freshman guard Frank Green, another former Flint area standout who has averaged 14 points per game.

Sophomore Robert McCalley, a transfer from Chicago, has returned to the Bears’ lineup after being sidelined with an injury last month. McCalley is a major factor on both ends of the floor for the Bears.

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2016-17 MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
Eastern Conference
MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
Oakland 0-0 .000 13-0 1.000 7-0 4-0 2-0 Won 13
Mott 0-0 .000 11-2 .846 7-0 3-2 1-0 Won 7
Macomb 0-0 .000 9-2 .818 4-0 4-0 1-2 Won 1
Schoolcraft 0-0 .000 8-3 .727 4-0 3-2 1-1 Won 2
Wayne County 0-0 .000 6-3 .667 0-1 2-1 4-1 Lost 1
St. Clair County 0-0 .000 6-5 .545 5-1 1-4 0-0 Lost 2
Delta 0-0 .000 3-5 .375 2-1 1-2 0-2 Lost 1
Henry Ford 0-0 .000 3-7 .300 2-2 1-5 0-0 Lost 3
Alpena 0-0 .000 0-4 .000 0-2 0-2 0-0 Lost 4
Western Conference
School MCCAA Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
Ancilla 0-0 .000 9-1 .900 4-0 3-1 2-0 Won 8
Mid Michigan 0-0 .000 7-2 .778 4-0 3-2 0-0 Lost 2
Lansing 0-0 .000 7-3 .700 6-0 1-3 0-0 Won 1
Muskegon 0-0 .000 6-3 .667 4-1 2-2 0-0 Won 1
Kalamazoo Valley 0-0 .000 6-5 .545 4-3 2-2 0-0 Lost 3
Grand Rapids 0-0 .000 5-6 .455 0-3 3-3 2-0 Lost 2
Jackson 0-0 .000 5-6 .455 3-3 2-3 0-0 Won 1
Kellogg 0-0 .000 3-7 .300 2-3 0-4 1-0 Lost 1
Lake Michigan 0-0 .000 3-8 .273 1-4 2-4 0-0 Lost 2
Glen Oaks 0-0 .000 0-6 .000 0-3 0-3 0-0 Lost 6

 

 

Mott blows out no. 8-ranked Lansing, 79-61

Posted: December 7, 2016 by Jared Field in Mott

FLINT, Michigan — The Mott Community College Bears didn’t have to stew for long over their loss on the road against rival Lansing last week. The Bears bounced back in a big way Wednesday night, blowing out the no. 8-ranked Stars, 79-61.

Mott (7-2) held the Stars to a paltry 30 percent shooting from the field in the first half to lead by seven at the break. Their performance was a far cry from the first meeting between the two teams, in which the Stars couldn’t miss from the perimeter.

Wednesday night, it was the Bears who had the hot hands. Led by their South Carolina sharpshooter, freshman Austin Walker, the Bears led by as many as 23 points in the second half.

Walker scored eight of his 18 points in a three-minute span early in the second half, hitting five of his nine attempts from 3-point range. Walker, Marcus Cole (shown in video above) and Diandre Wilson all scored 18 points on the night. Robert McCalley added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Isaiah Green, a high-flying sophomore forward from Southfield, led the Stars with 15 points.

The Bears started off slow, but it became clear that they were going to outwork the Stars on the defensive end. Lansing simply could not match their effort on either end of the floor.

The Bears shot 60 percent from the field in the second half and nearly 40 percent from long range.

This win, and especially the manner in which the game was won, will do a lot to raise the profile of the program moving forward. Lansing will, more than likely, be the team to beat in the Western Conference this season. For most of tonight’s game, Mott made them look very average.

Lansing (6-2) has impressive size on their frontline and some considerable athleticism, but they simply could not finish in the low post and consistently failed to close out on shooters.

A major bright spot thus far for the Bears has been the play of sophomore forward Sean Corcoran. The Flint Powers product scored eight points on seven shots and added eight rebounds. He’s filling the role played last season by Matt Place. He’s tough on defense and finishing around the basket. He has been a plus player all season.

Another Bear who is really starting to show out is freshman guard Dedrick Shannon. The Windy City product had four points, three rebounds and 10 assists in 24 minutes.

The Bears return to action on Saturday on the road against Muskegon. After Saturday, Mott will return home for five consecutive games before their battle against Schoolcraft on the road on January 14.

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FLINT, Michigan – Mott Community College improved to 6-2 on the season with a decisive 94-69 victory over visiting Columbus State on Saturday in Flint.

The Bears returned to the friendly confines of Ballenger Fieldhouse after a rough stretch of three road games including Monday’s loss to no. 9-ranked Lansing. Mott finished 2-1 on the trip, with hard-fought wins over Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Valley.

The overmatched Cougars looked like they might stick around in the first half after Mott’s leading scorer, sophomore Diandre Wilson, was whistled for his third foul with nine minutes left before halftime. The Bears responded, led by forwards Marcus Cole and Robert McCalley, and took a 16-point lead into the break.

Wilson (featured in the video above), who scored 61 combined points in the Bears’ last two games, returned in the second half with the game well in hand.

McCalley led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds. Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee added 20. Deon Palmer, an impressive frontline prospect from Fort Wayne, pulled down 11 rebounds.

Mott led by as many as 30 in the second half and had plenty of playing time to dish out to reserve players. You can see the depth of Mott’s roster this season, and it appears to be coming together well, especially on the offensive end. The Bears can score from all over the court, are athletic from top to bottom and have two guards who can fill it up from range.

The Cougars continue their skid, falling to 1-6 on the season.

The Bears will have an opportunity to avenge the Lansing loss on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Ballenger Fieldhouse. The Stars are 6-1 on the season with their lone loss coming against Owens (Ohio), coached by former Mott assistant Dave Clarke.

The game will be broadcast live at MRSN.us or on the TuneInRadio app.

 

 

Mott blows out Grand Rapids on opening night, 97-78

Posted: November 1, 2016 by Jared Field in Mott
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Diandre Wilson scores two of his 36 points Tuesday night. (Gerry Leslie, photo)

FLINT, Michigan — It would be hard to envision a better opening night for the 2016-17 Mott  Community College Bears. Head coach Steve Schmidt’s 26th season in Flint started off on a high note, as the Bears overpowered Grand Rapids, 97-78.

Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson, who led the team in scoring last season (20 ppg), didn’t take long to prove that he’s one of the top JUCO guards in the country. Wilson scored inside and out for the Bears, including a couple elite finishes at the basket, en route to a game-high 36 points (17-for-22 from the foul line).

Freshman Shawn Pardee, who a little over a  year ago was lighting up the Tri Valley Conference, scored 18 points in his debut. Pardee is a poor man’s Brad Redford, and that’s a caliber of outside shooter Mott hasn’t had in many years. He’s going to make it awfully hard on teams to play zone on the Bears. Certainly the TVC is not the Detroit PSL, but the kid twice scored 50-plus points in a game. He’s sneaky athletic, too.

Another freshman, Marcus Cole, scored 14 points including four dunks. The play of the game came midway through the first half on a fast break alley oop from Pardee to Cole. He slammed it home in traffic and the Field House went exploded . Mott led by 12 at that point and maintained that lead to halftime.

Grand Rapids cut the lead to as little as seven in the second half, but Wilson and the Bears came roaring back. After Cole’s fourth slam, the Bears led by 17 and rode the foul line to the final buzzer.

The Raiders (0-1) have some size (including a 6-7, 272-pound behemoth, Maxwell Pendergast) and a couple of quick guards from East Kentwood (Arthur Pearson and Jeffrey Drake-Todd), but they couldn’t keep Mott away from the basket on either end of the floor. Their guard tandem combined for more than half of the team’s points (41).

The Bears (1-0) shot 52 percent from the field and had three players (Wilson, Cole and Sidney Mason) with seven or more rebounds. That’s a welcome sign for Mott, a team that struggled at times last season on the glass.

The Bears will hit the road for two games in the Chicago area this weekend against McHenry on Friday night (6 p.m. eastern) and Triton on Saturday (4 p.m. eastern). Triton is ranked no. 2 in the NJCAA national poll after finishing runner-up last season in the national tournament. Both games will be streamed live on the Michigan Regional Sports Network at MRSN.us.

Mott 2016-17 Roster
# Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Pos. From
1 Dedrick Shannon 6-0 175 SO G Chicago, IL
2 Austin Walker 5-10 165 FR G Anderson, SC
4 Marcus Cole 6-4 190 FR G/F Chicago, IL
5 Robert McCalley 6-4 205 SO F Chicago, IL
10 Sidney Mason 6-4 200 FR G/F Chicago, IL
11 Diandre Wilson 6-2 170 SO G Ft. Lauderdale, FL
12 Shawn Pardee 5-10 150 FR G Millington, MI
21 Deon Palmer 6-7 210 FR F Fort Wayne, IN
22 Louis Taborn 6-4 195 FR F Davison, MI
24 Darwin Weis 5-8 150 FR G Detroit, MI
33 Sean Corcoran 6-6 195 SO F Flint, MI
Steve Schmidt – Head Coach – 26th season
Carl Jones – Assistant Coach – 24th season
Tommy Twardecki – Assistant Coach – 1st season
Greg Hamlin – Assistant Coach – 1st season

 

Mott suffers costly loss to Delta College, 70-59

Posted: February 17, 2016 by Jared Field in College, Mott

FLINT, Michigan — Midway through the second half on Wednesday night, Mott Community College was on the verge of suffering a historic home loss. Down 26 points to Delta College with 12 minutes to go, the Bears risked breaking a record that no one wants to break.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt called a timeout to implore his team to, at least for the rest of the game, pretend to care.

“I want you to play the rest of this game like it’s zero-zero,” he said. “I want you to play like the game is on the line. I don’t know if you have it in you, but I better see something.”

Over the next five minutes, the Bears went on a 12-1 run to cut the lead to 14. They showed something, but it wasn’t enough. The teams traded baskets and free throws for the remainder of the game, and the Pioneers held on for a 70-59 win. The deficit the Bears ran up in the first 30 minutes was too large to overcome.

With the win, Delta improved to 9-5 in conference.

The Bears have now lost four of their last seven games. Going back to last season, Mott has loss four of its last five meetings with Delta.

Mott (16-10) trailed by 14 at the half. The first 20 minutes were eerily similar to the first half against Schoolcraft College on Saturday. The Bears shot less than 25 percent from the field in both halves, taking away any legitimate chance of a comeback.

Mott has five conference losses and is now in a logjam in the MCCAA Eastern Conference. A win would have gotten the Bears close to a home playoff game. The loss gets them closer to a road game in the first round of the District 10 Tournament.

Freshman Diandre Wilson led the Bears with 20 points. Sophomore Lorenzo Collier added 12. Mott played without the services of their second-leading scorer, Jalen Adams, who is nursing an injury.

The Bears will play on the road Saturday at St. Clair, a team also fighting for playoff position. Mott beat the Skippers by 21 at home last month.

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Mott head coach Steve Schmidt looks to improve his record to 7-2 this season Wednesday night against rival Lansing.

FLINT, Michigan — Roles have been reversed in one of the state’s best basketball rivalries, at least for now. Mott enters its game versus rival Lansing at 7 p.m. Wednesday night in Flint as an underdog.

The rivalry, once dominated by Mott, is alive and well these days. Mott came up just shy of an upset over the Stars last month in Lansing, falling by three. Since then, however, Lansing has proven itself against the NJCAA’s best.

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Lansing CC head coach Mike Ingram

The Stars are winners of nine consecutive games including an impressive win over no. 1-ranked Schoolcraft. Lansing, under the direction of longtime coach Mike Ingram, has ascended to the no. 3 spot in the latest NJCAA national poll.

The upstart Bears (one returning player from last season) started the season unranked, but their 6-2 record has earned a no. 17 ranking in the poll.

This is rarefied air for Mott, one of the top JUCO programs in the country; historically, Mott hasn’t been an underdog against many.

Mott’s Hall of Fame head coach Steve Schmidt grew up in Lansing, graduated from Lansing Waverly and is a former assistant coach with the Stars. In fact, Schmidt and Ingram were both assistant coaches on the last Lansing squad to win a national title (1988). They both played at Central Michigan in the 1980s.

Between them, they have nearly 1,200 career wins. 

Schmidt jokes about how the pair coached together before any of their current players were born.

“I’m really impressed by how Mike has evolved as a coach, how he gets his teams to buy in and execute his system,” Schmidt said. “I love the challenge of coaching against his teams. He works hard and I believe he’s one of the best coaches at our level in the country.”

Since 2009, Mott has won nine of its 12 games versus the Stars. In recent years, however, the games have been much more competitive. In the last two seasons, the teams have split (each winning at home).

With all due respect to Schoolcraft and Oakland, Mott and Lansing have been the premier programs in the MCCAA during the coaching tenures of Schmidt and Ingram. The programs have featured numerous big-time players, and championships, in recent years. Mott, by itself, has four national titles since 2003 and 18 All-Americans.

Lansing, for its part, always seems to have a bonafide stud on every roster — Nate Duhon, Muhammad El-Amin and Torian Harris to name a few from the past. This year, the Stars are led by sophomore guard Javon Haines. The former East Lansing High standout had been the best player in the MCCAA even before his 55-point explosion against Alpena. He is currently leading the NJCAA in scoring at just under 29 points per game.

Mott counters with an exciting young crop of guards and wings who can run the floor with anyone — including Lansing. The best of the bunch is freshman Diandre Wilson, a smooth combo guard who can create his own shot and score going to the basket. Wilson averages 21 points, five rebounds and four assists per game.

In the first go-around, Mott actually held Haines to a season-low 10 points. Adams and Wilson combined for 48 points, but the Bears could not finish off a late rally.

The X factor for Mott is 6-5 sophomore transfer Jalen Adams. The former all-stater from Saginaw Arthur Hill played at D-1 St. Bonaventure last season. He has the pure talent to be the best player on the floor every game. He has only shown flashes so far this season, but most expect him to breakout in the very near future.

A new wrinkle for Mott is 6-6 sophomore transfer Mitchell Rubio, a local product who spent last season at City College of San Francisco. Rubio played in his first game on Saturday afternoon against Kalamazoo Valley. He made his presence felt almost immediately, scoring 13 points with six rebounds including two in the final minute to seal the victory.

Rubio brings size, athleticism and, most importantly, the ability to hit outside shots.

“Mitchell definitely makes us better,” Schmidt said.

Win or lose, the Bears are trending in the right direction. Schmidt has the horses to make a run this season. If he can hold this group together for two seasons, he will have something special.

“These kids are young, but this is going to be a good team once they get it figured out,” Schmidt said.

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FLINT, Michigan – Mott’s third straight win was anything but charming. The Bears turned away Alpena on Saturday afternoon in Flint, 74-60.

Leave it to Mott head coach Steve Schmidt to be angry about a 14-point conference win, but that’s his style; he’s almost never satisfied. Schmidt has not been happy with his team’s consistent inability to play a complete game this season. That was on full display Saturday.

Schmidt spent much of the game barking at his players for seemingly going in and out of consciousness on the floor, missing assignments, failing to box out and not getting after loose balls. At one point, he stopped freshman guard Austin Daniels with a question: “Are you OK?”

For short bursts, the team looked inspired on the defensive end. It wasn’t long, though, before they simply looked like they were mailing it in.

“I’m not happy with the demeanor of the guys,” Schmidt said. “I’m not happy with the effort. It’s a good win against a team we should beat, but I had some guys who just weren’t here. That’s all I’m going to say.”

There’s little doubt that Schmidt was reacting to the manner in which he team handled the game’s final four minutes. The Bears put their guard down and turned what should have been a dominant 25-point win into an outcome that leaves something to be desired.

It could have been a lot worse for the visiting Lumberjacks, but the home team didn’t roll out of bed until midway through the first half. The Bears, sparked by freshman wing Tommie Johnson, went on an 11-2 run to end the half up a dozen, 32-20.

Alpena is a much-improved team this season, scoring wins over Delta, Wayne County and Henry Ford this season. Without the services of Tristan Howard, the team’s top guard, the Lumberjacks could not handle the Bears’ pressure early in the second half. Just six minutes in, a 3-pointer by freshman guard Malik Young put the Bears up 23. It capped an 18-5 run by the Bears.

With Schmidt’s team fully in his comfort zone scoring points of turnovers, Mott didn’t slow the pace of play down until inside of four minutes left, still up 21. Setting aside the less-than-stellar effort to close out this game, the Bears are starting hit their stride on the defensive end. Mott has surrendered 67 or less points in five of their last six games.

Stephan Shepherd led all scorers with 24 points for Alpena (6-10).

Daryl Bigham led four Bears in double figures with 19. Young and Johnson scored 13 apiece. Justice Green added 11.

Mott will look to extend its winning streak to four on Wednesday night on the road against Wayne County. The Bears cannot afford to look ahead toward their showdown next Saturday at home versus Oakland.

No. 14-ranked Mott scores victory over Wayne County, 73-58

Posted: January 7, 2015 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott
Mott freshman Justice Green scores two of his game-high 17 points Wednesday night in a win over Wayne County. (Gerry Leslie photo)

Mott freshman Justice Green scores two of his game-high 17 points Wednesday night in a win over Wayne County. (Gerry Leslie photo)

FLINT, Michigan — No Bigham, no big deal.

No. 14-ranked Mott scored a huge 73-58 victory over Wayne County Wednesday night despite losing the services of their best forward, Darryl Bigham, to suspension. Bigham had to sit out after earning a flagrant (2) foul in the overtime loss to Owens on December 29 (he also sat out Mott’s road win over Alpena Monday night). Mott dressed eight players. Wayne County dressed 17.

The teams went back and forth in a first half that produced four ties and 20 (not a typo) lead changes. The Bears led by a single point at the half despite a mere two points out of 6-7 sophomore forward Darryl LeVert. LeVert struggled all game to get position in the post against Wayne’s stronger, more physical frontline.

The stage was set for high drama in the second half, but it never came to fruition. After a brief battle, Mott scored 25 of the game’s next 36 points to extend their lead to double-figures. The Bears led by as many as 17 in the half and cruised to victory.

Freshman point guard Justice Green turned in an excellent all-around performance for Mott with 17 points, six assists and three steals. His did his best John Taylor impression, scoring on some very low-percentage shots in the lane. Rod Milton added 12 points and five rebounds. LeVert and Tommie Johnson added 10 apiece.

Ashton Curd led Wayne with 15 points. The Wildcats fall to 8-5 on the season, but are still considered among the top teams in the MCCAA Eastern Conference.

Mott improves to 10-3 on the season ahead of Saturday’s showdown on the road against Oakland.

Under the circumstances, this was a huge win for the Bears. Without Bigham, this was a textbook trap game for the Bears. Kudos to head coach Steve Schmidt and his staff for having this team ready to play. It’s still early, but this team truly controls its own destiny in the MCCAA Eastern Conference. A win on Saturday would go a long way toward getting this program back in the championship conversation.