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Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson led the Bears with 26 points against Macomb on Saturday (Feb. 25)

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt confirmed what many fans already knew Saturday afternoon after his team’s 83-79 loss to Macomb.

“We’ll probably see this team again,” said Steve Schmidt, among the winningest coaches in JUCO basketball history.

Schmidt has made a career out of avenging regular season losses in the playoffs.

The Monarchs and the Bears, ranked 12 and 13 respectively in the most recent NJCAA poll, comprise two-thirds of the Big Three in the MCCAA’s Eastern Conference — Schoolcraft rounds out of the trio. For the MCCAA Eastern Conference to have three legitimate national championship contenders is unprecedented.

The Bears (21-6) will take on Alpena on the road Monday night before wrapping up the regular season on Wednesday night at home versus Wayne County. That game could decide third place in the conference. If the Bears get the third seed, they would play the sixth seed in the first round of the District 10 tournament March 7 at home.

Schmidt has foreshadowed postseason success for this squad all season long, and he did it again even in defeat Saturday afternoon. Schmidt told MRSN radio that he is not discouraged about the team and their prospects for the near future.

“I still feel like we have a lot left in  us,” Schmidt said. “That was one hell of a college basketball game.”

That was an understatement.

Mott trailed by nine at the half and by as many as 12 early in the second half before a furious comeback. Led by Marcus Cole, Diandre Wilson and Shawn Pardee, the Bears sprinted out on a 20-5 run punctuated by a Cole dunk that put Mott up one midway through the second half.

The Monarchs (22-4) led by freshman Dwight Burton responded with a 9-2 run of their own. The Bears, with their best forward Robert McCalley on the bench with four fouls, couldn’t get the stops they needed down the stretch. McCalley ultimately fouled out with less than five minutes left in the game.

Freshman point guard Darwin Weis cut the Macomb lead to one with under three minutes to play before Macomb’s Antonio Capaldi responded immediately with a triple to put the Monarchs back up four. Macomb made its free throws down the stretch to put the game away.




“We battled back; we made a few mistakes but our guys hung tough,” Schmidt said. “They are in first place for a reason. Really Proud of the effort. I liked a lot of things.”

Mott split the season series. They beat the Monarchs 66-58 at home January 25.

Wilson, the Bears’ leading scoring, led Mott with 26 points. Cole poured in 18 points with eight rebounds. Freshman guard Austin Walker added 13 points off the bench.

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2017 NJCAA District 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament
March 7, 9, 11, 2017
St. Clair County CC, Port Huron, MI

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Campus Sites, Higher Seed

Game 1 – Eastern Conference 6th Place vs. Eastern Conference 3rd Place, 7:00 or 7:30 PM
Game 2 – Eastern Conference 7th Place vs. Eastern Conference 2nd Place, 7:00 or 7:30 PM
Game 3 – Eastern Conference 5th Place vs. Eastern Conference 4th Place, 7:00 or 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 9, 2017
St. Clair County CC, Port Huron, MI

Game 4 – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 1:00 PM
Game 5 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Eastern Conference 1st Place, 3:00 PM

Saturday, March 10, 2017
St. Clair County CC, Port Huron, MI

Game 6 – Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5, 1:00 PM

Winner advances to NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, IL


No. 10-ranked Mott falls to no. 13 Schoolcraft,73-65

Posted: February 15, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott

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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Mott improves to 19-4 with road win over Henry Ford, 84-73

Posted: February 8, 2017 by Jared Field in College, Mott

Mott Community College has one week to prepare for its biggest game of the season next Wednesday night at home versus Schoolcraft.

The Bears dispatched Henry Ford 84-73 on Wednesday night in Dearborn thanks to a pair of timely offensive outbursts against the Hawks.

Henry Ford is not a team to be taken lightly. The Hawks, a longtime rival of the Bears, have wins over Oakland and Schoolcraft this season. Mott struggled to put Henry Ford away in the second half.  The Hawks have been notoriously tough at home for many years.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt was not discouraged by his team’s play defensively, and seemed pretty impressed by some of the shots that were falling for the opposition.

“Everything for us starts with Darwin Weis defensively,” Schmidt told MRSN Radio after the game. “He brings a lot of energy to the game … but they hit some tough shots … (Henry Ford) is a good team. They’re going to knock off some teams in front of them before the season is over.”

Mott (19-4) trailed in the first half before cutting loose on a 20-4 run to take a 14-point lead. Henry Ford responded with a 16-6 run of their own to cut the lead to six with four minutes left in regulation. From that point, it was all Bears.

Mott scored the game’s next eight points. Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee buried a huge 3-pointer from the corner with three minutes left in the game to extend the lead to nine. Mott cruised to victory from the charity stripe and got out of Dearborn with an important victory.

The Bears are still very much in control of their own destiny in the MCCAA Eastern Conference.

Sophomore guard Diandre Wilson led the Bears with 20 points. Freshman Marcus Cole added 18.

Jerris Cargile had 24 points for Henry Ford (10-9).

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No. 7-ranked Mott blows out no. 12 Oakland, 96-80

Posted: February 4, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott



Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson

The top JUCO guard in the state poured in 37 points to lead no. 7-ranked Mott over no. 12 Oakland on the road Saturday afternoon, 96-80.

Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson, fresh off being named the NJCAA player of the week, scored 25 points in the second half to turn a tight game into an easy victory. He added six assists and six rebounds.

The Bears led by four at the half and nursed a three point lead early in the second half before Wilson led the Bears on a 20-7 run. Back-to-back triples by Wilson put the Bears up 16 midway through the second half and they held serve for the rest of the game.

“It’s a hell of a win,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt to MRSN radio after the game.
“They’re a really good team and they’re awfully tough (at home)…this was a man’s game. We had some men step up today.”

The Bears desperately needed this win after letting one get away in the final seconds Wednesday night at Wayne County, 62-60.

“If we’d played like that the other night, we wouldn’t have lost,” Schmidt said. “I’m really happy with this win. We control our own destiny.”

Mott freshman Marcus Cole scored 18 points with six rebounds and a thunderous dunk. Freshmen Shawn Pardee and Sidney Mason added 14 and 10 points, respectively.




The Bears are now 7-2 in conference and 18-4 overall. That puts Mott in a tie for second place behind Macomb, which has a hellish schedule down the stretch of the season. The Monarchs only loss in conference came to Mott last month. The Bears will get another crack at Schoolcraft, currently tied with Mott in second place, at home on February 15.

The Bears have another tough game on the road Wednesday night against Henry Ford. The Hawks have played great of late including a win this week over Oakland (17-5).

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No. 8-ranked Mott knocks off Macomb, 66-58

Posted: January 25, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott

FLINT, Michigan — The Mott Community College Bears improved to 16-3 on the season after a  hard-fought 66-58 victory over Macomb Wednesday night in Flint.

The Monarchs, ranked no. 16 in the nation, were previously unbeaten in conference play.

The Bears led by nine points early the game before the Monarchs caught fire from behind the arc, rattling off 14 of the game’s next 20 points.

Macomb (15-3) led by one at the at the break before Mott finally got it going early in the second half. After an acrobatic and-one by freshman guard Shawn Pardee, Mott led the Monarchs by six midway through the half. The Monarchs clawed their way back and actually led by three with six minutes left.

From there it was all Mott. The Bears, sparked by freshman guard Darwin Weis, finished the game on a 13-2 run. Weis, a reserve point guard from Detroit, put the Bears up five with a clutch 3-pointer with 3:34 left in regulation. From that point, the Mott defense, again sparked by Weis, put the game away.

The Bears struggled mightily from the field all game, but managed to get to the rim with regularity. Mott forced Macomb into 20+ turnovers and cashed in from the foul line, hitting 23-of-34 free throws.

Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson led all scorers with 16 points and five assists. Shawn Pardee and Robert McCalley added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Kavon Bey led Macomb with 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Bears have won three straight games and will add another one to the win column at 3 p.m.  Saturday at home versus Alpena. The Lumberjacks (0-10) are the worst team in the MCCAA this season.

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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

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

Posted: January 4, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott



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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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 or on the TuneInRadio app.