Mott Community College, on the strength of a 29-10 run in the second half, blew out Kalamazoo Valley on Wednesday night in Flint, 91-58. 

Both teams started off rusty after a delayed start to the game. After the sluggish start, the Bears simply overpowered KVCC. Mott (9-2) led by 30 midway through the second half paced by the play of sophomore guard Diandre Wilson. 

“It was a pretty good second half but we just didn’t have it at first,” said Mott Head Coach Steve Schmidt to MRSN. “It was a good win. We just need one more and then we can enjoy Christmas.”

The contest was the first of five consecutive home games for Mott in the next three weeks. The Bears must remain focused in preparation for the  January 4 clash against unbeaten Oakland CC. The Raiders are the only team in Michigan the Bears are looking up at in the NJCAA national poll. 

Wilson led all scorers with 22. Marcus Cole added 16 and Shawn Pardee 11. 

The Bears will take on Mid Michigan CC at 3 pm Saturday at Ballenger Fieldhouse. Listen live on the Michigan Regional Sports Network.  

The Mott Community College Bears won their fourth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, blowing out Muskegon 69-52 on the road. The matchup was the team’s last road contest for more than a month.

The Bears won their earlier meeting with Muskegon, 92-64.

Marcus Cole, one of the Bears’ top freshmen, was tasked with stopping Daryl Kirkland, a D-1 transfer from Eastern Michigan and one of the top players in the MCCAA. Cole held Kirkland to nine points on 4-for-17 from the field. It was a backbreaker for Muskegon, now 5-3 on the season.

The Bears (8-2), led by sophomore guard Deandre Wilson, led by 11 at the half. After Muskegon cut the Bears’ lead to six, Mott sprinted out on a 10-0 run to put the game out of  reach.

Wilson led all scorers with 20 points. Freshman Austin Walker scored 16 points on seven shots. Freshman Sidney Mason added six points, eight rebounds and five blocks. In addition to his stellar defense on Muskegon’s top player, Cole scored 10 points with six rebounds and three steals.

The Bears next five games will be played in the friendly confines of Ballenger Fieldhouse. They will be favored in four of five (Oakland the possible exception).Expect the Bears to continue creeping up the NJCAA national poll. They are currently no. 18 but that will certainly improve after Wednesday’s win over Lansing.

Mott will take on Kalamazoo Valley at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at home. Listen lives on the Michigan Regional Sports Network at MRSN.us.

 

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.

Listen to the Bears all season long on the Michigan Regional Sports Network at MRSN.us. 

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.

 

 

No. 16-ranked Mott blows out Muskegon, 92-64

Posted: November 11, 2016 by Jared Field in High School

Mott Community College improved to 3-1 on the season after a 92-64 blowout of Muskegon (1-1) on Friday night in Flint.

The Bears led by 16 at the break before exploding for 50 points in the second half. Mott shot 63 percent from the field in the half and 40 percent from three-point range.

Five Bears scored in double figures led by sophomore Diandre Wilson’s 20 points, five assists and five rebounds. Forwards Rob McCalley and Marcus Cole added 18 points apiece. Freshman guards Shawn Pardee and Austin Walker rounded out the scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Daryl Kirkland led Muskegon with 19 points.

Mott will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kalamazoo Valley.

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

 

dynamic-dozen-copy-1FLINT, Michigan — Next Friday night (Oct. 21) at Ballenger Field House in Flint, the past will collide with the present at the “Return of the Champions” alumni game. Mott’s 2016-17 team featuring sophomore Diandre Wilson, one of the top JUCO guards in the country, will take on the Bears’ alumni squad including some of the best players in school history.

“We’ve done alumni games in the past, but this might be the best collection of talent we’ve ever had on the floor at the same time,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt.

There are a few other big-time talents on Mott’s current roster that will turn heads this year, including Austin Walker, an all-state guard from South Carolina, local sharpshooter Shawn Pardee (Millington) and Chicago Bogan’s Marcus Cole.

The alumni team is headlined by three former national players of the year, Kevin Tiggs (ETSU), Jeremie Simmons (Ohio State) and Jay Youngblood (Kent State). Most of the players on the alumni squad have had careers overseas and several are still playing professionally.

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Jeremie Simmons

Simmons is in an elite class at Mott, having won national championship rings in each of his two seasons playing for Schmidt.

Tiggs, for his part, is a legend in Flint. In just two years, Tiggs went from relative unknown (having played very little organized basketball) from the north side of Flint to a division one recruit and future pro.
Youngblood’s no slouch, either. There are many longtime Mott fans who still claim he’s the best player to ever wear the black and gold. While Tiggs is a legend in Flint, Youngblood is a star in Lebanon. (He actually played as a naturalized citizen on the Lebanese national team.)
“This is a great opportunity for Mott fans to not only see our new team, but also see some familiar faces from the past,” Schmidt said. “I’m confident my team will compete even though they’re matched up against a bunch of guys who have played the game all over the world.”
Former Mott and University of Detroit forward Doug Anderson, the so-called best street ball dunker in the world, will also play for the alumni squad. Anderson, of TNT’s “Dunk King” fame, won the 2013 College Slam Dunk Contest in one of the most ridiculous displays of athleticism you will ever see.

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Doug Anderson

“If you never got to see Doug during his two years at Mott, you’re in for a treat,” Schmidt said. “We’ve never had a player electrify our gym quite like Doug.”

(His highlights from Mott alone are incredible.)

Joining Anderson are Carlos English (Cleveland State and current member of the Harlem Globetrotters), Greg Hamlin (ETSU), Jesse Bunkley (EMU) and Bobby Lewis (Northwood).

Every player on the alumni roster has won a championship in high school, college or professional basketball.

“This event is symbolic of not only where we’ve been as a program, but where we are going,” Schmidt said. “We have more banners to hang, more champions to develop.”

The game tips at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

Rosters for Bruin Club All-Star Game

Posted: June 22, 2016 by Jared Field in High School

Here are the rosters for the 24th Annual Mott Bruin Club Classic to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at Mott Community College in Flint. This game will feature the Flint area’s top seniors.

Players should arrive no later than 7 p.m. on game day for a 7:30 p.m tip. 

Black Team

Caleb Carter, Brandon
Jack Monro, Brandon
Tarq Archibald, Brandon

Dedric Hendricks, Atherton
Zach Leedom, Grand Blanc

Trey Edwards, Grand Blanc

Ian Hodges, Holly
Chris Bell, Lake Fenton

Ivan Warren, Southwestern
Tevin Taylor, Southwestern
Tilmen Thompson, Southwestern
Antonio Smith, coach
 

Gold Team

Quay Burks, Beecher
Daeshon Pride, LakeVille

Jamari Thomas-Newell, Beecher

Tyler Deering, Bentley

Logan Plude, Flushing

Malik Smith, Hamady

Shawn Pardee, Millington
Jared Long, Montrose
Eric McGeary, Lapeer
Byron Morse, Lapeer
Brandon Carpenter, Powers
Corey Townsend, Powers
Kevin Tiggs, coach

Please see the list below of invitees to the 24th Annual Mott Bruin Club Classic to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at Mott Community College in Flint. This game will feature the Flint area’s top seniors.

If your name is on this list, please send an e-mail to field.jared@gmail.com to confirm your spot in the game. You can also confirm via direct message to @jaredfield1 on Twitter.

We also have a list of alternates for this game in case there are players who cannot attend.

Players should arrive no later than 7 p.m. on game day for a 7:30 p.m tip. 

Invitees

Dedric Hendricks, Atherton (confirmed)
Quay Burks, Beecher (confirmed)
Daeshon Pride, LakeVille (confirmed)
Jamari Thomas-Newell, Beecher (confirmed)
Delon Willis, Beecher
Tyler Deering, Bentley (confirmed)
Caleb Carter, Brandon (confirmed)
Jack Monro, Brandon (confirmed)
Tarq Archibald, Brandon (confirmed)
Chris Gilbert, Fenton
Logan Plude, Flushing (confirmed)
Trey Edwards, Grand Blanc (confirmed)
Malik Smith, Hamady (confirmed)
Ian Hodges, Holly (confirmed)
Chris Bell, Lake Fenton (confirmed)
Eric McGeary, Lapeer (confirmed)
Byron Morse, Lapeer (confirmed)
Shawn Pardee, Millington (confirmed)
Jared Long, Montrose (confirmed)
Brandon Carpenter, Powers (confirmed)
Corey Townsend, Powers (confirmed)
Ivan Warren, Southwestern (confirmed)
Tevin Taylor, Southwestern (confirmed)
Tilmen Thompson, Southwestern (confirmed)
 

 

For the past two seasons, one of the top JUCO programs in the country has looked pedestrian at best. A shell of its former self, Mott (19-12) will once again have to regroup after a second consecutive 12-loss season and early ouster in the District 10 tournament.

The Bears were knocked off by Macomb in the semifinal matchup on Friday night at Delta College, 71-66. The Bears struggled throughout the game with inefficiency on offense and miserable shooting from the perimeter. Even after a furious late rally shaved Macomb’s 12-point lead down to one, the Bears simply could not execute in crunch time. It was the Bears’ second loss to the Monarchs this season.

“I’m really proud of that comeback; they hung in there,” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN Radio. “They fought hard these last two weeks … we just didn’t execute the plays well enough to win. But (Macomb) is a good team.”

The Bears had numerous opportunities to tie or take the lead in the final three minutes, but virtually every time the shot rimmed out or the whistle didn’t blow.

Freshman guard Diandre Wilson finished his season with 19 points. Mott’s second-leading scorer (after the loss of Jalen Adams) Lorenzo Collier, managed only eight. Mitch Rubio added nine. Freshman DJ Mayo, Mott’s best outside shooter, did not score.

Schmidt said he hoped his team of mostly freshmen stay committed to the program and dedicate themselves to getting better. Last year’s 12-loss team had very little promise. The players didn’t seem to mesh well and there was an obvious lack of commitment to the program on and off the court. Wilson will more than likely be the odds-on favorite to be the player of the year in the MCCAA. Mayo, in spite of his poor performance, is an offseason of strength and conditioning from being a high-impact player.

This group stands in stark contrast with the 2014-15 team; with a few key recruits, especially in the frontcourt, the Bears could have something special next season. The teams competing for the Eastern Conference championship this season are deeper and much more experienced. By this time next year, that description could be used for Mott.

That said, it’s a long slog for the program to get back to where it was. Bear in mind that Schmidt’s teams won 25 or more games in 19 consecutive seasons before the streak was snapped this time last year. That level of consistency is unparalleled.

Truly, 24 losses in two seasons at Mott just doesn’t seem possible. Add to that Mott’s three-year absence from the NJCAA National Tournament — for more than a decade, it was the program’s second home.

The future of the program boils down to recruiting. If Mott can’t figure out a way to find tough kids who hate to lose, the type of players who made the program great, seasons like this one will become the new normal. Like consecutive 12-loss seasons, that, too, doesn’t seem possible. Mott will be back.