Shooting for excellence

Men’s Basketball team dunks into conference play

By Natalie Shirvan, Staff Writer

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Bryan Collins blocks Alpena from advancing on the court.

The men’s basketball team experienced a minor setback mid-season bringing their record to 9-10 overall in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). To obtain this record, the Ocelots played Henry Ford Community College (Jan. 13), Mott College (Jan. 16) and Delta College (Jan. 23), falling short only to Mott 94-76.

On Jan. 23, Schoolcraft hosted Delta taking the win with big numbers, 94- 65. Sophomore guard Ja’Christian Biles racked in the points for the Ocelots with 25. Sophomore guard Dre Black also followed with 12 points and ten rebounds. In the first half, sophomore guard Tyler Johnson shot for 12 points and sophomore forward Anthony Wartley-Fritz made 10, giving the Ocelots a commanding lead, 47-33. The Ocelots didn’t back down when they headed into the second half, dominating the court.

Although the men averaged 61.1 percent (11-18) in free throws, the Ocelots made 48.1 percent (13-27) of their three-points. They also made 25 points from turnovers from Delta, compared toonly nine from Delta.

Taking a win from Delta has helped the Ocelots regain their confidence on the court. When Schoolcraft traveled to Flint to face Mott Community College on Jan. 16, the loss may have been disappointing, but humbled them after pushing hard, 94-76.

“After the loss, our focus has been getting better each day,” said Freshman Carlos Taylor. “We have to continue to grind and take one day at a time.”

The Ocelots started strong in the first half keeping a two point lead until Mott’s Darrin Mayo put up two three-pointers and Aaryon Davis made one, helping Mott keep a close game with Schoolcraft. The Ocelots were down in the first half by eight points, 41-33 when Mott’s Davis completed another three-point shot.

In the second half, the Ocelots continued to keep up with Mott; however, Schoolcraft fell short with the field goal percentage at 40 percent (28-70) against Mott at 47.4 percent (27-57). With many shot attempts, the Ocelots were off on the shooting.

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Schoolcraft player Tyler Johnson executes a layup
against the hard fought Aplena team.

Although Mott took charge on the court, five Ocelots put up double digits on the board; Black with 14 points, Johnson with 13, Taylor with 12, freshman guard Juwan Clark with 11 and Biles with 10.

“This has been a tumultuous year with ups and downs and learning opportunities for all of us,” said Coach Mashoour.

Black was strong on the court against Mott not only leading in points, but also had four defensive rebounds, five assists and two steals. Biles also took charge, especially on the defensive end with eight rebounds and three steals.

On Jan. 13, Schoolcraft hosted Henry Ford Community College (HFCC), head coach Abe Mashoour’s previous team; the Ocelots dominated, taking the victory 97-58.

From the reserves, freshman guard Bryan Collins and freshman forward Carlos Taylor stepped up on the court. Collins put up 12 points, including four assists and three steals. Taylor made 11 points and had four rebounds.

“My goal this year was to make sure I be a leader and have a big role on the team,” said Biles.

The Ocelots continue to shoot for excellence moving along into the season. For more information about schedules, stats and rosters, visit MCCAA.org.

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