Kellogg Community College’s men’s basketball team is still looking for a win this season after falling to Mott Community College on Wednesday.
The final score was 82-50 Mott.
Mott is currently undefeated with a 10-0 record at the top of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s Eastern Conference.
Leading the Bruins on the court were freshman forward/center Quentin Jones (Madison Heights/Madison High School), who had 13 points and 10 rebounds; freshman guard Keelan Stricklen (Eastpointe/Eastpointe High School), who had 10 points; and freshman forward Jarod Hubbard (Mattawan/Mattawan High School), who had five rebounds and five assists.
“We knew we had a tough task ahead of us as we prepared to take on No. 1 ranked Mott,” Head KCC Men’s Basketball Coach Gary Sprague said. “We got off to a good start leading by as many as six after the first five minutes. We were effective guarding the three-point arc as Mott was just three of 11 in the first half and finished the game shooting just 27% from outside. We also limited Mott to just five points scored from the free-throw line. (KCC was 8-14 from the charity stripe).”
Two factors figured prominently in our downfall, Sprague said: turnovers and Mott’s ability to turn offensive rebounds into points.
Still there were reasons to be optimistic about the upcoming beginning of conference play, Sprague said.
“Quentin Jones again played well inside,” he said. “Jarod Hubbard played well inside and his passing led to 10 points. Keelan Strickland played fearlessly attacking the handling Mott’s defensive pressure. And Solomon Patray III (Ypsilanti/Father Gabriel Richard High School) showed his quickness on defense with deflections, getting loose balls and rebounding. Solo was also fearless attacking the basket.”
The men’s basketball team plays next at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, on the road against Lansing Community College. The team’s next home game starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, against Jackson College in the Miller Gym on campus in Battle Creek.
Admission to all KCC home games is free.