Warren Mott boys basketball coach looking for consistency

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published February 2, 2018

 Warren Mott junior wing De’Jon Gantz goes up for a shot during a practice earlier this season. The Marauders’ next game is against Madison Heights Madison at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at home.

Warren Mott junior wing De’Jon Gantz goes up for a shot during a practice earlier this season. The Marauders’ next game is against Madison Heights Madison at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at home.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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WARREN — At press time, Warren Mott boys basketball was 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

A solid season, but coach Jeff Olind knows there’s one thing missing.

“We’ve got to find some consistency,” Olind said. “One night we’re great. The next night we struggle.”

Olind’s sentiments are backed up by statistics.

The Marauders — looking to finish above .500 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since doing it three straight years from 2012 to 2014 — average 60 points per game, but allow 62 points per contest.

The team looks to be finding its way, though, having won three straight at press time by an average of nine points per game.

“We’re playing hard. Guys are finding their roles,” said Olind, who led Mott to the Class A state quarterfinals in 2014. “Consistency could put us on a great path. We’ve got to find some leaders too.”

Mott’s roster comprises 12 players — three seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. The Marauders start one senior (forward Khalil Brown), two juniors (wing De’Jon Gantz and guard Chayse Kozinski), one sophomore (forward London Gillery) and one freshman (guard James Chaney).

Olind said several of his players have the potential to develop into strong leaders, but it hasn’t happened yet. If the team is to make a run in the MAC Red/White tournament — which runs Feb. 15-24 — and in the state playoffs, players need to step up, according to the coach.

Olind is hopeful that his team can put it all together in time for the playoffs.

Mott will play in a Class A district March 5-9 hosted by Warren De La Salle. Mott, which received a bye through the district quarterfinals, will face the winner of a Sterling Heights High and Warren Cousino matchup in a district semifinal at 5:30 p.m. March 7.

The other half of the bracket includes Fraser High, Warren Woods Tower and De La Salle. Tower received a bye through the quarters and will meet either Fraser or De La Salle in a semi slated for 7:30 p.m. March 7. The district final takes place at 7 p.m. March 9.

The winner of the district will face the survivor of a Sterling Heights Stevenson district in a regional semifinal at 5 p.m. March 12 at Macomb Dakota.

“We’ve got a little bit of time. We’ve got all of February to get things right,” Olind said. “We’re going to keep working.”

Mott’s next game is against Madison Heights Madison at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at home.

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