Warren Mott boys basketball gets by Utica Ford as buzzer beater falls short

Marauders 1 game out of first in MAC White

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published January 23, 2018


STERLING HEIGHTS — The shot that would have given the Utica Ford II boys basketball team its first win of the season rolled off the rim, allowing Warren Mott to escape the Jan. 23 meeting with a 46-45 win.

The Marauders with the triumph move to 6-4, 4-2 Macomb Area Conference White Division. The Falcons are now 0-11, 0-6 MAC White.

"That was a tough game that we probably had no business winning," Mott coach Jeff Olind said. "But it was a game we had to have. Championship teams win games like that. Give Ford credit; they battled."

Romeo High and Roseville High met Jan. 23 with first place in the MAC White on the line. The Bulldogs downed the Panthers 60-55 to move to 5-1 in divisional play. Roseville and Mott are tied at 4-2. 

Mott closed the game on a 5-1 run the last 1:58. A tip-in by sophomore wing London Gillery with 1:22 left put the Marauders up for good at 46-44.

Ford sophomore forward Matt Skiba split a pair of free throws to put his team within one at 46-45 with 15.9 left. A Mott turnover with 11.2 left gave the Falcons a chance to win the game, but a layup attempt did not go down.

"What we executed out of the timeout wasn't what we drew up," Ford coach Jeff Olson said. "Luckily our guys had enough basketball sense to get us a good shot. It was a good shot. I thought it was down."

Ford led after each of the first three quarters. Mott's first lead of the second half came with 5:18 left in the game when junior wing De'Jon Gantz, who led the Marauders with 18 points, hit a layup to put his team up 40-39. Gantz tied the game at 44 with a layup and subsequent free throw with 1:47 left.

"Our guys made just enough plays down the stretch to win," Olind said.

Falcons junior guard Colin Cornwell netted 18 points. Ford sophomore guard Taveon Thompson chipped in with nine points.

Mott's next game is against Roseville High at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at home.

Ford next takes the court for a matchup with Utica High at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 on the road.