Bears pull away from ACC in second half

The Alpena Community College men’s basketball team hosted Mott at Alpena High School due to a power outage at the college on Monday.

This change of scenery didn’t do the Lumberjacks must good as they lost 91-53.

“I’m proud of our effort. You hear me lots of time when we win screaming and yelling about how bad we are, but I’m proud of our effort,” ACC coach Frank McCourt said.

In spite of their huge loss, the Lumberjacks (5-20, 3-14 Eastern Conference) put up a solid performance in the first half, trailing 40-32 against a dominant Mott (23-5, 14-3 Eastern Conference) team.

ACC held the Bears scoreless for almost three minutes. The Bears finally took a 4-2 lead with 17:19 left and stayed in front the rest of the way.

The Lumberjacks played physical man-to-man defense against Mott’s offensive attack and was able to shut down several key plays that held the game tight. A bucket from Kharri Dailey with 12:13 left narrowed Mott’s lead to 15-13.

Dailey led ACC with 14 points.

Other key players for the Lumberjacks included Travon Howard and Scott Hicks. Hicks picked up four steals for the Lumberjacks and stayed a defensive asset throughout the first half.

However, by the time Dailey hit a trey at the 10-minute mark, Mott had pulled to a 28-16 lead.

Mott played air tight man-to-man defense that veered into traps and double teams. It also consistently created turnovers before the Lumberjacks could set up successful plays.

The Lumberjacks had 22 turnovers while Mott had 12.

ACC refused to give up and staged a late comeback, picking up two more treys and several key buckets to narrow Mott’s lead to 40-32. The Lumberjacks’ defense held Mott to 11 points in the last five minutes while it picked up 10.

“In the first half, we came back and we played as hard as we can play,” McCourt said.

The second half was much less kind to the Lumberjacks. The Bears started to break through the Lumberjacks’ defensive pressure and scored on several flashy plays that ACC seemed unable to stop.

Mott’s offense was successful enough in the first four minutes of the second half to outscore ACC 14-1 to take a 54-33 lead.

The Lumberjacks never recovered. Mott continued to pile on the points, including a pair of treys from Mailk Albert, to take a 75-46 lead with 7:40 left in the game.

ACC scored seven points on free throws in the last seven minutes of the game and never scored another field goal.

It also struggled to rebound, as Mott picked up 50 rebounds compared to ACC’s 39. It rode its successful offensive and defensive tactics all the way for the rest of the game.

“I think in the second half we just ran out of gas against a really good basketball team. We’re not deep enough to maintain that kind of play,” McCourt said.

ACC hosts Oakland at 7:30 p.m. in its last game of the regular season.

MOTT (91): M. Albert 5 2-4 14; M. Busby 6 0-0 12; D. Foster 6 0-1 12; L. Collier 7 0-0 14; J. Reynolds 7 2-4 14; R. Hayward 5 2-6 12; M. Johnson 3 4-4 11.

ACC (53): T. Howard 2 3-6 7; K. Dailey 4 4-4 14; W. Gates 3 2-4 9; S. Hicks 2 1-2 6; S. Shepard 4 0-1 8; L. Wickert 1 0-0 3; K. Bush 2-2 2; C. Lamp 1 2-2 4.