Boys basketball team starts practice season

BALDWIN — Baldwin  boys basketball coach Scott Pedigo opened the practice season with his team this week.

The season starts next month and the Panthers will have three full weeks heading into December when the season starts on Dec. 5 at Scottville.

Pedigo said he’s working with 12 players and may have one going down to the junior varsity.

He was off for two seasons and Pedigo said he’s working with players to get readjusted to his coaching system.

“We’re working on defense with our man-to-man pressure,” he said. “We’ve done a little bit of offense, but not much. It’s only been two days (as of Tuesday).”

On Nov. 28, Reed City and White Cloud will be scrimmaging at Baldwin at 6 p.m. The varsity is at Baldwin, while the JVs are at Reed City.

There’s also a scrimmage on Nov. 30 at West Michigan Christian.

Top players are expected to be returning standouts Deondra McDonald and Blake Dockery. Both saw extensive action last season on a district championship team.  Malik Pollard is expected to be a strong player. He transferred last year and was ineligible at that time to play.

There are other transfers Pedigo is looking at. Players like Ahmad Goram, Ryan Kolenbrander and La’Kie Donald have been in the program in past years.

Speed will again be a Baldwin strength.

“I think we’re fast and are better running up and down the court then at half-court shooting, “ Peidgo said. “We need to get up and down the court.”

Three-point shooting isn’t a strength right now, Pedigo acknowledged.

“But we’ll get there,” he said.

Da’Ron Copeland, the top 3-point shooter from last season, has graduated.