Baldwin basketball prepares for home game against Manistee Catholic Central

BALDWIN — The schedule will be getting busier in upcoming days for the Baldwin Panthers boys basketball team.

Coach Scott Pedigo’s squad, 6-0, was scheduled to play at Brethren on Thursday but the game was snowed out and rescheduled for Feb. 6.

The Panthers will be playing this Friday in West Michigan D League action at home against Manistee Catholic Central. Saturday, they’re at Traverse City Christian in non-league play.

“I’ve got plenty of days to get ready this week,” Pedigo said.

He’s expecting a tough game against Manistee Catholic Central.

“I think this will be our toughest game,” Pedigo said. “They’ll be tougher (than TC Christian). But they’re not a pushover either. It will be a tough game. The nice thing is it’s home.

“When we can play a league team first at home, that’s an advantage. This is one of those games that could be a 5-point game. I think we can beat them. I think we can win by more than that if we come out and play the right way. If we showed up like we did against Onekama, they might blow us out of the gym. It will be interesting.”

Despite a sluggish start against Onekama, the Panthers won that game last week 61-34.

It will be a challenge, Pedigo added, at Traverse City Christian.

“You never know when you go on the road like that and play back-to-back nights.” Pedigo said. “You don’t know how your legs are going to be. I can’t prepare a lot for that. Then we’re at Bear Lake (Jan. 18).”

Bear Lake improved its record to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the league Thursday night in a 69-39 win over Crossroads. Pedigo was at the game as a spectator.

“They’re pretty good. It’s the first time I’ve seen them in purpose and I’ve watched them on tape twice,” Pedigo said. “I definitely think it’s a winnable game. They beat up on Manistee Catholic. That’s more of a rivalry for them and you don’t know how that game’s going to be.

“We’ll be at Bear Lake. It’s tough to play up there. There’s a lot of factors against you. But I don’t see a game on our schedule we can’t win right now.”

After six games, Karlos Perez is averaging 21.7 points and 9.8 rebounds a game, followed by Andon Ware at 12.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists and Brandon Childress at 7.0 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game.