Baldwin basketball team crushes Crossroads

Panthers earn fourth win of season

Baldwin's Carmelo Lindsey drives to the basket against Crossroads on Friday.

Baldwin's Carmelo Lindsey drives to the basket against Crossroads on Friday.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

BIG RAPIDS – It was Baldwin’s and Crossroads’ first boys basketball game since the holiday break and the Panthers were demonstrating plenty of firepower on both ends of the court.

The Panthers (4-0) built a 37-8 halftime lead and went on to a 70-26 West Michigan D League win over the Cougars on Friday.

It was tight early and William Griswold’s 3-pointer gave CCA an 8-7 lead, before Carmelo Lindsey took over and hit some key baskets to put Baldwin in control. It was 18-8 and Baldwin went on a 19-0 run for the rest of the half. Jesse Pancio scored three straight baskets for Baldwin during that stretch and the Panthers were getting many points off steals.

The Cougars started finding the scoring touch in the second half. But Baldwin had a 54-14 lead to put the running clock in effect for a few minutes. CCA went on a 9-0 run with Raj Singh hitting some free throws to spark the surge. Luke Roman had a 3-pointer for CCA.

Javon Hawkins scored at 4:23 of the fourth for a 63-26 lead for the visitors.

Raj Singh led Crossroads with 16 points followed by Luke Roman with six.

“Tonight, we were mainly focusing on rebounding and communicating,” Roman said. “I felt we communicated better than we did the last few games. But rebounding is tough with the size. We’re not disciplined enough to box them out and get them out of the paint.”

Lindsey led Baldwin with 25 points while SJ Hossler and Jesse Pancio had 12 apiece and Javon Hawkins and Louie Jackson had eight apiece.

“We need to play better in the first quarter and second quarter a lot better,” Jackson said.

Baldwin coach JJ Eads said he was happy with how his team came out late r in the first half following a slow first quarter when it was anybody’s game. He was happy with how his various players, led by Pancio and Lindsey were able to eventually take charge. He was also happy with his team’s defense.

“He were concerned coming in on holding down Singh,” he said.

Baldwin is home with Walkerville on Tuesday. Crossroads is home with Brethren on Tuesday.

The game was rescheduled after being snowed out on Thursday and Eads was happy to play the game the next day since his squad had not performed since prior to the Christmas break.