Baldwin basketball teams fall to Onekama

BALDWIN —  Baldwin’s boys basketball team fell to Onekama on Thursday in a West Michigan D League battle for first place.

The Panthers, 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the league, lost 65-63 when Caleb Wisniski hit a baseliner with 10 seconds to play for the winning basket.

Baldwin had a 17-10 lead in the first quarter and was up 32-28 at halftime. The Panthers had a five-point lead with three minutes to play, but Randy Pienta hit two straight baskets and Wisniski netted two free throws for Onekama. Jacob Mauntler’s basket put the hosts up 63-61. Baldwin tied it with 24 seconds to play prior to Wisniski’s heroics.

“It’s a game we should have won,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said. “We missed key free throws at the end. I had a chance to call a timeout, but the referees didn’t acknowledge it.”

Da’Ron Copeland led Baldwin with 14 points.

“We were leading them, but let them catch up,” Dillard said.

Baldwin will be scrimmaging McBain next week.

The emphasis during break will be “boxing out and making good passes,” Dillard said. “I’ll change a few offensive scheme plays. Some of the players sometimes run a play and get confused and don’t run it the right way.”

The season resumes Jan. 5 at Brethren in another conference battle. The next home game is Jan. 7 against Manistee Catholic Central. Baldwin is 2-1 in the conference.

Girls basketball

Baldwin (0-5) lost to Onekama (2-2)  47-26 in West Michigan D League action on Dec. 16. Grace Hughes led Onekama with 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

Baldwin fell Friday at Brethren 41-30. Taytum Myers led Brethren (4-2) with 19 points and six rebounds. Baldwin held Brethren to 17 percent shooting from the floor.