Baldwin bids to keep winning streak going

BALDWIN – Daekwon Fisher has been coming on strong as a sophomore guard for the Baldwin boys varsity basketball team which is preparing to put its 6-0 record on the line Friday night at home against Manistee Catholic Central.

Coach Scott Pedigo has been using Fisher heavily off the bench as a guard. He played junior varsity last season.

“Varsity is more of a challenge,” he said. “JV is like a start. You have to make decisions quicker (on varsity). My main goal is to dish the ball and do what I do. I’m doing well.”

Fisher is working on more use with his left hand. Meanwhile, his team continues to do well.

“It’s been hard work and dedication. We have to keep doing what we do,” he said.

After playing Manistee Catholic Central, Baldwin goes to Traverse Christian Saturday and then has a West Michigan D League showdown at Bear Lake, which is also undefeated in the league.

“That’s going to be the big one this year,” Fisher said. “We have to take care of (MC) first.”

Pedigo is wary of Manistee Catholic’s dangerous scorer Zac Bialik who netted 28 points on Saturday in his team’s 61-33 win against Kalamazoo Central.

“They’re kind of like us in that Karlos (Perez) has been scoring a lot of our points, Pedigo said. “They’ve got a guy (Bialik) scoring all their points. He’s tough. I don’t think anyone they’ve played is as good defensively as us. I watched Bear Lake the other night. They’re undefeated in the league. They lost to Manistee Public.

“I’ve seen everyone else out there. The only team I haven’t seen is Covert. After this week, the only team we’ve missed is Brethren and we’re making that up Feb. 6. Other than that, we’ve played everybody.”

Junior Andon Ware, one of the team’s top scorers, is confident the Panthers can continue their winning ways.

“We’re moving the ball and trusting each other,” he said. “I think we trust each other more this year.

“The key is working hard in practice and everything we do in practice has to translate over into the game. It’s important to make sure we put away teams early and not let them hang around until the fourth quarter.”

Perez, a senior transfer, has fit into the Panther lineup nicely.

“We played with him a couple of times during the summer,” Ware said. “It wasn’t hard to adjust to him.”

Meanwhile, Ware hopes to focus on staying out of foul trouble.

“I believe I play aggressive but I have to learn how to control that,” he said. “My coaches are helping me with that.”