Baldwin boys basketball crushes shorthanded Big Rapids CCA

BALDWIN—Baldwin’s boys basketball team flexed their muscles on Thursday with a dominant win over Big Rapids CCA.

Baldwin stayed undefeated on Thursday in dominant fashion against Big Rapids CCA on Thursday, pulling out a 75-7 victory. Baldwin saw four players score more than points as the Panthers beat a Crossroads team that had five players out due to illness.

"For us, we got everybody playing time and had a couple of younger kids and some JV kids get some minutes, which is good for them," Baldwin coach J.J. Eads said. "And it helped a varsity kid who was struggling from the floor. It's a good little boost no matter what."

The game was in Baldwin’s hands from the outset. Baldwin shut out CCA in the first quarter, jumping out to a 26-0 lead, and they kept pulling away. Eventually they would lead 35-0 before CCA got on the board. CCA hit a deep three to score their first points of the game and to end the shutout.

Still, Baldwin kept pouring it on. At the half, Baldwin led 54-3 after hitting a buzzer beater 3-point shot.

Baldwin's leading scorer on the night was SJ Hossler, who had 14 points on the evening. Three other players scored more than 10 points: Chance Dockery (13), Carmelo Lindsey (13) and David Lee (10).

The third and fourth quarters had a running clock and the fourth went exactly eight minutes with no clock stoppage.

"I felt bad for Crossroads coming in shorthanded like that and they're already inexperienced," Eads said. "So I give credit to the Crossroads kids for completing the game. So it's definitely tough for everybody but  I appreciate them coming over and gutting it out."

CCA was outsized and outpaced by the Baldwin Panthers with five players out with illness and one key player hurt.

"They never gave up," CCA Head coach Paulette Warczinsky said. "If you watch them play the entire game and never looked at the scoreboard you would not known. They have drive and the want to win."