Baldwin boys basketball team eager to secure championships

BALDWIN — Every game remaining on Baldwin’s boys basketball schedule has a championship at stake.

The Panthers, 14-4, are home Thursday with Manistee Catholic Central and Saturday with Brethren. They need to win both games to secure a share of the title in the West Michigan D League.

Saturday’s game with Brethren was rescheduled from Tuesday because of the weather. The JV game on starts at 4 p.m.

Next Monday, Baldwin opens the Class D district tournament at Mason County Eastern with a first-round game against Walkerville. The Panthers would play Wednesday and Friday if they keep winning. They could wind up playing Manistee Catholic and Brethren again.

In their most recent game, the Panthers were at Big Rapids on Friday night and beat Crossroads Charter Academy 71-48. Baldwin led 15-14 after the first quarter, 39-27 at halftime and 54-40 after the third period.

“In the second half we played better,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said. “We got a chance to figure things out.”

Brandon Childress scored 35 points for Baldwin, followed by Miguel Mahan with 18 points and Demetrius Kane with six.

“Miguel is playing well,” Dillard said. “He’s asserted himself in a starting role. He played pretty well Friday night.”

Crossroads,10-8, was led by Tate Wickes and Joe Balanda with 15 points apiece and Josh Henderson with 12.

“These next two games will tell how we’ll do in the district,” Dillard said. “It will get us ready for the district.”