Baldwin boys basketball team holds back MCC

BALDWIN — Baldwin’s boys basketball team only had one game last week, Friday night at Manistee Catholic Central, and pulled out a 52-48 victory

“We played a sluggish game again,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said. 

Da’Ron Copeland led the Panthers with 18 points.

Baldwin scored only 14 points in the first quarter and five in the second.

“We pulled out the game, but it wasn’t our best performance at all,” Dillard said.

Chad Robke had 13 points in the game and had a 3-pointer with 4:52 to play in the game for a 46-43 MCC lead.

But Baldwin would limit the Sabers to only one more field goal the rest of the game.

Copeland missed the front end of a one-and-one with 26.8 seconds remaining which could have given the Panthers a two possession game. Manistee Catholic Central, trailing 50-48, could have tied the game or hit a 3-pointer for the game-winner, but threw away an inbounds pass. Copeland was fouled and hit two free throws with 10 seconds to play to seal the victory.

It was MCC’s fifth loss in a row. If the Panthers beat Mason County Eastern in the first round of the district in March at MCC, the Panthers would face the Sabers again on their home floor.

“Every conference win is a big win for us,” Dillard said. “This is where our (district) tournament is going to be, so we’re trying to get better and work out the kinks. It isn’t a matter of how big we win, as long as we win and get ourselves better.”

Baldwin’s game on Wednesday with Brethren was rescheduled to Feb. 24 at home. Friday night, Baldwin is home against Crossroads Charter Academy. The Panthers lost to the Cougars earlier this season.

Pioneer Sports Network writer Scott Yoshonis contributed to this report.