BALDWIN — Baldwin’s boys basketball team opened its season with a 70-35 West Michigan D League victory over Pentwater on Tuesday.

The Panthers are the two-time defending conference champions.

Baldwin was up 11-4 after the first quarter, 33-10 at halftime and 58-24 after the third quarter. The Panthers outscored Pentwater 15-11 in the fourth quarter.

Da’Ron Copeland scored 18 points for Baldwin, followed by Deondra McDonald with 15, and Brandon Beane with 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Maleke Palmer, came off the bench, had 11 points and 10 boards.

“He was my spark from off the bench,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said. “He played really good.”

Baldwin entered the game without having had a preseason scrimmage.

“We started off shaky in the first half,” Dillard said. “Toward the second quarter, we started playing pretty good. We got the cobwebs out. In the second half, we played good defense and started taking control of the game.”

Palmer’s performance was encouraging for Dillard, who’s looking for strong play from his bench.

“My team is pretty big, we only have a few guards,” Dillard said. “Our second half was way better than the first.”

Baldwin is home Thursday night against Walkerville in league play and at Muskegon Heights on Friday for a nonleague battle.