Baldwin boys basketball team sneak past Brethren


Pioneer News Network

BRETHREN — Basketball’s a game of momentum, and sometimes the longest sustained swing has the biggest impact on the outcome.

Despite a late rally Monday night, Brethren couldn’t recover from a 20-3 third-quarter outburst by Baldwin. The Panthers held on for the West Michigan D League win, 53-46.

“If there would have been about three more minutes, we might have been in trouble,” said Baldwin coach Scott Pedigo of the Bobcats’ fourth-quarter rally. “But games like this are kind of what high school basketball is about — all those momentum swings. Obviously it’s a little more fun on our side right now, but we’ve been on both ends. It was a fun game to be a part of.”

After a 14-14 first quarter, Brethren outplayed the the Panthers in the second for a 25-19 halftime lead, and outscored Baldwin (8-4, 7-3 WMD) in the fourth, 18-14, during its attempt to rally. It was the third quarter, however, that eventually doomed the Bobcats.

“Again, we played great for three quarters,” Brethren coach Travis Walker said. “The effort was there, and we were doing the things we’ve been working on. Things were clicking, but we just can’t have a bad quarter; especially against a team that brings pressure like


Trailing by six at the half, the Panthers came back out wanting to run.

“We quit pressing because it was really killing us,” Pedigo said. “They were beating us up on it. I thought about it at half time, and just decided to go to our half court defense and see what happens. And it’s no secret we aren’t always successful in our halfcourt sets. We wanted to get those transition buckets.”

Baldwin’s Karlos Perez, who finished with a game-high 21, took over early in the third by scoring eight straight during his team’s 12-0 opening run. The Panthers held the Bobcats to just one field goal and a free throw in the frame, and took a 39-28 lead into the fourth.

“I told the guys we have to find a way to minimize those mistakes, those stretches of time,” Walker said of the third. “We’ve given up too many big runs this year. That third quarter — 20-3 — that’s a huge run. And it’s attributed to our turnovers. We made it real easy for them for a while there.”

The Bobcats (4-10, 4-7 WMD) bounced back in the fourth, but never got back over the hump.

“Brethren did a nice job beating us over the top, and I think with the lead, we got a little lazy and didn’t play with the intensity we needed to finish,” Pedigo said. “Travis does a good job of getting those guys to see things out there. And they were really taking advantage of some weaknesses we were showing.”

The Bobcats brought the game back within two points midway through the fourth and again with 1:46 left. Baldwin, however, scored the game’s final five points to secure the win.

Brethren’s Colton Podbilski led his team with 12 points while James Connolly scored 11.

The Bobcats’ junior varsity team won 48-34 on Monday. Brethren’s Michael Pettinato led the way with 11 while Alan Gouze scored 10.