BALDWIN  — The Baldwin boys basketball team ended an eight-day break with a home game Wednesday against Pentwater.

The Panthers are scheduled to be at Walkerville on Friday and at Mason County Eastern on Wednesday. Their next home game is Feb. 6 with Onekama in a key West Michigan D League battle.

Coach Kevin Dillard is optimistic the Panthers can have a strong second half to the season.

Baldwin defeated Pentwater in the season opener and later beat Walkerville.

“They’re both beatable,” Dillard said. “Walkerville is right before the break.”

Maleke Palmer had a career game in the opener and the Panthers are hoping their senior center has another successful evening.

The Panthers are 5-4. Dillard said defense and fundamentals have been the focus in practice.

The team enters the second half healthy, he indicated.

“I have a new crew coming in,” Dillard said. “I’ve got a few new guys coming in.”

The last action for the Panthers was on Jan. 19 at Kalamazoo Phoenix with a 71-60 loss.

Deondra McDonald scored 19 points in that game, followed by Dockery with 13 and Da’Ron Copeland with 11.

Most of the games coming up for Baldwin the rest of the season will be in conference play.