Baldwin boys look to rebound from double losses

BALDWIN — It’s been a tough two-game stretch for the Baldwin boys basketball team and likely won’t get any easier this week.

The Panthers were 6-0 this time a week ago but lost 43-38 on Friday to Manistee Catholic at home in West Michigan D League action and fell 56-49 on Saturday to Traverse City Christian.

The Panthers struggled offensively Friday night, coach Scott Pedigo noted, and it didn’t get much better on Saturday.

“It was like the same thing on Friday,” Pedigo said. “We missed a whole lot of layups to take the lead. We cut it to one with 30 seconds left. We just couldn’t finish. We had four chances to take the lead in the last minutes but didn’t do it. It was like the same game just happening all over again.”

TC Christian’s height advantage hampered the Panthers, Pedigo noted. Defensively, they also paid plenty of attention to senior Karlos Perez, who is averaging 21 points a game. He only scored six points in the loss to MCC.

“They hurt us on the boards, with offensive rebounding,” he said. “They ran a zone but double-teamed Karlos wherever he was. He was high post, they had two guys in the high post. Defensively, it’s like I’ve said all year we’re horrible offensively. We had a lot of nice inside shots but the ball wouldn’t go in.

“We had something like four steals in a row but they wouldn’t go in.”

Wednesday night, Baldwin plays at Bear Lake, which is in first place in the conference at 7-0, ahead of Manistee Catholic Central at 6-1 and Baldwin at 5-1.

“Like I said, these were the three hardest games in our schedule that will tell us where we’re at,” Pedigo said. “I definitely thought Saturday was the most winnable one of the three. They are all winnable. But we’re our worst enemy right now.”

Bear Lake is 9-1 overall and won’t be easy at home, Pedigo admitted.

“That’s going to be tough,” he said. “It’s always tough there. It’s going to be a different style of game up there. It will be a real type of finesse game.”