Baldwin boys lose to Crossroads

BALDWIN — An 89-64 victory for Crossroads at Baldwin Friday night sealed the title outright for the Cougars, the first conference crown for the school in boys hoops

Jalen Carter pumped in 24 points for the winners while Isaiah Simmons added 21 points.

Aaron Thomas netted 25 points for Baldwin which is 2-17 overall and 2-14 in the conference. The Panthers are home Thursday against Northport.

Travis Plotts hit a pair of baskets in the first quarter to help Baldwin overcome an early 9-2 deficit and trail only 12-7 going into the second quarter.

Marcus Routley had the hot hand for the Cougars with two 3-pointers and two field goals plus a free-throw in a 29-point second quarter for Crossroads. Carter had 10 points in the quarter and Crossroads was up 41-19 at halftime. Thomas had six of his points in the second quarter for Baldwin.

Crossroads had a 51-32 rebounding advantage.

“Offensive boards killed us, that’s no secret,” said Baldwin coach Scott Pedigo. “That’s been a problem all year for us. I tried to go with a little taller lineup to help with that. But their shortest guy, Isaiah, was killing us on the offensive boards. Rebounding has been a problem. We work it and we work it. But in games, we want to think we can outjump everyone. When your tallest boy is 6-1 or 6-2, you’re not going to be able to jump for

everything.”

Pedigo said he was happy with every quarter except the second. “Some guys got into foul trouble, too, so I had to go to my bench,” Pedigo said. “I got away with a couple of guys having four fouls awhile tonight. But it takes away your aggressiveness going after offensive rebounds.”

The last time Baldwin played Northport, the Panthers lost by three.

Baldwin is home next Wednesday for Class D action against Marion at 6 p.m.