Baldwin boys roll past Walkerville

BALDWIN — It took a few minutes of action before the Baldwin fast break was clicking Thursday night.

Once it did, the Panthers were unstoppable.

Blake Dockery scored 21 points while Deondra McDonald netted 18 and Da’Ron Copeland put in 15 for a 74-49 West Michigan D League boys basketball win for Baldwin (2-0, 2-0) over Walkerville (0-1, 0-1).

McDonald netted 16 points and Dockery 14 in the first half which ended in a 47-26 halftime Baldwin lead.

Despite the lopsided win, Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard wasn’t overly pleased with his team’s performance.

“I didn’t think we looked too good,” Dillard said. “We should have been more focused and more intense with our jobs.”

Walkerville had early leads in the first quarter.

Copeland netted a pair of 3-pointers from the corner and Dockery hit a 3-pointer late in the quarter for a 23-11 Baldwin lead. The Panthers continued to roll in the second quarter and were up 34-14 on a driving layup by McDonald.

McDonald drove early in the second half for a 49-28 lead. Armondo Jennings hit a pair of layups for a 53-30 lead midway in the third quarter. Copeland scored off his own steal for Baldwin and Brandon Beane had a putback for a 60-30 lead with a minute left in the third. It was 60-34 after three.

Dockery’s layup early in the fourth gave Baldwin a commanding 67-43 lead.

“We’re a good running team,” Dillard said. “We can fast break teams all day. We have to work on our defense and where we’re supposed to be and where we’re supposed to go.”

Carl Tanner led Walkerville with 14 points.

“We didn’t play as a team,”  senior Maleke Palmer said. “We have to come focused, come with heart.”

Baldwin was coming off a 70-35 win over Pentwater on Tuesday.

“I think we took a step backwards,” Dillard said. “We played a lot better the first game. I was trying to show the crowd what we’ve been working on and show everybody what we’ve been practicing on. It may have been our competition, but we just played flat.”

Baldwin played at Muskegon Heights on Friday night.

“I hope we get ready for that game because I don’t want to be embarrassed out there,” Dillard said on Thursday. “I want a good showing for that game. We will have to play way better.”

Muskegon Heights 76, Baldwin 59

MUSKEGON — Da’Ron Copeland scored 28 points while Blake Dockery added 13 and Deondra McDonald had 12 for the Panthers in Friday’s loss at Muskegon Heights.

“We came to play in the first half,” Dillard said. “We made some mistakes, then it got away from us.”

The game was still “winable” in the fourth quarter, Dillard said. But the Panthers, who missed 14 free throws, weren’t able to get the key points down the stretch.

“I was very proud of the team’s effort,” he said. “The score didn’t dictate really how they played. They played better than the previous night and gave Muskegon Heights a game.”