Baldwin boys set for home opener against Walkerville

BALDWIN — It’s the first week of boys basketball action for the Baldwin Panthers, but it’s scheduled to be a busy one.

The Panthers opened with a 70-35 win Tuesday against Pentwater. They have their home opener on Thursday against Walkerville in their second West Michigan D League game of the season. They have a nonleague game Friday night at Class C power Muskegon Heights.

“We have to work together because we didn’t have any scrimmages,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said. “We had a light scrimmage against our alumni. Hopefully we’ll work things out and get things in order and get things going for the season.”

It will be a contrast in opponents later this week. Walkerville has been down in past seasons, but Muskegon Heights is usually a state power.

“Muskegon Heights has a lot of returning players from last year,” Dillard said. “I expect it to go up and down.”

Next week, Baldwin is home Tuesday with Mason County Eastern on Tuesday and at Onekama on Thursday in two more conference games. They’re off until holiday break prior to returning to action with a game at Brethren on Jan. 5 and home with Manistee Catholic on Jan. 7.

Dillard has been experimenting with his lineup. Da’Ron Copeland, Deondra McDonald, Blake Dockery, Brandon Beane and Armondo Jennings have been expected to be among the leaders. Maleke Palmer had a strong game from off the bench in the win over Pentwater on Tuesday.