Baldwin boys set for rematch with CCA

It doesn’t get any easier for the Baldwin Panthers boys basketball team this week.

On Wednesday, the Panthers were scheduled to play at Bear Lake in West Michigan D League action. They’ll be home Friday night to take on Big Rapids Crossroads, the first-place team in the league.

Baldwin is 2-15. Last week, the Panthers lost 58-32 to Manistee Catholic Central on the road on Friday. Earlier in the week on Valentine’s Day, they lost 60-55 to Onekama.

“That was the end of four games in six days,” said Baldwin coach Scott Pedigo. “We were right in that game. It came down to the last minute or so. We played well. We were out of gas. We didn’t have the legs to keep up Monday.”

MCC had a 15-3 lead over Baldwin in the first quarter and a 30-11 bulge at halftime. The Panthers matches MCC with 15 points in the third quarter. MCC had a 13-6 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.

Andon Ware had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers.

“I don’t know where we were,” Pedigo said. “We had a three-point first quarter and we could never get out of that hole.”

With Bear Lake and Crossroads on the schedule this week, Pedigo wasn’t expecting easier times.Crossroads defeated Bear Lake 80-38 on Saturday although the two teams also had a much closer game the previous week.

“They’re both pretty good teams. I went to watch both teams play Saturday,” Pedigo said. “Crossroads looks like they’re playing well now. Bear Lake did not look so well Saturday. Bear Lake also played on Friday night and they only have eight kids. They have a short bench. I hope we can use that to our advantage.”